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League legend's 'tools' guiding Olympic star daughter

The coolness under pressure of rugby league goal-kicking legend Daryl Halligan has rubbed off on his daughter Bronte as she’s carved out a world-class water polo career.

More than two decades after Daryl rose to fame nailing goals from the sideline, Bronte is slamming home goals in the pool and now eyeing her second Olympic campaign.

The 27-year-old is in Doha for the World Aquatics Championships with the Stingers, the Australian women’s water polo team, which will face Hungary in its third match of the world titles on Thursday night (AEDT).

“He likes to talk about mental tools in his kicking game that he used and that I could use in my water polo game,” Bronte told Wide World of Sports.

“He talks about certain ways that he set up to kick and how he’d move back off the tee and the amount of steps he’d take and preparing mentally for that.

“There are different tools you can rely on, such as your breath work and what’s constant in the field of play at the time, which help me and my penalties. I look at certain things around the goal and I use my breath and I talk to myself mentally and bring myself back to the present.

“He’s pretty good at giving me advice to keep me grounded and keep me calm and collected in the present moment.”

The Halligan family is steeped in sporting success. While Daryl is a Bulldogs, Bears and Kiwis great, and Bronte a water polo star, the eldest of the children, Devon, is a Surf Life Saving world champion.

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