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|
|Team/Club||CN Mataro (ESP) / City of Manchester|
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.
|World Junior Championships||Volos||2013||8th|
|European U20 Championships||Naples||2009||7th|
|European U19 Championships||Chelyabinsk||2012||7th|
|European Junior Championships||Dneprodzerzhinsk||2010||7th|
|Spanish Division De Honor||CN Mataro||2014||SILVER|
|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.
Band/music: 90s boybands, I love 5ive
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.