Our volleyball star shines on world stage in 2018
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Taliqua Clancy is the world's best beach volleyball server, a stand-out achievement for a girl who hails from country Kingaroy.
Clancy was voted the best server in the world tour and her Australian team mate Mariafe Artacho del Solar was named as the most improved player on the world tour.
The team were a stand-out on the global circuit this year winning a bronze medal at the FIVB World Tour finals in Germany.
In their world tour campaign Artacho and Clancy took four world tour gold medals by reaching the top of the podium at events in China, Australia, Switzerland and Portugal.
The pair won 41 of 53 matches together to finish the season with an impressive 77.4 winning percentage.
"I'm so proud of what we've done and achieved,” Clancy said after the win.
"We set out some goals of what we wanted to achieve this year and I think we've actually reached all of them.”
The players are no strangers to success, claiming a bronze medal together at the junior world championships in 2012.
Since joining forces in the senior ranks in October 2017 the duo have proved to be a winning combination.
"From the beginning we had a natural connection,” Artacho del Solar said.
"The trust and belief we have in each other is so strong, which makes it much easier to just focus on playing.
"We're both on the same page, competitive and always want to win.”
Clancy's family and friends travelled to the Gold Coast in April to cheer on the Australian team to a Commonwealth Games silver medal.
The 2018 Asian beach volleyball champions now have their sights set on gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Clancy competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with Louise Bawden, while Artacho represented Australia alongside Nicole Laird.
"We want to be consistent and take that momentum all the way to Tokyo,” Clancy said.