Australia beat Canada to retain men’s Beach Volleyball title

McHugh and Burnett edged ahead before landing the crucial blow to take the final set 20-18 and with it the gold medal. “It feels good. It is crazy. To came from two match points down, it is a surreal experience,” McHugh said. “That is why we play, for moments like this, feelings like this. You just want to savour it, because it doesn’t last forever and there will be another tournament in no time. I just want to enjoy this one with my family and friends.”

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Both of Australia’s beach volleyball teams have advanced to the gold medal matches at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Chris McHugh and Paul Burnett earnt  their gold medal match berth after a convincing win over Rwanda’s Venuste/Olivier. “We stayed really patient throughout that whole game – even though the score might have shown something different,” Clancy said. “We showed a lot of intensity and focus and I’m happy the result ended up falling in our favour.

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Swim stars back on home soil

AUSTRALIA’S golden superstars have returned home after dominating in the pool at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.O’Callaghan, 18, who bagged seven medals, was all smiles as she pulled out an armful of medals. “It’s really nice to head back home and settle back in and celebrate with my family,” she said. “I’m really happy to see Mum and my sister.”

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The Australian Men’s beach volleyball duo has progressed to the gold medal match at Birmingham 2022. Chris McHugh wasn’t a popular man in Birmingham as Australia put Rwanda’s Commonwealth Games dream on ice to qualify for the men’s volleyball gold medal game. The Australian veteran, partnering fresh-faced Paul Burnett, will gun for back-to-back titles on Sunday against Canada.

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Let Pensioners

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Australia has critical labour shortages across multiple sectors. Fewer than 76,000 pensioners (3%) currently work, but many would work (or work more) if they did not lose 50c in the dollar when they work more than once day a week.

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Rinehart’s backing for Olympians

AOC president John Coates said the partnership would deliver significant benefits. “This is a major commitment to Australian sport,” he said. “We welcome and thank Mrs Gina Rinehart and Hancock Prospecting for this investment. On the eve of farewelling our team to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, the timing is perfect.”

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Rinehart honoured for service to mining sector

Roy Hill and Hancock Prospecting executive chair Gina Rinehart has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the General Division, as part of the Australia Day 2022 Honours list. The mining magnate, who was one of only 25 Australians selected for the honour this year, was recognised for “distinguished service to the mining sector, to the community through philanthropic initiatives and to sport as a patron”.

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Australia Day honours: Billionaire patron Gina Rinehart goes from strength to strength

Hancock is one of the biggest taxpayers in Australia and has weathered the Covid pandemic. Its company profit for the year to June came after revenue for Mrs Rinehart’s Hancock rose to a record $16.6bn from $10.5bn a year earlier and the business paid a huge $2.7bn in federal corporate and state taxes. Last year was also a significant one away from mining for Mrs Rinehart, who watched strong performances by athletes in the four sports she backs at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Swimmers, rowers, beach volleyball players and artistic swimming representatives all receive direct support from Mrs Rinehart, as part of charitable and sponsorship pursuits the billionaire undertakes that also includes helping Cambodian girls out of poverty. All of the support has been recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours, with Mrs Rinehart gaining the title of Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the mining sector, to the community through philanthropic initiatives, and to sport as a patron.

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