“Not simply a water polo coach, she is a leader, a mentor, and an inspiration for everyone to work towards their full potential. She inspires a hunger for students to learn about their sport.”
Angie Winstanley-Smith, Diocesan School for Girls’ Sports Director, is an Olympian for England who is putting her skill and energy into coaching.
Angie has created a significant legacy of success with Diocesan School for Girls, club, and national teams. During her first season with Diocesan School for Girls, the Premier team ranked 9th nationally, the Junior team 11th and the Intermediate team 5th. By the end of 2018 they had won all those national titles and have picked up the Premier Auckland, North Island and National titles over the last 4 years.
A driving force in the development of women’s water polo in New Zealand, Angie has been an outstanding role model for young athletes over many years.
Angie and her team have launched the "Raising a Young Athlete" series to ensure athletes, parents, and coaches, help our young women realise the importance of recovery, life balance, and fuelling your body in the right way.
She perfects the fine balance of providing coaches with the resources, knowledge, and history, but allowing them to find their own approach and philosophy.
Angie has been operating with the goal of building the sport for all ages, for the young players to practice and fall in love with the sport, and for Diocesan School for Girls’ premier teams to reach the pinnacle of international water polo.