Mia Willows (fr 2016) is a talented water polo player, achieving impressive results in the pool. She is representing our country in Greece in September. We spoke to her recently to share her news with our Andrew’s community.
Tell us about your most recent achievement in water polo?
I’m very excited to be representing Australia at the World Women’s Junior (u/20’s) Championship in Volos, Greece in September. We go to Hungary first to train and play some other nations as preparation for the Championships. It’s been a lot of hard work to get there and the competition will be very tough with some nations in full time programs and also the USA having their NCAA college system to call on.
How was the Australian team selected?
The selection for the Australian team has come over a period of time with selection camps in Canberra and Sydney and also a 10 day training and playing camp in Shanghai in June. I’m currently in training with the team in camp in Sydney training twice a day every day over 10 days.
What is your background in water polo, and where did your interest come from?
I’ve always enjoyed Water Polo, especially the combination of the physical effort and mental concentration required. When you are in the pool there is no time for a rest!
I have represented NSW at all age levels, played for Australian Schoolgirls and have also played four seasons in the Australian National League.
Playing for Sydney University last season we won the National League title having gone through the season undefeated.
I’m currently in the NSWIS program which involves five to six training sessions a week with 5am starts at Homebush. I’ve also really been appreciative of the help from the SUSF Elite Athlete Program in planning my timetable, workload and general counselling they give.
St Andrew’s College wishes Mia all the best in Volos and we look forward to updating our community on her progress!