After more than a decade since he made his senior international debut with the Australian Sharks, Richard Campbell lined up for his third Olympic Games in Rio 2016.
Campbell was one of Australia’s top scorers of the 2016 Olympic competition with a total of eight goals to his name.
The Aussies lined up against the Brazilian hosts in their opening Game of the 2016 Olympics, but the roars from the home crowd proved to be too much as the boys narrowly went down 8-7. In their second pool game, the Aussies bounced back to secure a 9-9 draw with powerhouse Hungary, before they recorded an 8-6 win over Japan in game three.
Determined to try and secure Australia’s first ever men’s water polo medal, the Aussies then lined up with eventual Gold medallists Serbia and after a hard fought battle went down 10-8. Hungary defeating Brazil resulted in a fifth place finish in their pool for the green and gold, meaning the Aussies would not progress to the quarter-final stage.
Campbell was the youngest member of the men’s water polo team at his Olympic debut in Beijing. He played centre back for the Sharks, who finished in eighth position. After Beijing, Campbell travelled to Europe to expand his game.
In 2009 he won gold for Australia at the World University Games in Serbia. He returned home from Europe for the 2012 London Games, where Australia placed seventh and Campbell finished with eight goals in the tournament.
Campbell was the first water polo player from his hometown, Newcastle, to captain the Australian men's water polo team and play at an Olympic Games. Campbell has the athletic drive and dedication in his genes; his great grandfather Frank Laver played 15 Tests for the Australian Cricket team between 1899 and 1909.
Campbell has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Business from the University of New England. He is currently the head water polo coach at St Catherine’s Girl School in Sydney.