Volleyball Australia patron Mrs. Gina Rinehart has sent a personal message to Australia’s Beach Volleyroos congratulating all four athletes on their historic selection for this year's Commonwealth Games.
Taliqua Clancy, Mariafe Artacho del Solar, Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann will pull on the green and gold for Australia and Mrs Rinehart says she can’t wait to cheer them all on in April on the Gold Coast.
“I am planning to be at the games and see as much Beach Volleyball as I can. I think this is a wonderful achievement for these outstanding athletes and for the sport of Beach Volleyball.”
A long time patron for Volleyball Australia and huge fan of the sport Mrs Rinehart’s support continues as it did when she attended the 2016 Rio Olympics and more recently as a guest of Volleyball Australia at “Volleyfest” on Sydney’s Manly Beach late last year.
Mrs Rinehart was delighted to witness first hand Taliqua Clancy and on court partner Mariafe Artacho del Solar win the FIVB World Tour Gold medal against China.
The win was the first international tournament win at home by an Australian women’s team since Kerri Pottharst and Natalie Cook won gold at the Sydney Olympics.
As the Australians defeated a pair from China, they also won the Hancock Prospecting Perpetual Trophy, awarded each time Australia and China face off.
Mrs Rinehart had to get special permission to personally deliver the large Hancock Prospecting trophy to Kingaroy where Clancy grew up, so local residents, family and friends could share in Taliqua’s glory.
“I was delighted to get special permission, after watching Taliqua and Mariafe win gold for Australia at Manly and win the Hancock Prospecting Perpetual Trophy and to take this precious and huge cup to Kingaroy, so that her family and many friends and community could see what she and her teammate won on home soil.”
The FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) World Tour is the global elite professional beach volleyball circuit.
President of Volleyball Australia Mr. Craig Carracher said,
Tickets for the Beach Volleyball at this years Commonwealth Games have long been sold out however for those wishing to attend can contact Volleyball Australia.