Taliqua Clancy

Taliqua Clancy became the first indigenous Australia to compete in Olympic beach volleyball when she made her debut at Rio. 

Teaming up with triple Olympian Louise Bawden, the pair won the 2014 Asian Championships. They secured their Olympic quota spot after finishing at world number seven at the end of the world ranking qualification period in June 2016.

Clancy and Bawden were able to turn some terrific teamwork into tangible results, with the pair downing Costa Rica, Venezuela and the Netherlands to enter the Round of 16 undefeated.

The duo went down in a mouth-watering quarter-final against the star-studded Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, who went on to seal bronze. 

Clancy grew up in the rural Queensland town of Kingaroy, over 200km away from the nearest beach. She tried her hand in almost every sport available to her growing up, before finding indoor volleyball in high school.

At 15 years of age, she was scouted for beach volleyball and moved to Brisbane on a scholarship to the Queensland Academy of Sport. She moved to Adelaide as a 17-year-old to join the Australian Volleyball program.

Olympic Results

2016 Rio

Beach Volleyball - Women
Quarterfinal 21-14, 21-16 WALSH JENNINGS, Kerry/ROSS, April (USA) 2 - 0 Loss
Round of 16 15-21, 21-16, 15-11 KOLOSINSKA, Kinga/BRZOSTEK, Monika (POL) 2 - 1 Win
Preliminary - Pool F Match 24 21-9, 21-14 PEREZ PAZO, Olaya/AGUDO, Norisbeth (VEN) 2 - 0 Win
Preliminary - Pool F Match 12 21-15, 21-14 COPE CHARLES, Karen/ALFARO, Natalia (CRC) 2 - 0 Win
Preliminary - Pool F Match 36 27-25, 18-21, 16-14 VAN IERSEL, Marleen/MEPPELINK, Madelein (NED) 2 - 1 Win
Final Placing 5 / 24