South Burnett reporter Jessica McGrath volunteering in the media team at the Commonwealth Games hockey centre on the Gold Coast.
South Burnett reporter Jessica McGrath volunteering in the media team at the Commonwealth Games hockey centre on the Gold Coast. Jessica McGrath

South Burnett goes to the Games

OVER the past week the Gold Coast welcomed athletes from all over the Commonwealth for what is known as the friendly games.

The Commonwealth Games have really captured this friendly nature which can only be truly appreciated by being amongst it all, right on the Gold Coast.

I have been volunteering during the games at the hockey centre where I have chatted to international athletes and the likes of players from the Australian Hockeyroos and Kookaburras.

The games may seem to be all about the sporting competition, but it's so much more - with nations coming together.

Ghana women's hockey team have made their debut at these games to compete against some of the world's top teams.

In the team's match against the Hockeyroos, the crowd cheering on Australia changed their chant to "Ghana, Ghana, Ghana,” when they gained an advantage in the game.

Australia is a proud nation and this moment of support for both teams captured the essence of the games.

Kingaroy's own athlete, Taliqua Clancy has been overwhelmed by the support she has received on the Gold Coast, and back home across the South Burnett.

It is great to see the friendly nature spread from the coast to the South Burnett and the beach volleyballer's family would love to thank those back home cheering her on.

Taliqua and her team mate Mariafe will play in the women's grand final tonight from 8.30pm, and will have her moment on the medal podium.

The South Burnett has also been represented by volunteers, police officers and others who have sacrificed time away from family and their careers.

Keep spreading the friendly atmosphere of the games into your local sporting clubs and communities, and keep cheering on. Go Taliqua!