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Australian Olympic women's team named for Beijing
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Gold Coast (June 25).— The Australian Olympic women’s water polo team was announced at an official AOC dinner here tonight.

Brisbane’s Mel Rippon will captain the team with Western Australian goalkeeper Emma Knox named vice-captain.

Included in the side are five women from Queensland, six from New South Wales and two from Western Australia.

There are two sets of sisters in the time with Mel and Rebecca Rippon joined by step-sister Kate Gynther alongside Sydney siblings Mia and Jenna Santoromito.

Returning from the Athens Olympic team will be the Rippons and Gynther, Sydney University Lions’ Nikita Cuffe and Emma Knox.

The team, ranked second in the world and the winner of the World Cup in 2006, is a strong contender for a medal in Beijing.

Head Coach Greg McFadden was adamant that the team would be returning home with the gold medal, he said at the official dinner, attended by sponsors, Australian Olympic officials, headed by Assistant Chef de Mission and dual Olympic champion Mike Wenden, and AWPI officials, led by President Peter Kerr.

The team: Gemma Beadsworth, Nikita Cuffe, Suzie Fraser, Taniele Gofers, Kate Gynther, Amy Hetzel, Bronwen Knox, Emma Knox, Alicia McCormack, Melissa Rippon, Rebecca Rippon, Jenna Santoromito, Mia Santoromito. Manager: Jeanette Gunn. Head Coach: Greg McFadden. Assistant Coaches: Ryan Moar, Aleks Osadchuk. Physio: Danealle Lilley. Doctor: Grace Bryant.

Gemma BeadsworthGemma Beadsworth Nikita Cuffe
Nikita Cuffe
Suzie Fraser
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Taniele Gofers
Taniele Gofers
Kate Gynther
Kate Gynther
Amy Hetzel
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Bronwen Knox
Bronwen Knox
Emma Knox
Emma Knox
Alicia McCormack
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Melissa Rippon
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Rebecca Rippon
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Jenna Santoromito
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Mia Santoromito
Mia Santoromito
     
Head Coach
Greg McFadden

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Assistant Coach
Ryan Moar

Ryan Moar
Assistant Coach
Aleks Osadchuk
Aleks Osadchuk
Manager
Jeanette Gunn
Jeanette Gunn