Dolphin stalwart treads

Ben (10) and Matt Colliss (12) with their mother Sharan, who has notched up more than a 1000 games of water polo. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d399025
Ben (10) and Matt Colliss (12) with their mother Sharan, who has notched up more than a 1000 games of water polo. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d399025

The Dolphins Water Polo Club member has played Australian, state, national league (for the Melville Marlins) and club games since she was 13.

‘I’ve been talking to my coach about next year and I haven’t decided,’ Colliss said. ‘I love watching my boys play and I’d like to go in to a coaching role.’

Colliss joined the Dolphins because her dad played there and her sons Matt (12) and Ben (10) now play at the club.

‘They just went away to the under-14 club nationals with the Dolphins and it was fun going on tour with them,’ she said.

The 44-year-old said her favourite memory was being part of the winning Australian World Cup team in Sydney in 1995.

‘It was in Australia so we had a huge crowd,’ Colliss said.

‘It was the best eight teams in the world so it was a really proud moment for me.’

Colliss’ water polo knowledge earned her an invitation to be the technical adviser to the broadcast team at the Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Olympics.