Kate Gynther

Kate Gynther is a triple Olympian (2004, 2008, 2012) and dual Olympic water polo bronze medallist (2008 and 2012). Gynther made her Olympic debut in 2004 alongside her step-sisters Melissa and Rebecca Rippon where the team placed fourth. Determined to return with a medal in 2008, Gynther was one of the outstanding players of Beijing. She was the tournament’s second top scorer, finishing with 13 goals. This included three in the bronze medal final (one during the deciding penalty shoot-out) to help Australia defeat Hungary 12-11. The Queenslander had special reason to celebrate the podium finish - her step-sisters were also still on the team. They were one of two sets of sisters represented – Jenna and Mia Santoromito were the other.

Gynther returned to Olympic competition at the London 2012 Games along with Melissa Rippon and was given the honour of captaining her country. Under Gynther’s leadership the team was undefeated in the pool rounds before playing three extra time games in the finals. After beating China in the quarter-final through a penalty shoot-out, the Aussies fell to their American rivals in the semi 11-9. The bronze medal game shaped up as a rematch between Australia and Hungary and it too went into extra-time. The Hungarians scored in the final second of normal play 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. Gynther 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

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Women
Preliminaries Q1: 3:1, Q2: 1:2, Q3: 1:1, Q4: 1:1 ITA 6-5 Win
Preliminaries Q1: 3:2, Q2: 2:1, Q3: 2:0, Q4: 2:1 KAZ 9-4 Win
Preliminaries Q1: 1:2, Q2: 3:5, Q3: 2:0, Q4: 1:0 GRE 7-7 Draw
Semifinals Q1: 1:4, Q2: 0:1, Q3: 1:1, Q4: 0:0 GRE 2-6 Loss
Bronze Medal Game Q1: 0:0, Q2: 0:4, Q3: 3:1, Q4: 2:1 USA 5-6 Loss
Final Placing 4 / 8