Water Polo: Newcastle's Richard Campbell chases fourth Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020

Richie Campbell
Richie Campbell

Newcastle water polo player Richie Campbell doesn’t just want to reach a fourth Olympics, he wants to medal.

The Merewether 30-year-old, who has contested Games at Rio, London and Beijing, has stated his intentions of continuing on with the Aussie Sharks until Tokyo 2020.  

“Anything can happen in two and a half years, but I think we have the right team to put us on the podium in 2020,” Campbell told Water Polo Australia media on Thursday.

“There is motivation for the Olympics, being in Tokyo is especially appealing but it is also the group and the environment we have.

“Medals are the goal, because you don’t go there to finish tenth.

“I have committed to the Aussie Sharks this year and I want to play through to Tokyo, I just have to see how the body holds up and where my career takes me.

“I am locked in to tour with the Aussie Sharks this year and I am looking forward to the Sunshine Coast camp and USA test match series in March.

“The body at 30 is a lot different to the body at 21, I have to do a lot more maintenance work.

“My mind is still good, it actually works better than back at 21, it’s just the experience but I am still very focused to play the sport.”

Campbell is co-captain of UNSW Wests Magpies in the 2018 Australian Water Polo League.

Round five of that season is underway and the Hunter Hurricanes, both men’s and women’s teams, have a double header in Adelaide against the Jets this weekend.  

Meanwhile, Hunter product Amelia Hodgson was on Thursday named in the Australian women’s born 2000 squad for a camp in Canberra next month as part of preparations for the Youth World Championships in Serbia later this year.