Sisters set to step it up

26 July 2012

WATER POLO: Step sisters Kate Gynther and Mel Rippon have been team mates in the Australian squad for the past decade, so it is only fitting that they close out their Olympic careers together in London.

“This will very likely be my last Olympics,” Rippon said.

“I never thought I would be lucky enough to know when my last game for Australia would be, but there is a chance that could happen here. 

“I’m looking at it like I have nothing left in the tank after this and I’m putting all of it on the line. I have always approached my water polo that way anyway but I have a little bit extra motivation there now.”

Team captain Gynther also flagged London as her last Olympic campaign, and the 30 year-old is using that fact as additional motivation to finish with a gold medal.

“It’s a huge motivation,” Gynther said of knowing this will be her last Games. 

“Going in knowing it will probably be my last opportunity to win it would be an awesome way to finish.”

Gynther was a standout performer at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, scoring five goals in the quarter final win over China, three in the semi final against the United States and three in the bronze medal win over Hungary.

Gynther’s 13 goals in Beijing saw her finish as the second leading scorer in the tournament. She was also a member of Australia’s 2004 team at the Athens Olympic Games.

Rippon is Australia’s most capped player and she will also be competing at her third Olympics. She is a former team captain and has played over 300 times in the green and gold.

Australia opens its campaign on Monday against Italy, followed by further preliminary round matches against Great Britain and Russia. 

Kevin Diggerson in London

Olympics.org.au

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