In an exciting addition to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games build up, Water Polo Australia today announced the Aussie Sharks and Aussie Stingers will host the USA water polo teams in Brisbane next January.
The three test match series will be held as part of the Australian Youth Water Polo Championships (AYWPC) which is the largest junior water polo competition in the southern hemisphere attracting more than 3,000 participants from across the country.
The two nations share a long standing rivalry in water polo, even more so in the women’s after Australia famously edged out the USA to claim gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. It was the first year that women’s water polo was introduced to the Olympic Games and Australia’s women’s water polo team took home the gold medal by one point.
“In 2020 we will celebrate 20 years since the inclusion of women’s water polo at the Olympic Games and what better way for us to mark that occasion in Australia then delivering a rematch of the infamous Australia vs USA women’s gold medal match we witnessed at the Sydney 2000 Games,’ said Joelie Chishold, Water Polo Australia CEO. “With under a year to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, we are thrilled to be able to host the USA and provide local sporting fans the opportunity to see our players in action ahead of the Games.
The event was secured by the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, in partnership with Brisbane City Council, through Brisbane Marketing. Tickets go on sale today for the Australia-USA Test Matches and the Australian Youth Water Polo Championships – click here. All AYWPC competitors and Officials will receive FREE entry into the Test Matches.
AUSTRALIA VS USA TEST MATCHES
Dates: 14, 16 & 18 January 2020
Location: Brisbane Aquatic Centre
AUSTRALIAN YOUTH WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dates: 11-23 January 2020
Locations: Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Valley Pool, All Hallows, Sommerville House, Stuartholme
Who: More than 3,000 participants; from 170 teams across Australia aged 12-18 years old