Naomi McCarthy (Castle)

Naomi Castle (white) against Kazakhstan in the women's Water Polo preliminary game during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games.

Athlete Biography

1974 -

Naomi Castle won a gold medal for Australia in women’s water polo at Sydney 2000. The Queensland defender was a consistent contributor to the team as it advanced through the tournament. However, it was her goal scoring that proved most memorable. Castle scored in both of Australia’s final two games: its 7-6 win against Russia in the semi-final and then again in the unforgettable 4-3 victory over the United States in the gold medal final. Both goals were scored in the final two minutes of the respective matches, when the games were in the balance. The gold medal was ultimately decided by an Yvette Higgins goal with 1.3 seconds left. It was the first time women’s water polo had been played at an Olympics.