Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy show off their bronze medals after coming third at the Beach Volleyball World Championships in Hamburg last year … their win was Australia’s first medal victory in the competition since 2003 (Photo:
The Australian Mint released a $1 coin featuring Taliqua Clancy ahead of the Tokyo Olympics (Photo: Supplied)

December 11, 2020

Children have been invited to head to Kingaroy’s Memorial Park on Sunday for a chance to meet Australian beach volleyball champion Taliqua Clancy and have some fun in the park.

The get-together, dubbed “Discovering The Heart Of Christmas”, began as a project to connect 15 Indigenous kindergarten children in Brisbane with 15 children from Kingaroy.

The children became penpals and will exchange Christmas gifts on the day.

However, other children have now been invited to come along to join in the fun, games and art activities that are being planned for Sunday.

Taliqua grew up and went to school in Kingaroy and is the granddaughter of well-known local residents Robert and Jocelyn Clancy.

She competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Last year, she and partner Mariafe Artacho del Solar won bronze at the World Championships in Germany – the first medal Australians have won in the competition for 16 years,

Taliqua had been aiming to compete at this year’s Tokyo Olympics – and has even been featured on a $1 Olympic coin released by the Australian Mint – but that hope was postponed by the pandemic.

She is now training to be in top form when the COVID-delayed Olympics are held in 2021.

The cultural event aims to celebrate community and togetherness.

Local artist and educator Toni Philips-Petersen will lead cultural games for the children.

The “Acknowledgement To Country” will be performed by five-year-olds from Gundoo Early Childhood Centre in Cherbourg.

Taliqua’s long-time mentor, Olympic gold medallist Natalie Cook will also be taking part in the event.

The “Discovering The Heart Of Christmas” event will run for 10:00am to noon at Memorial Park.


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