With a number of medals and national titles from France and Brazil to his name, Sydney-sider Tyler Martin made his Olympic debut in Rio for the Australian water polo team.
The Aussies lined up against the Brazilian hosts in their opening Game of the 2016 Olympics, but the roars from the home crowd proved to be too much as the boys narrowly went down 8-7. In their second pool game, the Aussies bounced back to secure a 9-9 draw with powerhouse Hungary, before they recorded an 8-6 win over Japan in game three.
Determined to try and secure Australia’s first ever men’s water polo medal, the Aussies then lined up with eventual Gold medallists Serbia and after a hard fought battle went down 10-8. Hungary defeating Brazil resulted in a fifth place finish in their pool for the green and gold, meaning the Aussies would not progress to the quarter-final stage.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Marin moved to Australia at a young age and took up water polo as a 12-year-old with the Drummonye Devils. At 19, he was named in the National Water Polo League All Star team.
Martin has played professionally in France, Italy, Hungary and Brazil. Along with fellow Sharks teammate, Nathan Power, Martin lived in Rio de Janeiro for three weeks at the end of 2015. The two Aussie Sharks helped the Botafogo team to their first national water polo title in 10 years.
He made his international debut for Australia in 2010, and the following year won silver at the Volvo Cup in Hungary and bronze at the Italian Cup. He made his World Championships debut in 2013, where Australia placed eighth in Barcelona, Spain. Never played in a World Junior Championships but has played Professionally in France, Italy, Hungary and Brazil
Martin graduated from Macquarie University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing. He is the founder and managing director of a company that makes customizable swimwear and sporting goods.