Aussie Sharks

Richie Campbell

Richie Campbell

Personal Details

Given name: Richard

Family name: Campbell

Date of birth: 18/09/87

City of birth: Newcastle, NSW

Height: 193cm

Weight: 99kg

Home town and State: Newcastle, NSW

Club/team: UNSW Wests Magpies

National League team: UNSW Wests Magpies

International debut: 2005/2006

Playing position: Centre back

Handedness: Right

Preferred cap number: 2

Twitter: @TheChard2

Major achievements:

  • Olympic Games: 7th, London, England, 2012; 8th, Beijing, China, 2008
  • FINA World Championships: 8th, Barcelona, Spain, 2013; 9th, FINA World Championships, Shanghai, China, 2011; 10th, FINA World Championships, Rome, Italy, 2009
  • FINA World League: 3rd, FINA World League Super Finals, Genoa, Italy, 2008; 3rd, FINA World League Super Finals, Berlin, Germany, 2007; 4th, FINA World League Super Finals, Nis, Serbia, 2010; 6th, FINA World League Finals, Florence, Italy, 2011; 6th, FINA World League Super Finals, Podgorica, Montenegro, 2009; 7th, FINA World League Finals, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2012
  • 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; 6th, FINA World Cup, Oradea, Romania, 2010; 7th, FINA World Junior Championships, Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2005

General Information

Occupation: Student

Uni Course: Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Business

Institution: University of New England, NSW

Age when began competing in your sport: 11

Where did you begin competing: East Newcastle Water Polo Club, NSW

Any superstitions or rituals before competition: Listen to music

Most memorable sporting achievement: My first game in Beijing in 2008

Any relatives/spouses who have competed internationally: My great grandfather Frank Laver played 15 Tests for the Australian Cricket team between 1899 and 1909

What made you choose this sport: My swimming coach at the time told me I should try it

Who is the most influential person in your sporting career and why: Many of my coaches over the years.

Which person do you most look up to in your sporting career and why: I think the person or persons I look up to the most are my team mates

What are your ambitions both during and after your sporting career: To enjoy it and be happy

What is your proudest sporting moment: The Beijing Olympics experience in 2008 and being named vice captain of the Aussie Sharks for the FINA World Championships in Barcelona in 2013


Drink: Water

Food: Anything

Songs: A wide variety

Place to travel for water polo: Anywhere in Europe

Place to travel for pleasure: Any beach between Newcastle and Noosa

Thing to do on a day off: Surf


Beach / Movie: Beach

Pizza / Salad: Pizza

Rap / Rock: Rock

Summer / Winter: Summer

Drive / Be driven: Drive

Talk / Listen: Listen

Shorts / Jeans: Shorts