“There’s no better feeling than being in the green and gold, and there’s always that moment when you step out onto court of soaking it all in…it’s really special and you really can’t put it into words,” said Clancy. “At the Commonwealth Games you’re not just representing yourself, your team, your family – you’re representing your whole country. It’s such an honour to put on the green and gold and it’s definitely a very special feeling,” Aratcho del Solar added.
Tokyo Olympic silver medalists Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar experienced a familiar feeling on Sunday in Espinho, Portugal, winning gold at the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Challenge tournament at the Praia da Baia. “It was definitely a tough one, but we’re so happy that we got the win. I’m very proud of our team, we showed grit and a lot of fight. “We had our ups and downs during the week, but we stuck together and that’s how we made it,” she said.
Australia’s Olympic champion rowing crews – the men’s and women’s fours – have won their respective male and female crew of the year awards at Rowing Australia’s 2021 Hancock Prospecting Rower of the Year Awards. “I’m honoured to receive the Gina Rinehart rowing leadership award for Rowing Australia and for our performances in 2021. I’m absolutely chuffed to receive this award, it’s a huge honour,” Cameron said. “I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I did last year with my three other crewmates in Tokyo without the help and support of Mrs Rinehart. To receive this award is truly memorable and it will go right next to my Olympic bronze medal as a highlight of my career. Rowing Australia CEO Ian Robson said: “We congratulate and thank all the athletes, coaches, administrators and volunteers for all their hard work and sacrifice. Particularly the families and friends and club communities who have supported unconditionally the dreams and aspirations of all of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
Rowing Australia held their annual awards gala in Penrith, NSW, March 11th, to celebrate the successes of the rowers and their coaches. And what a year to celebrate after an amazing performance in Tokyo by our rowers! One of Australia’s rowers best Olympic performances in history. Hancock Prospecting and Mrs. Gina Rinehart send a heartfelt congratulations to all of this evening’s winners, and a big thank you to president Rob Scott.
YANQING: Monobob racer Bree Walker has piloted Australia to its best Olympic bobsled result, coming fifth in the singles on the sliding track in Yanqing and setting herself up for another medal tilt in the team event later this week. Walker went head-to-head with the three medallists from the US and Canada in Monday’s final heats, pulling out a final run of 1:05 to finish two seconds behind eventual gold medallist – Kaillie Humphries, the greatest women’s bobsledder of all time, and just 0.43 seconds behind bronze. “All I can say is never count an Aussie out,” Walker told Seven after the race. “I’m so chuffed.”
Four years after she was told to stay at home because she wasn’t good enough to go to the Winter Olympics, Bree Walker has produced the best performance in history by any Australian bobsleigh driver. Walker has reminded the selectors who snubbed her last time just what a massive blunder they made with a gutsy fightback that got her agonisingly close to snatching a medal in the inaugural women’s monobob at the Beijing Winter Olympics.Inspired by her teammate Jaclyn Narracott, who won a silver medal for Australia in skeleton on Sunday, Walker hasn’t given up hope of getting a medal herself when she competes in the two-woman bobsleigh on Friday and Saturday. “I wanted to be standing here at these Olympics, representing Australia being a competitor, not just a participant,” she said. “And I think I’ve kept that promise to myself. I’m over the moon.”