Aussie Sharks

Johnno Cotterill

Johnno Cotterrill

Personal Details

Given name: Johnno

Family name: Cotterill

Date of birth: 27/10/87

City of birth: Sydney, NSW

Height: 193cm

Weight: 91kg

Home town and State: Sydney, NSW

Club/team: Sydney University Lions

National League team: Sydney University Lions

International debut: 2006

Playing position: Driver/Utility

Handedness: Right

Preferred cap number: 11 or 4

Major achievements:

  • Olympic Games: 7th, London, England, 2012
  • FINA World Championships: 8th, Barcelona, Spain, 2013
  • FINA World League: 6th, FINA World League Finals, Florence, Italy, 2011; 7th, FINA World League Finals, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2012
  • Other Competitions: 1st, Danube Cup, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2013; 1st, World University Games, Belgrade, Serbia, 2009; 2nd, Vodafone Cup, Budapest, Hungary, 2012; 3rd, FINA World League Super Finals, Genoa, Italy, 2008; 3rd, FINA World League Super Finals, Berlin, Germany, 2007 5th, Cosenza Trophy, Cosenza, Italy, 2012; 6th, FINA World Cup, Oradea, Romania, 2010; All Star team FINA World Junior Championships, 2007


General Information

Occupation: Product Manager at Westpac Bank

Uni Course: Bachelor of Commerce and Liberal Studies

Institution: University of New South Wales, NSW

Marital status: In a relationship with the most amazing girl on the planet

Age when began competing in your sport: 11

Where did you begin competing: Sydney University, NSW

Any superstitions or rituals before competition: I have to score the last shot in warm up

Most memorable sporting achievement: Winning gold at the World University Games in Serbia in 2009 defeating Serbia on home soil in the final and defeating Greece to qualify for the knock out stage at the London Olympics

Have you had to come any major adversities in your life/career: Missing out on the 2008 Olympics

What made you choose this sport: Enjoyment from the word go

Who is the most influential person in your sporting career and why: My parents and Erkin Shagaev

Which person do you most look up to in your sporting career and why: My teammates

What are your ambitions both during and after your sporting career: To win an Olympic and world championship medal as well as a NWPL title in Australia and a different country. After my polo career is finished, I’d like to continue working in the finance industry and provide for my family

I dream of: Genie

What is your proudest sporting moment: Walking out at the first game at the London Olympics and the first official game at FINA World Championships in Melbourne in 2007 against the USA. There was a massive crowd and an incredible atmosphere. Also winning gold at the World University Games in 2009


Drink: Apple juice

Food: Baked dinner

Movies: Remember the Titans

Songs: Eminem

Sporting team: Australian Rugby Union team the Wallabies and F.C Barcelona

Place to travel for water polo: Barcelona

Place to travel for pleasure: Beach

Thing to do on a day off: Relax


Beach / Movie: Beach

Pizza / Salad: Pizza

Rap / Rock: Either or

Summer / Winter: Summer

Drive / Be driven: Be driven for sure

Talk / Listen: Talk

Shorts / Jeans: Shorts