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Novocastrian Sharks circling Olympic Games

Two Newcastle water polo players are ready to dive into Tokyo this month.

But, it will be contrasting appearances for Nathan Power and Richie Campbell.

Power is excited to make his Olympic Games debut, after injury ruled him out for Rio in 2016, while fellow Novocastrian Campbell lines up for his fourth tilt at a medal.

A 13-strong team, to be led by captain Aaron Younger, was announced on Thursday 1 July.

The Aussie Sharks head to Tokyo on the back of a silver medal in the 2018 World Cup and bronze in the 2019 FINA World League Final.

However, they have been drawn in pool B with three of the top four finishers from Rio in Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro, as well as 2019 world championship silver medallists Spain, and Kazakhstan.

They will open their campaign on 25 July against Montenegro.

Novocastrian Nathan Power (5) and Stylianos Argyropoulos Kanakakis (8) of Greece compete for the ball during the Men’s Water Polo Classification 5-8 match at the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships at Nambu University, South Korea. Photo: Getty Images

Power made his Aussie Sharks introduction in 2013 and, since then, has become a regular member within the squad.

He began competing in Australia’s national competition for the Hunter Hurricanes before shifting to the UNSW Wests Magpies squad.

Since 2016, Power has been playing professionally in Croatia’s national water polo league.

He’s spent the past few seasons representing Jadran Split, a team based on the Dalmatian Coast.

At the beginning of 2020, he announced that he was moving to CN Barcelona.

But, Australian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman made special mention of 33-year-old Campbell, along with Brisbane’s Rhys Howden.

“This has been an exceptionally committed Olympic squad for the Sharks who have overcome many obstacles along the way to be ready to match it with the best in the world in Tokyo,” he said.

“I want to particularly highlight Rhys and Richie, both making a remarkable fourth Australian Olympic Team. 

“Making one Olympic Team is a special achievement, to make four shows incredible talent, determination and commitment to excellence.”

Australia’s Men’s water polo team for Tokyo: Richie Campbell, Joel Dennerley, Lachlan Edwards, Blake Edwards, Andrew Ford, George Ford, Rhys Howden, Anthony Hrysanthos, Nathan Power, Timothy Putt, Aidan Roach, Goran Tomasevic, Aaron Younger

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