Merewether's Richie Campbell named in Olympic team

Merewether’s Richie Campbell will represent Australia at his second Olympics after being named today in the men's water polo team to compete in London.

The 24-year-old centre-back debuted in Beijing and is now a senior member of the national team.

Australian head coach John Fox said Campbell thoroughly deserved his spot on the team and would be a very valuable asset in London.

"Richie was part of our team in Beijing and has progressed his game every year to the point where he is now one of the first players picked,” Fox said.

"He has worked extremely hard to get to this point and I know he will play a major part in our success in London.

"He is a very versatile player who plays his part at both ends of the pool and is equally adept in attack and defence."

Campbell's selection takes the Hunter's Olympian contingent to 11.

He joins swimmers Thomas Fraser-Holmes and Angie Bainbridge, sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, hockey player Simon Orchard, triathlete Brendan Sexton, pistol shooter Daniel Repacholi, basketballers Jenni Screen and Suzy Batkovich and discus thrower Benn Harradine.

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