FAST FACT FILE
Name: Taliqua Clancy
Born: Kingaroy, Queensland.
Lives: Adelaide, South Australia
Olympic sport: Beach volleyball
Playing partner: Louise Bawden. The pair were partnered as Australia’s number one beach volleyball team at the end of 2012. They joined forces after the London Olympics and consistently challenge the top teams in the world.
They finished the 15-month qualification period seeded seventh on Olympic adjusted rankings, and easily secured the most direct way to the Games amongst the top 15 team.
Favourite food: Pizza
Favourite music: RnB, Indie
Star Sign: Cancer
Natalie Cook, a 5-time Olympian, met Taliqua when she was doing work experience at 15 years of age. Nearly 10 years later, she’s handing the baton to her and the next generation of athletes.
Here at dinner, Natalie and Kerri Potthurst (not pictured) give Taliqua and her playing partner Louise Bawden a bit of Olympic Village inspiration for when they arrive in Rio.
These scorecards are what Natalie Cook and Kerri Potthurst hung in their rooms during the 2000 Sydney Olympics when they won gold. They hope they will provide motivation and good luck!
WORKING OUT AT THE GYM
Weight training sessions are indispensable for any athlete, and Taliqua is no exception.
LIFE'S A BEACH
Taliqua and Louise spend hours in the sand, practising their moves and strategies. They play on both sides of the court during training to simulate games. Here, they are purposely facing the sun, to practise playing with little visibility.
Taliqua and Louise may be Australia’s best chance at taking home the gold in beach volleyball, but that doesn’t excuse them from their chores... They have to rake the sand after each training session, without fail!
Watch the full story on The Point, with Stan Grant.