Sydneysider Aidan Roach made his second Olympic appearance in Rio with the Aussie men after they placed 5th at the 2016 World League Super Final in Huizhou, China.
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.
Roach was just nine when he first started playing water polo. At 19 he debuted for Australia at the 2009 World League preliminaries in Adelaide and the Exercise Science and Human Movement university student went on to win a gold medal at the 2009 World University Games in Serbia.
Roach showed his star potential at the 2012 World League Finals, scoring five goals and winning selection for his first Olympic Games in 2012. Australia finished seventh at his debut games in London.
He has represented Australia at the 2011, 2013 and 2015 FINA World Championships and has played professionally across three leagues in Europe for six years, including both the Serbian and Hungarian National League competitions.
Roach's father is former Australian Rugby League representative and current media personality Steve 'Blocker' Roach.