Webster has higher goals

Australian Olympic water polo bronze medallist Rowena Webster was a guest speaker at the TIS's elite athlete performance induction at Newstead College yesterday. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Australian Olympic water polo bronze medallist Rowena Webster was a guest speaker at the TIS's elite athlete performance induction at Newstead College yesterday. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

AUSTRALIA'S women's water polo team is determined to improve on its London bronze medal at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, says Stingers centre-back Rowena Webster.

The 26-year-old, who was part of the team that picked up bronze at the 2012 Games, said the team was driven to get back to the heights of Sydney in 2000 when Australia was able to take home the gold after beating the US in the final.

"We're two years out from Rio, which will hopefully be my second Olympics, and we're a fairly fresh young team," Webster said.

"So we're just building our combinations at the moment and we've got a world cup this year and a world champs next year which will lead us into Rio.

"We're currently ranked second in the world and it would be nice to get a world cup gold medal to boost everyone's confidence and the team morale, but in terms of where we sit [in the water polo world] it is hard to tell where we do actually sit.

"We went into London wanting a gold medal and not being successful there is driving us just to get better. At every camp and every session, you've got it in the back of your mind that you're there to do a job, you're there to win a gold medal and bring it home for Australia."

Webster was in Tasmania yesterday as a guest speaker at the Tasmanian Institute of Sport's elite athlete performance induction at Newstead College in Launceston, where she shared her experiences of life as an elite athlete to about 80 young athletes.

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