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Jade Smith

Goalkeeper Jade Smith was a key member of successful British junior teams before graduating to the senior squad full-time after the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Jade Smith Profile

Date of Birth 16th February 1993
Born Oldham
Team/Club CN Mataro (ESP) / City of Manchester
Position Goalkeeper
She gained experience alongside fellow senior squad players such as Francesca Clayton and Hazel Musgrove at the 2009 European Under 20 Championships in Naples then travelled as first choice keeper to the European Junior Championships in Dneprodzerzhinsk, Ukraine the following season.

Smith’s age group performances didn’t go unnoticed and she gained some senior squad experience, travelling to games in the Hungarian National League in 2010 and a European Championship qualifier in Israel in 2011.

She was captain of British teams to finish seventh at the 2012 European Under 19 Championships and eighth at the 2013 World Junior Championships and also competed for GB at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.

International Competitions

Competition Location Year Medal/Position
World Championships Barcelona 2013 13th
World Junior Championships Volos 2013 8th
European U20 Championships Naples 2009 7th
European U19 Championships Chelyabinsk 2012 7th
European Junior Championships Dneprodzerzhinsk 2010 7th

Domestic Events

Competition Club Year Medal/Position
British Championships City of Manchester 2013 GOLD
  City of Manchester 2012 GOLD
  City of Manchester 2011 GOLD
  City of Manchester 2010 GOLD

In The Pool

Greatest achievement to date: Being selected for the 2013 World Championships team.

Aspiration: To qualify and play in Rio 2016.

Who has been the greatest influence on you: My dad. He also plays water polo.

When did you start playing polo: When I was nine years old.

Outside The Pool

Studies/Work: I'm a full time athlete.

Other sports: I like to watch football.

Ultimate relaxation: Watching TV in bed.

One thing you can’t live without: My mobile phone.

Tips for the top: No pain, no gain!

Life after water polo: I haven’t thought that far ahead.

Favourites

Film: Up

Band/music:  90s boybands, I love 5ive

Food: Pizza

Drink: Coca cola

Sports team: Manchester United

Sports person: Usain Bolt

Most prized possession: A little trophy my junior team mates made me last year to commemorate being captain at the Junior European Champs.

 

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