School proud to own piece of sport­ing his­tory

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - — Chris­tian Berechree

A PIECE of equip­ment once owned by a South Bur­nett sport­ing leg­end now has a proud new home.

Mem­ber for Nanango Deb Freck­ling­ton pre­sented a swim­suit uni­form worn by Kin­garoy ex­pat Tali­qua Clancy to Kin­garoy State High School on Tues­day.

Clancy won sil­ver at the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games in beach vol­ley­ball.

Ms Freck­ling­ton pur­chased her iconic play­ing suit at a LifeF­light fundraiser.

“This is a fan­tas­tic piece of mem­o­ra­bilia which was re­cently do­nated by Tali­qua’s grand­par­ents, Jo­ce­lyn and Robert Clancy to the South Bur­nett Lifef­light fundrais­ing din­ner in Kin­garoy,” Mrs Freck­ling­ton said.

“I took the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase it on be­half of the com­mu­nity and this morn­ing I pre­sented it to Kin­garoy State High School, and Tali­qua’s grand­fa­ther Robert, to be hung in the school’s sport­ing gallery.”

Mrs Freck­ling­ton said the com­mu­nity had many rea­sons to be proud of Clancy.

“It is so im­por­tant we recog­nise and sup­port our home-grown sports­men and women and the re­sults they are achiev­ing on the in­ter­na­tional stage,” she said.

“Tali­qua is a Kin­garoy girl who is do­ing re­mark­able things in the sport of beach vol­ley­ball.

“She is the first in­dige­nous woman to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the sport of beach vol­ley­ball.

“She made the quar­ter­fi­nals at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the grand fi­nals at the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

KIN­GAROY PRIDE: Mem­ber for Nanango Deb Freck­ling­ton presents the signed Aus­tralian swim­suit worn by Kin­garoy’s Tali­qua Clancy to Kin­garoy State High School stu­dents Steven Wheeler and Amy-Louise Kemp­ton as Tali­qua's grand­fa­ther, Robert Clancy watches on.

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