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.