Aaron Younger made his second Olympic appearance at Rio, as one of seven returning Olympians from the London 2012 side. Younger proved extremely useful to the side with a total of seven goals across five games.
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.
After giving up swimming for water polo when he was 10, Younger made his international debut as a 17-year-old in 2009 and was a part of the successful 2009 Australian University Team that won gold at the World University Games.
He went on to gain selection for the Australian Olympic Team to compete at the 2012 Games where he was the youngest member of the team, eventually finishing in seventh place.
Perth born Younger has played overseas for five consecutive seasons and donned the green and gold cap at three separate World Championships.
Out of the water, Younger studies a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Finance at Curtin University.