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Christopher McHugh

Chris McHugh (beach volleyball) had thoughts of retirement haunting him as his knee blew out time and time again leading into the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, but the then 28-year-old persevered and he and partner Damien Schumann went on to claim beach volleyball’s first gold medal. The dream of leading Australia back into the men’s tournament at the Olympics was also his motivation to keep going, after falling a few points shy of going to London in 2012 with three-time Olympian Josh Slack. That dream finally materialised in 2021 when he and Schumann – who came together after the 2016 Olympic cycle – qualified for Tokyo, the first Australian men’s pair to play at the Olympics since 2008. Unfortunately, the pair drew a tough pool that included the reigning world champions and they were eliminated. In Birmingham, a new partner in Paul Burnett and a new opportunity beckons for the man who said that he got into the sport to avoid clarinet lessons and likes to tap his partner’s head for good luck before each match.

Sport / Discipline

Beach Volleyball

Birth Place

Pambula

Birth state

NSW

Date of Birth

31/08/1989

Age

32

SOCIAL MEDIA

Gold Coast, 2018

Results History

GAMES SPORT / DISCIPLINE EVENT / PHASE OPPONENT PERFORMANCE RESULT MEDAL

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Additional Information

Education Details:

St Michaels College 2007

Why did you begin your sport?

To get myself out of clarinet lessons

Do you have any pre-competition routines or rituals?

before every match have to rub my partners head before walking on the court

What is your most memorable sporting achievement?

bronze medal 2014 Austrian Grand Slam

Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?

Glen Mcgrath, Model of consistency. Never met him

Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?

Craig Marshall, coach me for 10 years . Taught me more about life more than the sport

Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?

Fishing, spending time with my wife

What is your sporting ambition?

Don't get injured

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