LONDON OLYMPIAN: Billy Miller in action at the 2012 Games.
LONDON OLYMPIAN: Billy Miller in action at the 2012 Games. DEAN LEWINS/AAP

League MVP didn't meet selection criteria for Rio: Sharks

WATER POLO: He was a London Games sharp shooter and is the national competition's MVP but Billy Miller was omitted from the team for Rio because he didn't meet the selection criteria, according to the sport's national body.

The 28-year-old from the Sunshine Coast told the Daily last week he was shocked to be left out of the squad for this month's Games, particularly because he was the top player in this year's National Water Polo League.

He was also Australia's top goal scorer at the 2012 Olympics.

Miller was part of the national squad set-up until May, when he and other player were released from the squad as it was reduced ahead of the final team selection June.

"It came down to performance and fitness,” a Water Polo Australia spokesperson said.

"In accordance with the selection policy Billy didn't meet that criteria.”

"The team assembled for Rio 2016 is a very different looking team to that which played in London.”

Miller was stunned by the decision

"Feedback (from selectors) has been given but I'm still trying to process it I suppose,” he said last week.

Now, he's unsure if he'll continue in the upper echelons of the sport.

"That's the million-dollar question,” he said.

Miller tragically lost his younger brother Cole - a promising water polo player - in January.

While Miller wasn't selected for the Games, he will still watch the Sharks with interest.

STEELE TAYLOR