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Angie Winstanley-Smith

Angie Winstanley-Smith joined the British senior squad in 2003, in time to travel to the World Championships in Barcelona where the British team finished 16th overall.

Angie Winstanley-Smith Profile

Date of Birth 5th August 1985
Born South Shields
Team/Club Lille UC Natation (FRA)
Position Centre Forward
Two years later, she became the first British female player to play professional water polo when she accepted a contract at Nancy in 2005 and went on to play for Bordeaux and Nice during four years in France.

Winstanley-Smith competed at European B Championships in 2004, 2007 and 2009 as well as her first European Championships in January 2012.

Later that season she captained the British team at the World University Games then competed at London 2012, scoring a hat-trick in Great Britain’s opening match against Russia.

She continued her international career into 2013, scoring in three of Great Britain’s four games as they finished 13th at the World Championships in Barcelona.

International Competitions

Competition Location Year Medal/Position
Olympic Games London 2012 8th
World Championships Barcelona 2013 13th
  Barcelona 2003 16th
European Championships Eindhoven 2012 7th
Commonwealth Championships Aberdeen 2014 GOLD
  Perth 2006 4th
European B Nations Trophy Manchester 2009 GOLD
  Prague 2007 SILVER
  Nancy 2004 6th
European Junior Championships Bari 2004 9th

Domestic Events

Competition Club Year Medal/Position
French N1 League Lille UC Natation 2014 GOLD
  Olympic Nice Natation 2013 GOLD
Hungarian League Great Britain 2011 6th
British Championships City of Manchester 2010 GOLD
French N1 League Olympic Nice Natation 2009 GOLD
  Olympic Nice Natation 2008 SILVER
  Olympic Nice Natation 2007 GOLD
  Union St-Bruno Bordeaux 2006 BRONZE
  ASPTT Nancy 2005 GOLD

In The Pool

Who has been greatest influence on you: Mum and George Carpenter who got me started. John Moore, my first swim coach, is my greatest influence on attitude to training.

When did you start playing water polo: Started once a week when I was 14. Concentrated on it fully from about 18.

Out Of The Pool

Other sports: Swimming, football

Ultimate relaxation: Steaming hot bath and a book!

One thing you can’t live without: I only need friends and family

Tip for the top: train hard everyday and believe you can make it.

Life after water polo: Hang on a minute.... there's a life after water polo?


Films: L'auberge Espagnole, Little Miss Sunshine, Into The Wild and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Band/Music: Any acoustic like Ben Harper/Jack Johnson

Food: Ketchup (and Chinese!)

Drink: Coke

Hobbies: Swimming, water polo, football, cinema and reading

Sports team: Newcastle united!!

Sportsperson: David Beckham and Dame Kelly Holmes

Most prized possession: Don’t have one!


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