Since arriving in New Zealand in August 2014, Angie Winstanley-Smith has led the way in women’s and girls’ water polo coaching in New Zealand.
She has amassed nine national titles as a coach, in just four years;
- Back-to-back Senior Women’s club titles (National League) in 2015 and 2016 (undefeated)
- 2016 U16 Girls’ National Championship;
- Four-Peat at the AIMS Games Championships for the Auckland Diocesan Intermediate team in 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018
- 2017 U14 Girls’ National Championship
- 2018 NZSS Premier Championships (Diocesan)
Angie is currently the New Zealand Senior Women’s Coach and the Head New Zealand Women’s Pathway Coach.
It is no accident that Angie has had these coaching successes since arriving in New Zealand, given the credentials she brought with her. Undoubtedly the highlight of Angie’s playing career was representing Great Britain at the London Olympics in 2012. She also represented Great Britain at the 2006 and 2014 Commonwealth Water Polo Championships; winning Gold and being named tournament MVP in 2014.
Her professional playing career spanned eight years and three countries (Great Britain, Spain and France) during which she won five National French titles and one National British title. She competed for 10 years in the European Champions League (a professional club championship) for Nice, Lille, Barcelona and Manchester. At the same time she competed in two European Youth Championships, two European Junior Championships, three European Senior Championships, two Senior World Championships and four World Leagues.
Angie’s coaching career blossomed in Nice where she set up the development pathway at Olympic Nice Natation nine years ago. Of the six girls who started on Angie’s development journey back in 2006, five have gone on to play for France. In addition, six of the current members of the Olympic Nice Senior team came through Angie’s development programme – some even learning how to swim with her!
Angie Winstanley-Smith is a coach who is 100% committed to the development of the athletes she coaches (at all ages and abilities), and the success of her teams in and out of the water.
Hamish joined Atlantis in 2018 and found his stride quickly. He has amassed a strong resume for the club in the last few years;
2018 – U16 Tridents NZ Gold, U18 Aqua 5th.
2019 – U16 Tridents NZ Gold, U18 Aqua & Senior Women 4th.
2020 – U18 Tridents Silver and as an assistant U16 Tridents Gold and Senior Women Silver.
He has won two National Championships as a head coach for the club, and another as an assistant. In 2020 he assisted the Senior Women to Silver at the National Championships as well as the U18 Tridents to Silver. He has also lead numerous Aqua teams to top four positions at National Championship level. He coached the Auckland Gulls in the 2020 Premier League where they won the tournament. He has also worked with the New Zealand Born 2004 Girls team.
Although only 23, Hamish has started to build an experienced portfolio of coaching. After playing 120 premier games for Saint Kentigern, he has returned to lead their girl’s programme. Now in his sixth year, he has won a division two national title and led them back to the premier grade where they secured their first medal in 2020. As a player, Hamish has won numerous national titles at an age-group level and has multiple Pan Pacific medals too his name. He has been a member of numerous national training squads and also toured Australia with a New Zealand Development side.
In 2021, Hamish will continue his work with the clubs U18 and Senior Programmes.
Starting out at the mighty Harbour City Water Polo club in Wellington, I soon become passionate about the sport. I played centre back, and I felt like a valued member of the senior team by the time I left school in 2005. At this point, I began making New Zealand age-group teams and I was selected to play in the Junior World Championships in Long Beach California. Playing against teams from around the world, I enjoyed experiencing different styles of play. I decided to go to Australia where I join the Balmain Water Polo Club, spending my summers in Sydney and flying back to Wellington in wintertime. Back then the Australian National Team played a counter-attacking style. It was great to see how the clubs of Australia operated, and with so many strong players over there, I learnt a great deal about different techniques. By this point, I was playing in the New Zealand Men’s and travelling to tournaments like the World League in China. Harbour City had lost its senior players, so I took on a few leadership roles including player coaching the Senior team, and eventually, I would have coached every age group team in the club, from twelve years and under, to twenty years and under. It became apparent that athlete-centred coaching style suits my personality. Eventually, I moved to Auckland and joined Marist playing for the Senior team here. My final tournament for the New Zealand Senior Men’s team was the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, an awesome tournament to finish with. Coaching the boys eighteen years and under gold-winning team has been a highlight of coaching where I was able to use athlete-centred coaching techniques to create a positive culture within the team. Now that I have finished playing water polo internationally, I am looking forward to developing my coaching abilities further.
Hannah works with a number of our age groups from U12-U16.
A graduate of Diocesan School for Girls, Hannah had a very successful playing career. She was the Code Captain in 2017 when Dio finished second at New Zealand Secondary Schools. It was the same year in which she made the tournament teams at both North Islands & New Zealand Secondary Schools. Having played for various national age group teams and North Harbour club teams, she has had significant experience playing at all levels of the sport.
Since coaching at Atlantis, Hannah has made a valuable impact. She was the coach of the U14 Aqua side in 2018 which won Bronze in the Auckland Division One competition and went on to win Division Two Nationals in Tauranga. She has worked with a number of our U14 & 16 teams and has helped them all grow and develop as athletes while achieving great results along the way.
In 2021, Hannah will continue to work with our U14 & U16 teams.
Charlotte is a familiar figure poolside at Atlantis. Over the last few years, she has been involved with coaching an array of teams from U12-16 as well as being involved in the highly successful Neptune programme. All of the teams that Charlotte has been involved with have seen significant growth over their time with her. She assisted our Head Coach Angie with the U16 side which won Silver at Pan Pacs.
As a player, Charlotte was a goalkeeper who has won three New Zealand Age group titles and has represented New Zealand on multiple occasions. In 2015, she was awarded the Most Valuable GoalKeeper award at a Trans Tasman competition in Brisbane. She has received individual accolades at numerous national championships. She was code captain and was awarded MVP for all of her Baradene teams and is now the head intermediate coach at her Alta Mater.
In 2020, Charlotte will lead both our U12 & Neptune programmes
Issy has been with Atlantis since the inception of the club. She has amassed a long resume making her one of the clubs most successful players. In 2017, she was part of the first Atlantis team to win a National Title when the U14 Tridents won Gold. She was also part of the U16 Aqua team which won Silver. In 2019, She won gold with the U16 Tridents, and Silver with the U18 Tridents, Bronze with U21 Side and was 4th In National League with the Women. In 2020, she secured two silver medals with U18 Tridents and the Senior Women.
Throughout that time, she has also won Gold with the Dio Premier Team at NZSS in 2019 and the Chris Hawyard Invitational in 2020. Her success had led her to being selected in the New Zealand Born 2001, 2002 & 2003 squads. The New Zealand Schoolgirls side in 2019 and toured Europe with the NZ Youth team also in 2019. In 2020, she won Silver in the inaugural New Zealand Premier League.
As a Coach, Issy began her career in 2018, starting work with the Dio Year 5’s before moving to Year 6 and Intermediates. In 2019, she joined the Atlantis Coaching team, with our Neptune programme and helping with the U14 Boys and U14 Cyan. In 2020, she was assistant coach of the U14 Tridents who won Bronze at Division One Nationals.
In 2021, you will find Issy playing for our U18 Women and Senior Women along being back poolside with our U14 Coaching Crew.
Olivia joined Atlantis in 2017 as a club player, and then started coaching in 2018. As a player she has won:
2017 – U14 Div 1 Nationals Aqua Bronze
2018 – U14 Pan Pacifics Tridents Silver
U14 Div 1 Nationals Bronze
2020 – U16 Div 1 Aqua Bronze
Olivia was also in the born 2004 Girls New Zealand squad.
Olivia has also coached Atlantis Neptunes before moving on to their U12 programme and coaching teams at tournaments. She coached an U14 development team and went away to Div 2 Nationals with them. Olivia also coaches for her former school, Remuera Intermediate, and her team won a silver medal in the Tim Sonderer tournament.
Holly has been with the club since its inception. In 2018, she was part of the U14 Tridents team that won Bronze at the U14 National Championships. In 2020, she was apart of the U16 Tridents team that won Gold at the U16 National Championships. Later in 2020, she debuted for the Senior Women’s team at Nationals and was apart of the squad that won Silver at those Championships.
She is currently in her fifth season with the Saint Kentigern Premier Team and was a vital member of that team who secured their first major medal, winning bronze in Auckland last year prior to the Covid Shutdown.
Holly has also been selected to the New Zealand Born 2004 squad. She is also a C Grade Referee.
As a coach, she has been involved with the programme at Saint Kentigern for three years, working with the intermediates. At Atlantis, she has spent two years with our Neptunes and two years with our U12’s. Recently, she has been working with our U14’s and will continue to do so in 2021.
Laura has been with the club since its inception in 2017. In 2018, Laura was part of the U16 Tridents who won Silver at Pan Pacs, SIlver in Auckland and Gold At Nationals. In 2019, she won Silver with the Senior Women in Auckland. During that Time, Laura won Silver with the Diocesan Prems in 2017, and Gold at New Zealand Secondary Schools in 2019.
Since she started Coaching, Laura has worked with our Neptune Programme, U12’s & U14’s. In 2020, she helped secure a silver medal for our Navy Team in the Auckland U14 Division Two Competition.
In 2021, you will see Laura around the pool coaching our U14 Programme.
Noah van Oudenaaren
Noah joins Atlantis officially this year after a small stint with the club late in 2020. Noah played numerous games for both school and club before moving from Tauranga to Auckland. Noah’s experience as a head coach has seen decent success, including a Gold medal with Aquinas College Juniors in 2019 Division 2 and a good performance with Under 14 A boys in Wellington in the same year. He also gained two consecutive bronze medals as Coach of the Under 14 Boys in Tauranga in 2017 and 2018. Noah also was assistant coach in AIMS 2017 where Aquinas gained a bronze medal.
As a player, Noah has gained several national medals from intermediate to school boys level as well as being involved with the New Zealand Born 2001 squad and age group club teams before taking time off to focus on his first year at university in 2020.
In 2021 Noah will join the U16, U12 and intermediate programs while studying Medicine at the University of Auckland.