Yvette Higgins

Athlete Biography

1978 -

Yvette Higgins won a gold medal for Australia in women’s water polo at Sydney 2000. Higgins holds a special place in Olympic sporting history: it was her goal with 1.3 seconds remaining in the final which gave Australia victory as women’s water polo debuted at the Games. Australia had been tied 3-3 with the United States when Higgins rifled a shot from outside the seven metre line into the back of the net, sending the 17,000-strong crowd and the nation into a frenzy. From New South Wales, Higgins was one of the younger members of the Aussie team at age 22. But having made her senior national debut at 17, the left-hander was already recognised as an international star. She scored eight goals to be Australia’s second top scorer in the tournament behind captain Bridgette Gusterson.