Aussie Sharks

Rhys Howden

Rhys Howden

Personal Details

Given name: Rhys

Family name: Howden

Date of birth: 02/04/87

City of birth: Brisbane, Qld

Height: 188cm

Weight: 82kg

Home town and State: Brisbane, Qld

Club/team: Brisbane Barracudas

National League team: Brisbane Barracudas

International debut: 2007

Playing position: Utility

Handedness: Right

Preferred cap number: 2,10 or 11

Twitter: @RhysHowden

Major achievements:

  • Olympic Games: 7th, London, England, 2012; 8th, Beijing, China, 2008
  • FINA World Championships: 8th, Barcelona, Spain, 2013; 9th, Shanghai, China, 2011; 10th, Rome, Italy, 2009
  • FINA World League: 3rd, FINA World League Finals, Genoa, Italy, 2008;4th, FINA World League Finals, Nis, Serbia, 2010; 6th, FINA World League Finals, Florence, Italy, 2011; 6th, FINA World League Finals, Podgorica, Montenegro, 2009
  • Other Competitions: 1st, Danube Cup, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2013; 2nd, Water Polo Pan Pacs, Melbourne, Australia, 2012; 2nd, Vodafone Cup, Budapest, Hungary, 2012; 5th, Cosenza Trophy, Cosenza, Italy, 2012; 5th, FINA World Junior Championships, Long Beach, USA, 2007; 6th, FINA World Cup, Oradea, Romania, 2010

General Information

Occupation: Franchise owner of Tropical Plant Rentals

Marital status: Single

Age when began competing in your sport: 14

Where did you begin competing: Brisbane Barracudas, Qld

Any superstitions or rituals before competition: One lap under water at the start of warm-up

Most memorable sporting achievement: Jumping in the pool with the men’s team on debut in China. I had goose bumps

Any relatives/spouses who have competed internationally: Yes

If so, who and what sports: Father Phil Howden who was Great Britain water polo captain from 1978-1981 and my brother BJ who is also in the Aussie Sharks national squad

What made you choose this sport: My dad

Who is the most influential person in your sporting career and why: My dad had me playing water polo and has been there every step of the way

What are your ambitions both during and after your sporting career: To win a gold medal at the Olympics, and compete to my best ability. Continue to grow and do well with my business Tropical Plant Rentals

What is your proudest sporting moment: Captaining the Australian men’s team at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona in 2013 and MVP for National Water Polo League and National Water Polo League finals and highest goal scorer for the 2011 season


Drink: Mountain Dew

Food: Mum’s cooking

Movies: Love a comedy and scary one, but will watch anything

Songs: Anything

Sporting team: Chicago Bulls NBA Basketball, Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Ice Hockey

Place to travel for water polo: Italy or Spain

Place to travel for pleasure: Beach house on Stradbroke Island

Thing to do on a day off: Wherever the day takes me


Beach / Movie: Beach

Pizza / Salad: Pizza

Rap / Rock: Rap

Summer / Winter: Summer

Drive / Be driven: Drive

Talk / Listen: Listen

Shorts / Jeans: Jeans