Gemma Beadsworth

Gemma Beadsworth won Olympic bronze in the 2008 and 2012 women’s water polo tournaments. In 2008 the West Australian was the youngest member of the team, turning 21 a month before the Games. The right-handed centre forward had enjoyed a fine junior career, highlighted by winning the 2007 FINA World Junior Championships. In Beijing, she proved herself to be one of the most dynamic young players in the world. Beadsworth’s nine goals placed her among the tournament’s top ten scorers. The bronze medal final against Hungary was decided in a penalty shoot-out, the final score being 12-11.

With another four years experience under her belt, Beadsworth returned to Olympic competition at the London 2012 Games. The Australian Stingers played extra time games in the quarter-final, semi-final and bronze medal decider. After falling to their American rivals in the semi 11-9, the bronze medal game again featured Australia and Hungary and it provided amazing drama. The Hungarians scored in the final second to force the extra period, however the Australians remained composed and scored the only two goals in added time to take the bronze, 13-11. Beadsworth finished the tournament with ten goals. 

 

Olympic Results

London 2012 - Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Women
Preliminary Round Group B - 02 Q1: 2-1, Q2: 2-3, Q3: 4-0, Q4: 2-4 ITA 10 - 8 Win
Preliminary Round Group B - 03 Q1: 3-1, Q2: 3-1, Q3: 5-1, Q4: 5-0 GBR 16 - 3 Win
Preliminary Round Group B - 06 Q1: 6-4, Q2: 2-1, Q3: 0-1, Q4: 3-2 RUS 11 - 8 Win
Quarterfinal Round - 02 Q1: 5-5, Q2: 3-3, Q3: 2-4, Q4: 2-4, ET1: 2-1, ET2: 0-1, PSO: 4-2 CHN 20 - 18 Win
Semifinal 1st-4th - 01 Q1: 3-3, Q2: 2-3, Q3: 1-1, Q4: 3-2, ET1: 0-2, ET2: 0-0 USA 9 - 11 Loss
Bronze Medal Match Q1: 2-1, Q2: 5-3, Q3: 3-4, Q4: 1-3, ET1: 1-0, ET2: 1-0 HUN 13 - 11 Win  
Final Placing 3 / 8

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Women
Preliminaries - Group B - Game 3 - GRE v AUS Q1: 2:5, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 1:1, Q4: 1:0 GRE 6-8 Win
Preliminaries - Group B - Game 5 - HUN v AUS Q1: 1:1, Q2: 1:1, Q3: 1:2, Q4: 4:3 HUN 7-7 Draw
Preliminaries - Group B - Game 9 - NED v AUS Q1: 1:2, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 1:2, Q4: 5:4 NED 9-10 Win
Quarterfinals - Game 14 - CHN v AUS Q1: 4:4, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 2:4, Q4: 3:2 CHN 12-11 Win
Semifinals - Game 17 - USA v AUS Q1: 2:2, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 4:1, Q4: 1:3 USA 8-9 Loss
Bronze Medal Game - Game 19 - AUS v HUN (3,4) Q1: 2:2, Q2: 1:3, Q3: 3:1, Q4: 1:1, ET1: 2:1, ET2: 0:1, PSO: 3:2 HUN 12-11 Win  
Final Placing 3 / 8

AYOF 2003 - Australian Youth Olympic Festival

Water Polo - Women
Final Placing 4 / 4