Bronte Halligan, daughter of Daryl Halligan, is training at the AIS. Photo: Jay Cronan
Rugby league goal-kicking ace Daryl Halligan built his career on pinpoint accuracy and daughter Bronte hopes she inherited the same sharpshooter genes for her own career.
But instead of slotting goals from the sideline, Bronte is launching rockets from the pool as she starts her journey as a rising water polo star.
Bronte, 17, is the latest emerging water polo talent from a line of rich rugby league history and stars of the 1980s and '90s.
NRL goalkicking great Daryl Halligan.
Balmain legend Steve ''Blocker'' Roach's son Aidan played for the men's water polo team at the Olympics last year.
Queensland great Wally ''The King'' Lewis' daughter Jamie-Lee played for the women's junior team.
Halligan, a former Canterbury Bulldogs and New Zealand winger, was a goal-kicking star and retired as the highest point scorer in the NRL with 2034 points.
''Maybe it's just the physicality and aggression in the sports that transfer, who knows,'' Bronte said.
''I knew I wanted to be an athlete of some sort and represent my country when I watched dad play. It just motivates me even more.
''I can't kick a ball that well … But he definitely helps me on the mental side of things just to cope and make sure I'm always on top of things.''
Halligan is in the middle of a three-week camp at the Australian Institute of Sport with 18 of the country's best water polo juniors.
The new talent academy program is aimed at fast-tracking development from elite junior to contenders for the senior team.
Three Canberra athletes, Giulia Fox, Georgia Rossetin and Lauren Brennan, are also in the camp, which includes intense psychological and physical assessment.
Bronte has played for the Australian junior team and played at the world championships in Greece this year.
Daryl Halligan works with the Canberra Raiders as Jarrod Croker's goal-kicking mentor.
''I hope she's got plenty of confidence because you need that to kick goals or shoot goals [in water polo],'' Daryl said.
''But other than that, there's nothing similar. One of them is with the leg and the other is with the arm.
''I saw Wally Lewis last year at a game in Sydney … people don't understand how brutal water polo is under the water and we were chatting about how hard it is physically.''
The next challenge for Bronte is choosing between Australia and New Zealand.
Daryl played for the New Zealand rugby league team while daughter Devon Halligan represented the Kiwis in surf life-saving.