George Ford

Up-and-coming water polo driver and centre back George Ford joined his Australian teammates in Rio for his maiden Olympics.
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. 
Ford started playing water polo at 12 years-old at high school in Perth. He placed fourth at his first major international competition at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Volos, Greece.
He won gold at his senior international debut at the Danube Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia in 2013. The same year he won silver in the National Water Polo League with his Western Australian team, the UWA Torpedoes.
The following year he went on to represent Australia at the World Cup and World League. In 2015 he placed 8th with the Aussie Sharks at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
Former Sports Captain at his high school, Christchurch Grammar School, when he’s not in the pool, Ford is a university student at the University of Western Australia, studying a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Human Biology.

 

Olympic Results

2016 Rio

Water Polo - Men
Preliminary Round Q1: 3:2, Q2: 2:1, Q3: 2:2, Q4: 1:2 BRA 8 - 7 Loss
Preliminary Round Q1: 4:3, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 1:3, Q4: 2:1 HUN 9 - 9 Draw
Preliminary Round Q1: 1:2, Q2: 2:1, Q3: 3:2, Q4: 2:1 JPN 8 - 6 Win
Preliminary Round Q1: 2:2, Q2: 2:3, Q3: 2:1, Q4: 4:2 SRB 10 - 8 Loss
Preliminary Round Q1: 5:3, Q2: 5:1, Q3: 0:1, Q4: 2:2 GRE 12 - 7 Win
Final Placing 9 / 12