By Emily Goddard

Konstantinos Vamvakaris will lead the British women's water polo squad as they aim to qualify for Rio 2016September 2 - Konstantinos Vamvakaris has today been named as the new head coach of the British women's water polo team as they begin their journey to the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Vamvakaris, the former assistant coach of the Greek men's team who finished ninth at London 2012, replaces interim coach Dutchman Paul Metz and will now help the British women improve on their eighth place finish at last summer's Games - where they made their Olympic debut - should they qualify for Rio 2016.

"It is a great privilege to become head coach of the British national water polo team," he said.

"I promise to deliver the best possible results and I look forward to using all of my knowledge and experience to drive the team forward.

"The role will need a lot of work and real trust to lead us to our goal - which is a place at the Olympic Games 2016.

"I am looking forward to getting started."

The British women's water polo team finished in eighth place at London 2012The British women's water polo team finished in eighth place at London 2012

Graeme Thompson, Britain's water polo performance director, welcomed Vamvakaris to the team.

"After a rigorous recruitment process, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Konstantinos Vamvakaris," he said.

"He brings a wealth of coaching knowledge including the experience of the London 2012 Olympics, where he was the Greek men's assistant coach.

"From our first meeting he demonstrated a strong passion and desire to drive GB women's water polo to the Rio Olympics and be amongst the top nations in the sport."

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