Bronwen Knox lead the women’s water polo side at her third Olympic campaign at the Rio 2016 Games, after winning bronze medals for Australia in 2008 and 2012.
The Aussies kicked started their Rio campaign with a strong, dominant 14-4 win over Russia. Their second pool match proved to be more of a challenge with the green and gold side narrowly going down to Italy 7-8 despite the scores being tied until the final seconds.
The Aussies then powered home to take a decisive 10-3 win over hosts Brazil in the final pool game, setting up a quarter final clash against Hungary. In a physical, tense and ultimately heartbreaking encounter the Australians lost in a penalty shootout after scores were level, 8-8, after four quarters, ending their 2016 Olympic campaign.
The Queenslander had a stellar Olympic debut in Beijing, scoring 12 goals to be the third leading goal scorer in the tournament. This haul included three goals in Australia’s thrilling 12-11 bronze medal victory over Hungary.
Knox has been representing Australia in water polo for over a decade and has played more than 300 games for the nation. She won bronze at the 2003 Australian Youth Olympic Festival and made her senior team international debut in 2005 at an Australia vs New Zealand test match in Canberra. A career highlight was winning gold at the 2006 World Cup in China.
The centre-back almost considered ending her water polo career after she fractured her collarbone at the Rio test event in November, 2015 (where Australia won gold). However, she was determined to compete at her third games with her heart set on the elusive Olympic gold.
Out of the pool, Knox is passionate about furthering her education and has a number of qualifications under her belt, including a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, a Graduate Diploma in Public Health (Emergency and Disaster Management) and is currently studying a Bachelor of Law (Honours). After her sporting career she hopes to work in the field of health promotion.