Aussie Stingers

Keesja Gofers

Keesja Gofers

Personal Details

Given name: Keesja

Family name: Gofers

Date of birth: 16/03/90

City of birth: Sydney, NSW

Height: 178cm

Weight: 70kg

Home town and State: Beecroft, NSW

Club/team: Sydney University Lions

National League team: Sydney University Lions

International debut: World League Rounds USA 2010

Playing position: Left Driver

Handedness: Right

Preferred cap number: #7, I play #5 for Stingers

Twitter: @KeesjaGofers

Instagram: @keesjagofers


Major achievements

  • Olympic Games: n/a
  • FINA World Championships: 2nd, Barcelona, Spain, 2013
  • FINA World League: 2nd, FINA World League Super Finals, Tianjin, China, 2011; 2nd, FINA World League Super Finals, La Jolla, USA, 2010
  • Other competitions: MVP, National Water Polo League, 2013; 1st, FINA World Junior Championships, 2007

General Information

Occupation: Athlete

Uni Course: Bachelor of Design in Architecture

Institution: University of Sydney, NSW

Marital status: In a relationship

Age when began competing in your sport: I filled in one game when I was 6 but started competing in my own team when I was 10. My sister’s U14 team was short on players and they got me to fill in the numbers. I spent the game swimming away from everyone … the rest is history!

Where did you begin competing: University of Sydney, NSW

Any superstitions or rituals before competition: Avoid walking under ladders and black cats

Most memorable sporting achievement: Winning Gold at the 2007 Junior World Championship

Any relatives/spouses who have competed internationally: My sisters Taniele Gofers and Allira Hudson-Gofers and my brother in law David Hudson

If so, who and what sports: Taniele Gofers in water polo and European handball, Allira Hudson-Gofers in European handball and beach handball and David Hudson in beach handball

What made you choose this sport: I followed my older sisters’ footsteps. I got taken from pool to pool all the time and figured I might as well get in too! Plus it was fun!

Who is the most influential person in your sporting career and why: My sister, Taniele went to the 2008 Beijing Olympics for Water Polo and won bronze. She has been through it all before and is very supportive – as are the rest of my family!

Which person do you most look up to in your sporting career and why: Anyone taller than me

What are your ambitions both during and after your sporting career: To win an Olympic gold medal. Whatever I do, I want to enjoy it and give it 100%

Little known, interesting fact about you: I can play the saxophone and once recorded a CD to give to all my friends for Christmas!


Favourites

Drink: Chocolate thickshake

Food: Cookies (especially stroopwaffles)

Movies: Crash

Songs: Anything Destiny’s Child

Sporting team: LA Lakers

Place to travel for water polo: Montenegro – love being near the sea in European summer (highly recommend!)

Place to travel for pleasure: Blueys Beach

Thing to do on a day off: Hang out with my boyfriend and dog Magic Johnson on a boat!


Choices

Beach / Movie: Beach

Pizza / Salad: Salad

Rap / Rock: Rap

Summer / Winter: Summer

Drive / Be driven: Be driven

Talk / Listen: Talk

Shorts / Jeans: Shorts