As an aspiring teenage player Jane Moran remembers watching Australia win gold at the Sydney Olympics when women's water polo was first introduced to the Games.
She then represented the Stingers herself at London 2012 and claimed an Olympic bronze medal.
This year Moran, now aged 34, will get another Games fix but in Tokyo as a "honeymooning" spectator.
"I'm actually getting married this year and we're honeymooning at the Tokyo Olympics," Moran said.
"My fiance' didn't get a say in it. He's not that interested in women's water polo, but he'll tag along."
The overseas trip will follow the 2020 Australian Water Polo League season.
Moran, in her third campaign with the Hunter Hurricanes women's squad, will co-captain alongside Novocastrian player Julia Barton.
The Hurricanes open with a double header away to the Drummoyne Devils on Friday and Saturday.
It will be a new-look Hunter group this year under a different coach, with inaugural men's mentor and former Australian player Renae Burdack taking over from Mitch Baird.
"We've got some changes from last season and a coach change," Moran said.
"We've got Renae Burdack [coaching], who is an absolute stalwart of the club, and it's really exciting that he's stepped up for the girls.
"We've been training against his son's team so he's had visibility of us all pre-season and I think he kind of thought it would be exciting to give the national league girls a go."
Moran, Barton, Belle Humby, Laura Robinson, Kate Hughes and Eliza Limn all return for the Hurricanes and form the nucleus of the squad.
Rio Olympians, US gold medalist Rachel Fattal and Australian goalkeeper Kelsey Wakefield, mark Hunter's major losses for 2020.
Ashley Colaco, Alexie Lambert, Jolie Marsden and Sienna Trenholme are also out.
Newcomers for the Hurricanes include Australian Country representative Peta Schulte, Tamworth's Mikayla Gross and New Zealand's Miranda Chase.
Hunter juniors Ruby Brown and Gracie Saunders step up into the senior ranks while Emily Grellman is welcomed back following a stint living in Alice Springs.
Redhead 23-year-old Barton, who arrives following two seasons impacted by knee and shoulder injures, said "it's good to be back" fully fit. She said "it was a bit of responsibility" taking on the leadership role but added "it's a really good group of girls and everyone has really stepped up".
In the men's competition, the Hurricanes also face the Devils at Drummoyne in back-to-back encounters on Friday and Saturday.
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