Aussie Sharks

Joel Dennerley

Joel Dennerley

Personal Details:

Given name: Joel

Family name: Dennerley

Date of birth: 25/06/87

City of birth: Auburn, NSW

Height: 194cm

Weight: 93kg

Home town and State: Chester Hill, NSW

Club/team: UNSW Wests Magpies

National League team: UNSW Wests Magpies

International debut: 2008

Playing position: Goalkeeper

Handedness: Right-handed

Preferred cap number: 1

Major achievements:

  • Olympic Games: 7th, London, England 2012;
  • FINA World Championships: 9th, Shanghai, China 2011
  • FINA World League: 4th, FINA World League Super Finals, Nis, Serbia 2010; 6th, FINA World League Finals, Florence, Italy 2011; 7th, FINA World League Finals, Almaty, Kazakhstan 2012
  • Other Competitions: 1st, NCAA National Championship, USC Trojans 2011; 1st, NCAA National Championship, USC Trojans 2010; 1st, NCAA National Championship, USC Trojans 2009; 1st, NCAA National Championship, USC Trojans 2008; 1st, National Water Polo League Champions, Wests Magpies 2008; 2nd, Water Polo Pan Pacs, Melbourne, Australia 2012; 2nd, Vodafone Cup, Budapest, Hungary 2012; 5th, Cosenza Trophy, Cosenza, Italy 2012; 6th, FINA World Cup, Oradea, Romania 2010; Goalkeeper of the Tournament, Volvo Cup 2011; MPSF Conference Player of the Year, 2010

General Information

Occupation: Student

Uni Course: BA Human Performance, Minor in Psychology

Institution: University of Southern California, USA

Marital status: Single

Age when began competing in your sport: 14

Where did you begin competing: Sefton High School/ Parramatta Water Polo Club

Any superstitions or rituals before competition: None

Most memorable sporting achievement: Winning the 2010, 2011 and 2012 NCAA National Championship

Have you had to come any major adversities in your life/career: No

Any relatives/spouses who have competed internationally: Sister, Claire plays European Handball for Australia

What made you choose this sport: My high school coach, Mr. Hare, wanted me to play

Who is the most influential person in your sporting career and why: My mum, for always encouraging me and supporting me to play

Which person do you most look up to in your sporting career and why: Any of the players who have represented Australia before me, as there is so much that can be learned from them

What are your ambitions both during and after your sporting career: To achieve the highest level of competition with the national team, and to one day run my own business

I dream of: Winning an Olympic gold medal

What is your proudest sporting moment: Representing Australia every time I play


Drink: Coke

Food: Chicken schnitzel

Movies: Elf, Step Brothers, Shawshank Redemption and Braveheart

Songs: Juicy – Notorious B.I.G, Young Forever – Jay Z, and Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Sporting team: Parramatta Eels, NRL team, USC Trojans in the NCAA and LA Lakers in the NBA

Place to travel for water polo: Sicily, Italy

Place to travel for pleasure: The Bahamas

Thing to do on a day off: Hang out with friends


Beach / Movie: Beach

Pizza / Salad: Pizza

Rap / Rock: Both

Summer / Winter: Summer

Drive / Be driven: Drive

Talk / Listen: Talk

Shorts / Jeans: Shorts