When the Prime Minister invites you to the Lodge for lunch and a “selfie” you know you must be doing something right.
For Australia’s newly selected history making Commonwealth Games Beach Volleyball women’s team of Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar this once in a lifetime opportunity was too good to pass up.
“Today marks 30 days out from the Commonwealth Games and we got to celebrate with the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, holding a lunch for us.” said Clancy.
“We got to have a tour of The Lodge and have a look around. It was really enjoyable and we got to take a really cool selfie with Malcolm - he’s not afraid
of a selfie, it was pretty cool."
Australia’s Helloworld Travel Beach Volleyroos could be forgiven for feeling a little tired having just landed back in Australia on the same morning from
a tour of duty at the five star FIVB World Tour event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Mariafe Artacho del Solar said meeting the Prime Minister was a great way to come home from their final world tour event of the summer before bunkering down to prepare for the Commonwealth Games next month on the Gold Coast.
“I’ve never even been to Canberra before so this was really exciting.” said Artacho del Solar.
“We got a top 10 result at Fort Lauderdale which was exciting for us as a team after topping our pool. Unfortunately we went down to Brazil in the quarter
finals and it wasn’t our best game but we will learn a lot from that and now we can reset , train hard and be ready to give our best at the Commonwealth
Games in April.”
Australia’s Commonwealth Games men's team of Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann also qualified for their first major tournament of year in Florida by beating
the French. Unfortunately they were unable to progress beyond pool play after going down to Austria in a close one and then Brazil.
“We were very happy to beat the French to qualify, and in our match against Austria we played well. However our first set against Brazil was not our best,
although we did hit back and play much better after that but unfortunately we didn’t get the result we wanted.” Said McHugh.
The men couldn’t make the lunch with the PM as they have another world tour event in Doha this week before returning to Australia to prepare for the Commonwealth
“Obviously Doha is our priority right now but then we are looking forward to returning home to finalise our preparations for Comm Games. We are definitely
on the right track to give our best performance at GC2018 both individually and as a team.” Said McHugh.