Maria Fe Artacho del Solar
Born in Lima Peru, Artacho del Solar moved to Australia as an 11-year-old. Her first major international tournament opportunity came in 2007 when she was selected to represent Australia at the U19 World Championships in Poland.
After winning gold at the Asian Continental Cup Final in late June 2016, Mariafe Artacho del Solar made her Olympic debut in Rio with her beach volleyball partner Nicole Laird. The pair, who are both originally from Sydney and went to the same high school, teamed up in 2013.
The young guns didn’t win a match in Rio, going down to the USA, Switzerland and China. But their obvious bond and competitive spirit earnt them the admiration.