Part of record intake of individual athletes

Bunbury teenager Alice Johnson has entered the South West Academy of Sport’s history books as the first water polo player selected into the talent development organisation.

The 17-year-old was one of a record number of new athletes recently inducted into the academy’s Individual Athlete Support Program and will now receive high-level support to further develop her game.

The exciting driver and utility talent has shown she has potential to grow in the sport, with her abilities strengthened by the fact she is also a strong swimmer who has competed at representative levels.

Johnson has been a fixture at age group water polo nationals since 2015. Her most recent highlight was competing in Brisbane for Triton Waterpolo Club at this year’s Australian Youth Water Polo Championships, a hallmark event on the national water polo calendar.

In 2017, she was part of the team that claimed bronze at the under-16 national water polo championships.

Johnson, who made her A-Grade debut for Triton last season, is excited to be part of SWAS and is looking forward to meeting other athletes from the South West.

“It’s also really nice to have your own gym program down here instead of having to go to Perth all the time and just having the support here instead of having to commute,” Johnson said.