Olympic medallist Taliqua Clancy becomes Wave of Change ambassador to promote sustainability

Australian beach volleyball player will promote the environment education programme

Beach volleyball player Taliqua Clancy, an Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 silver medallist, has become the official ambassador of the Wave of Change programme, a joint environmental education programme between Containers for Change and Plastic Oceans Australasia.

The Wave of Change programme encourages schools to focus on building awareness of plastic pollution and participating in Containers for Change which will provide schools with bags and bins for containers, connection to operators who can collect recyclables and a federally approved curriculum ready to go.

Taliqua Clancy said the programme would drive change by influencing students’ daily habits and inspiring others to join them:

“Playing volleyball on beaches around the world has made me passionate about keeping them, and our oceans, free of plastic and waste so that we can all enjoy them. Sharing storylines about our environment is so important for the future sustainability of our beaches, beautiful coastline, and waterways in Queensland and I am excited to share my passion for the environment with tomorrow’s generation of Queenslanders.”

Queensland Government Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon has welcomed Ms Clancy’s involvement in the programme, stating:

“We know that Taliqua is a winner on the court and is a passionate supporter of clean oceans and beaches – her strong connection to young Queenslanders makes her perfect for this role as we go for gold in cleaning up and protecting our beaches and environment.

“In partnership with Plastic Oceans Australasia – Containers for Change will deliver primary school curriculum modules on plastic reduction and pollution to 300 primary schools in 2022. The programme will also support schools’ container recycling fundraising efforts by providing collection infrastructure and resources that maximise containers collected and refunds received.”

Five billion containers have now been recycled since Containers for Change was introduced in Queensland with nearly 800 full time equivalent jobs created.

For further information please go to Queensland Containers for Change – Wave of Change programme site.

Taliqua Clancy and her beach volleyball partner Mariafe Artacho del Solar won silver at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 earlier this year. The duo exploded onto the scene in 2018, winning back-to-back events in Qinzhou, China and Sydney, Australia. They would win two more events that year, in Lucerne, Switzerland and Espinho, Portugal in addition to winning bronze at the 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.

“This is a moment that just won't happen once,” Clancy said after receiving her Olympic silver medal. “We'll be back there.”