Mitch Emery made his Olympic debut in Rio with the Australian Sharks after they placed 5th and 2nd respectively in the 2016 World League Super Final and 2016 World League Intercontinental Tournament.
The Aussies lined up against the Brazilian hosts in their opening Game of the 2016 Olympics, but the roars from the home crowd proved to be too much as the boys narrowly went down 8-7. In their second pool game, the Aussies bounced back to secure a 9-9 draw with powerhouse Hungary, before they recorded an 8-6 win over Japan in game three.
Determined to try and secure Australia’s first ever men’s water polo medal, the Aussies then lined up with eventual Gold medallists Serbia and after a hard fought battle went down 10-8. Hungary defeating Brazil resulted in a fifth place finish in their pool for the green and gold, meaning the Aussies would not progress to the quarter-final stage.
Born in Sydney, Emery started playing water polo at 11 years-old. In 2008 he was crowned the Drummoyne Water Polo Club Junior Player of the Year.
He placed fourth at his senior international debut at the 2010 FINA World League Preliminary tournament in China. Australia placed eighth at his debut World Cup in Spain in 2013.
He helped the Sharks finish fifth at the 2014 FINA Super League Finals in Dubai and again at the FINA World Cup in Almaty, Kazahhstan. Emery was named in the National Water Polo League All-Stars team in 2015.