Australian women's water polo team trains at Alstonville

The Australian women's water polo team have been all business in the pool at Alstonville. Photo Mitchell Craig

The Australian women's water polo team have been all business in the pool at Alstonville. Photo Mitchell Craig

THE Australian women's water polo team has started its Olympic Games preparations with a two-week training camp at the Alstonville Aquatic Centre.

The Stingers won a bronze medal under current coach Predrag Mihailovic at the world championships at South Korea in 2019.

Zoe Arancini, Hannah Buckling, Keesja Gofers, Bronwen Knox, Rowena Webster and Lea Yanitsas have previously represented Australia at the 2016 Olympic Games.

They finished sixth at Rio and have plenty of fresh faces in the current squad of 20.

"It's always great to bring in new players while keeping the same structure," Yanitsas said.

"This is a really good bunch, we spend a lot of time together and we're basically full speed ahead into Tokyo now.

"Some of the girls are still working via distance but the majority of us have left fulltime work.

"Predrag came on board after Rio and he's been a really good coach.

"It feels like he's been here forever which is great for us."

Australia won gold at Sydney 2000 and bronze at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Tokyo will run from July 23 to August 8, with the Games rescheduled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alstonville has now hosted Olympic swimmers and water polo players ahead of Tokyo.

Sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell used the facilities with other Australian hopefuls in November.

Coaching staff from Swimming Australia recommended the pool to the the water polo contingent.

"It's a great spot, they have a really good pool for water polo," Yanitsas said.

"We need a decent set-up when the whole team are together for training.

"We're still waiting on the final details but we'll basically be together from now until we leave (for the Olympics)."

Alstonville water polo club has produced plenty of Queensland State junior representatives over the years.

The pool was also home to a tri-series between the Australian and New Zealand Combined High School teams in 2019 and other high performance swim teams.