Name: Emily Grellman
Pursuit: Water Polo
Along way from International Aquatic Centres and against all the odds of growing up on a cotton farm west of Wee Waa, NSW – Emily Grellman has recently been selected in the Born ’96 Australian Girls Water Polo Team. In the past 6 years she has attended weekend training sessions in Sydney with state squads, travelled to National Championships across the country, played at two Pan Pac tournaments in Auckland and played a 3 test series against New Zealand. All this, whilst attending boarding school in Tamworth away from her family. She is strongly supported by her parents who take her to many of these water polo commitments and her extended water polo family in Tamworth who assist with coaching, travel and home cooked meals.
When did you start?
My first game of water polo was training with Wee Waa Swimming Club. I then went to a carnival with my older sisters in 2006 and they were short of players. I played my first, second to 6th matches that weekend and still at school have Gail Salter, as my encouraging coach. I really had no idea how to play in that first game and as I was familiar with soccer goal keeping, I thought I might be safer in the goal. I do now enjoy playing in the field, though goal keeping is my real passion.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
Winning the test series against New Zealand in the Born 96 Australian team was a big highlight. However, when we won a State U14 Championship in a penalty shoot out, it really was very special for our whole association as it was the first ever girls title for Tamworth who have worked so hard to support country players.
What is your dream?
Playing for Australia at a World Championships would be my greatest dream. I also really want to focus on getting a good career, hopefully whilst playing the sport I love.
Who or what have inspired you?
People who have achieved under adverse conditions - paralympians really inspire me.
Who's your hero?
Any other special talents?
I really enjoy all water sports and can proudly say that I can surf in our irrigation channels at home. I also enjoy the saxophone, Physics and Chemistry.
A Walk to Remember
"The Happiest Refugee" by Anh Do
Favourite TV Show?
Tomato pasta and baby peas
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
The grant will assist with travel and accomodation expenses for water polo trips. This includes the U18 State Championships (Sydney), National Championships (Perth), Born 96 Australian squad training, State All Schools Championships (Sydney)....
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
Benjamin Mee: ' You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of embarrassing bravery, and I promise you, something great will come of it"