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Champion beach volleyball player Taliqua Clancy with Volleyball Australia patron Gina Rinehart and the Hancock Prospecting Perpetual Trophy awarded every time Australia and China play

December 19, 2017

Kingaroy played host to two special visitors on Monday evening … champion beach volleyballer Taliqua Clancy and mining magnate Gina Rinehart, the patron of Volleyball Australia.

Taliqua Clancy, who grew up in Kingaroy, and her on-court partner Mariafe Artacho del Solar won a women’s FIVB World Tour event in NSW last month.

The FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) World Tour is the global elite professional beach volleyball circuit.

Taliqua and Mariafe’s victory 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 brought the large Hancock Prospecting trophy to Kingaroy so local residents could share in Taliqua’s glory.

Special guests at St John’s Lutheran School were Taliqua’s proud grandparents Robert and Jocelyn Clancy.

The Kingaroy visit was also a chance for Mrs Rinehart to inspect some of the entries in the recent South Burnett Regional Council Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd Christmas Lights competition.

Mrs Rinehart met the major winner (Kath Kennedy, from Wondai) and runners-up (David and Linda Marskell, from Kingaroy), who have won trips to Singapore through the generosity of Mrs Rinehart’s company.

Also at St John’s School Hall were local businesspeople and representatives from the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry who had the opportunity to chat briefly with Mrs Rinehart.

An important part of Mrs Rinehart’s visit was the opportunity to spend time with her long-time friend, Lady Bjelke-Petersen, at Orana Lutheran Complex.

Mrs Rinehart also briefly visited the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital to see a new sign which has been recently installed to acknowledge her generous support, which enabled the hospital to re-open.

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Taliqua Clancy with her proud grandparents Robert and Jocelyn Clancy, from Kingaroy ... Taliqua went to school at St John's Lutheran School and Kingaroy State High School

South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell with the overall winner of the South Burnett Regional Council Hancock Prospecting Christmas Lights competition, Kath Kennedy, from Wondai; and her daughter Michelle Bartlett-Kennedy

Runners-up in the Christmas Lights competition were David and Linda Marskell, from Kingaroy

Gina Rinehart greets an old friend, John Bjelke-Petersen

Santa's Workshop, part of the large Christmas Lights display in Cowie Drive, Kingaroy, which won David and Linda Marskell a trip to Singapore

Gina Hancock, centre, congratulates Linda and David Marskell on their runners-up prize win

Gina Rinehart was presented with a small thank you gift by South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell

South Burnett Community Hospital Foundation chairman Wayne Kratzmann and Gina Rinehart inspect the new sign outside the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital that acknowledges Mrs Rinehart's generous donation which enabled the hospital to re-open

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