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Reaching for the stars

Australia's water polo stars of the future will take their first strokes towards the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics at the annual Institute Challenge at the Australian Institute of Sport, starting on Sunday.

Following on from the bronze-medal success of the Aussie Stingers at the London Olympics, the five-day tournament will expose future stars as they aim to cement their places ahead of next year's FINA world championships.

Teams from the five state institutes and academies - Queensland, NSW, Western Australia and a combined Victorian and South Australian outfit - will contest the event.

With none of this year's Olympians in action, national head coach Greg McFadden said it would be interesting to see who was determined to prove their value to the national program.