Australian teams have long been among the most exciting in international beach volleyball because of their aggressive playing style, but McHugh and Burnett have what it takes to move up to another level. While the 2022 Commonwealth Games winners are both very technical, they’re also tall and athletic, adding another dimension to their game. The Aussies medalled twice at the Challenge level in their first season as partners, taking silver in Kuşadası and bronze in front of their home fans in Torquay, but as the 25-year-old Burnett continues to develop under the mentorship of Tokyo Olympian McHugh, they will certainly go for more in 2023.
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