Aussie Stingers

Nicola Zagame

Nicola Zagame

Personal Details

Given Name: Nicola

Family name: Zagame

Date of birth: 11/08/90

City of birth: Sydney, NSW

Height: 175cm

Weight: 73kg

Home town and State: Gymea Bay, NSW

Club/team: Cronulla Sharks

National League team: Cronulla Sharks

International debut: 2009

Playing position: Centre Back/ Driver

Handedness: Right

Preferred cap number: 12

Twitter: @nicziggy

Major achievements

  • Olympic Games: 3rd, London, England, 2012, also named in the Olympic Games All-Stars team
  • FINA World Championships: 2nd, Barcelona, Spain, 2013
  • FINA World League: 2nd, FINA World League Finals, Shanghai, China, 2012
  • Other competitions: 1st, London Test Event, London, England, 2012

General Information

Occupation: Subway sandwich artist, water polo coach

Uni Course: Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography)

Institution: Sydney University, NSW

Marital status: Single

Age when began competing in your sport: 12

Where did you begin competing: Sutherland

Any superstitions or rituals before competition: I have a lucky rock that is in my pool bag, and I also have a green and gold scrunchie that I like having around my drink bottle during international games

Most memorable sporting achievement: Winning bronze in London during extra time, and beating China in the quarter final in a penalty shoot out and winning silver at the 2013 FINA World Championships

What made you choose this sport: It is a physical team sport in the water. What more could you ask for

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

Any relatives/spouses who have competed internationally: No

Any relatives/spouses who are famous for things other than water polo: No

Who is the most influential person in your sporting career and why: Myself. Continuously pushing myself in training and in games and even throughout the day to become the best athlete I can be

Which person do you most look up to in your sporting career and why: Teammates who have been on this journey towards the Olympics before. I admire the dedication they have put into the sport and provide me with motivation every time I play with them

What are your ambitions both during and after your sporting career: I want to become the most dangerous player in both attack and defence while I’m playing water polo. After my sporting career I would like to live a happy life and do the usual family thing

I dream of: Olympic Gold

What is your proudest sporting moment: Standing on the podium in London and winning silver at the 2013 FINA World Championships


Drink: Iced coffee

Food: Chocolate coated strawberries

Movies: Shawshank Redemption, Burlesque, Love Actually

Songs: Third Eye Blind, Jason Mraz

Sporting team: Aussie Stingers

Place to travel for water polo: Italy

Place to travel for pleasure: The beach

Thing to do on a day off: Go to Cronulla for a walk with friends then to breakfast. Followed by shopping in the mall then down to the beach for a swim/surf/sunbake


Beach / Movie: Beach

Pizza / Salad: Salad

Rap / Rock: Rock

Summer / Winter: Summer

Drive / Be driven: Be driven

Talk / Listen: Listen

Shorts / Jeans: Shorts