Newly formed duo impresses world to win gold

WINNERS: Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar celebrate their victory.
WINNERS: Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar celebrate their victory. Contributed

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Jocelyn Clancy is a very proud grandmother and rightly so.

Her granddaughter Taliqua has claimed her first gold medal in the FIVB World Tour in China.

"I watched it on Youtube, it was fantastic,” Jocelyn said.

"When we are watching, the kids always tell me to settle down.

"I never thought any of my children or grandchildren would be playing at such a high level and to go to the Olympics and be the first indigenous Australian volleyball player, it is just fantastic.”

This was Taliqua's first gold medal in a world tour after competing in 58 of the events.

Her previous best was a bronze medal in Porec, Croatia in 2015.

This was the second tournament for Taliqua and her new partner Mariafe Artacho del Solar.

The new combination is making its mark on the competition.

They defeated Poland in straight sets to claim gold, and were proud of their performance as a team.

"We just try to play our best volleyball and go out and see what we can do,” Taliqua said.

"It has been enjoyable, every game and every match to play, so getting the benefit of winning this is absolutely an extra bonus.

"The World Tour is getting more difficult.

"We will just keep going and hopefully we can get more podiums.

"Moving forward we have one more tournament on this tour so we will enjoy the Gold medal now and then start preparing for AVC in Palembang next week.”

Despite their success as a newly formed pair there is no certainty they will continue on as a duo for Commonwealth Games selection.

Jocelyn is looking forward to celebrating Taliqua's success with her when she returns to Kingaroy to speak at Kingaroy State High School's sports awards night.

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