Seri Harris attended Reddam House High School in Constantia, where she helped lead her water polo team to a Walla Cup Championship in the local school league. In 2004 and 2005 she was named to the Western Province team and in 2011 she was awarded the South African Best Player of the Year award. She was part of the South Africa women's national water polo team and the Australian women's national water polo team. She competed at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships and 2011 World Aquatics Championships.
She studied at Arizona State University and with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, majoring in Education and Sociology. Sarah played Division 1 Water Polo for the University of the Pacific and then for the Arizona State Sun Devils. Sarah represented the South African women's Water Polo team for 7 years then in 2012 emigrated to Austrlia and played for the Australian National Women's Team for 3 years.
Today she lives in Cape Town again, where she works as a consultant for Aspire Atlantic, which is a University Placement Agency that assist students looking to study at American and European Universities on Sports and Academic scholarships. She also runs her own water polo academy at the Sun Valley primary school, where they had the first ever under 11 water polo tournament in February 2016.
Watch a video of Sarah in Australia.
Reddam has the following article about Sarah:
Sarah Harris matriculated in 2005 at Reddam House Constantia. She started to play water polo in Grade 8 at school and in 2002 was selected to the SA U16 girls team, as well as was voted the Sportswoman of the year. In 2003 she was selected to the WP U18 and SA U18 girls' sides. In 2004 she was voted the best women's player in South Africa as well as selected to the SA U20 team. In 2005 she became the captain of the Western Province U19 team and was voted the Reddam House Sportswoman of the Year. In 2006 she won a scholarship to play water polo at the University of the Pacific in California and played for South Africa at the Commomwealth Games in Australia. In 2007 she was the only freshman to score more than 100 goals in a season in the USA College water polo League while playing for the University of the Pacific water polo team. She was also selected to the All-Freshman water polo team. In 2008 Sarah returned to South Africa where she played for the WP and SA Ladies's teams. In 2009 she captained the South African team to the FINA World Championships in Rome and in 2010 moved to Arizona State University where she became one of 10 players in the history of the University to earn All-American accolades and was voted the ASU MVP of the Year award. She also represented South Africa in the World Water Polo League played in Greece and France. In 2011 she played for the SA Ladies team at the FINA World Championships where she was the top goal scorer in the team.
Last year Sarah moved to Australia where she became a member of the Hunter Hurricanes National League Water Polo team and a member of the Australian All Stars team. She finished as the 3rd highest scorer in the National League competition (73 goals) and was awarded the MVP for the Hunter Hurricanes Women's National League.
This year Sarah was appointed Captain of the Hunter Hurricanes National League water polo team, finished in the top 3 goal scorers for the 2013 National League competition and was voted one of the top 7 players in Australia.
In addition to all of her playing, Sarah has also coached at Reddam House Constantia, Sun Valley, Rustenburg and Zimbabwe, as well as in Australia at the Hunter Academy.
Her favourite saying: "In order to get today what others don't have, you must be prepared to do tomorrow what others won't do."
GSport magazine published an interview with sarah in 2007:
Sarah Harris: In Love with South Africa
She may be thousands of miles away from home, but Sarah Lee Harris’ heart belongs to South Africa.
At the age of 19, she is South Africa’s best woman water polo player, and it’s evident that the key to her success is her absolute love for the sport and her willingness to whatever it takes to succeed.
Having taken up water polo in Grade 8, Sarah Lee (Seri) is now on a scholarship to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, but admits to missing home terribly, especially Cape Town, which she regards as the best city in the world.
Seri is the sister of Proteas cricketer, Paul Harris, and the similarities in their personalities are incredible.
Both play sport for the love of the game, rather than, for the money. And the two are unashamedly proud South Africans, who always strive to promote our country’s diversity.
On the wall of her room here at home, Sarah has a saying: ‘Champions expect pain; Champions endure pain; Champions never complain.’
In the month we celebrate love, it’s our pleasure to pay tribute to a young woman who, has such an open and beautiful approach to life.
gsport spoke to South Africa’s star women’s water polo player about her love for the sport and her drive to achieve at the highest level.
Game on Magazine article from April 2016:
Seri runs her Sarah Harris Water Polo Academy at Sun Valley Primary, Cape Town. A great coach makes all the difference - as seen by the growth of water polo at Sun Valley Primary, who hosted their second under 11 water polo tournament in 2017. The school now competes in tournaments like the Cannons Creek Tournament against 20 other schools.
Sun Valley Primary school girls water polo team.