Treading water sounds like survival tactics, but Rowie Webster is doing anything but just getting through. She’s thriving – a bronze medal winner, uni graduate and being one of the top three water polo players in the world two years running, make up her achievement list to date. Boom! In the countdown to Rio, Webster and her Aussie teammates are refining their tactical skills to upgrade to gold.
“Water polo is a mix of ball sports and strong swimming. Plus, you’ve got the tactics of any fast game like football, netball, hockey and soccer, as well as the toughness of gridiron or wrestling. To stay Olympics fit, I do 12 training sessions a week. Three heavy weights sessions (75 mins each including rehab), three swims (3.5– 4.5km each), four skilled polo sessions and two games. The only day we don’t train is Sunday. I also love pilates and do heat tent cycling – plus I walk my dog.”
“You have to replace what you use. We always need to replenish straight after a game with either a banana, berry, chia protein smoothie or straight up Swisse Pure Warrior protein mixed with bottled water, depending on where we are in the world (on the road we always have Vegemite, peanut butter and crackers with us). We’re also massive cereal eaters. I’ll eat muesli, yoghurt and fruit at brekkie, a salad wrap or chicken and salad sandwich for lunch and meat and vegetables for dinner – just your regular everyday Aussie stuff. We all also love our coffee and chocolate.”
MY OLYMPIC MOMENT "Watching the Australian 2000 Olympic women's water polo team win gold. I still dream about that final play and imagine myself in that position."
“We’ve worked a lot on mindfulness, being in the moment and not letting what came before now or might come after, mess with any decision-making. I’m not the biggest or the strongest, so mentally I have to out-battle my opponent, because at an Olympic games everyone is fit and fast. I also have a few tattoos as life motto reminders. One of them says, ‘One life, no regrets’ which is what my dad and grandma used to say. My other motto is ‘do everything with a smile,’ it makes tough moments hurt a little less.”
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