Nikita Cuffe

Nikita Cuffe of Australia looks to make a save during against Hungary in the bronze medal match at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Athlete Biography

Dual Olympian Nikita Cuffe won a bronze medal for Australia in women’s water polo in 2008. Cuffe, from Queensland made her Olympic debut in Athens, where the team placed fourth, losing the bronze medal final 6-5 to the United States. Having won the 2006 World Cup and a silver medal at the 2007 world championships, the team, coached by Greg McFadden, arrived in Beijing with strong prospects. Of its six matches, one was decided by two goals, four by a single goal and the other one was tied. The bronze medal final against Hungary was decided in a penalty shoot-out, the final score being 12-11. The bronze was Australia’s second women’s water polo medal following its Sydney 2000 gold.