The pair showed their potential early in 2013 by cleaning up in
Australia’s 2013 domestic series. They won all five stages before they
headed off on this year’s World Tour. Gaining experience of the world
circuit is crucial for the pair, but even more so for Clancy who has a
place at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games firmly fixed in her
career plan.
I’ve always wanted to go to the Olympics,” she said. “As a young
kid, you watch it on TV and then you just want to go. I’ve always
been really into sport, but I didn’t really know what sport I would
pick, then I fell in love with beach volleyball. I like the partnerships
you form, the atmosphere is really cool and it’s competitive.”
Her volleyball career started in her early teens at Kingaroy State
High School, about 210km north-west of Brisbane, and by the age
of 16 she was attached to the Queensland Academy of Sport and
had taken her first steps in beach volleyball. From there she moved
south with the determined support of mother Shannon, to Adelaide
and the Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] on a beach scholarship.
She eventually came under the supervision of AIS head coach Steve
Tutton and was put through a comprehensive skills development
programme.
TALIQUA CLANCY
COUNTRY:
Australia
YEARS PLAYING
INTERNATIONALLY:
5 - 2009
POSITION:
Blocker
HEIGHT:
184
cm (6’0”)
HOMETOWN:
Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia
DATE OF BIRTH:
25/06/1992
HONOURS:
2010
FIVB Youth World Championships
bronze, 2012 FIVB Junior World
Championships – bronze
Despite being barely out of her teens Clancy has already built up a
wealth of experience
Clancy has twice won age-group medals, including bronze at the 2012
U21 World Championships with Mariafe Artacho Del s olar
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