The Vanuatu Beach Volleyball teams will be hitting the competition sand at their two upcoming major events in very specially designed uniforms.
Designer, Charlene Turner, is the daughter of a ni-Vanuatu mother and an Australian father, born and raised in Vanuatu, before moving to Brisbane.
Having studied and worked in the fashion industry, graduating with a Diploma of Applied Fashion Design, Turner has a strong belief in the importance of culture and story telling through design, using patterns and colours that are deeply rooted in her Pacific heritage.
When she agreed to design something special for the Team Vanuatu Beach Volleyball squad uniforms, for their upcoming representative events in both the Northern Marianas and in the UK, she took the opportunity to re-explore a lot of the patterns and prints that are intrinsically Melanesian, using traditional art practices such as basket weaving in the print design. The uniforms have been produced by Australian sports apparel maker Joust Sports.
Mini Pacific Games 2022
The 2022 Mini Pacific Games begin on Friday, 17 June with the 5-day Beach Volleyball competition starting on Monday.
The BV squad consists of both a Women’s and a Men’s team – Loti Joe and Majabelle Lawac with Stivano Banga and James Chilia – with Team Manager Pelagie Maho and coach Malon Poilapa rounding out the squad in Saipan.
The Games will be LIVE streamed through the event YouTube channel.
International Events & 2022 Commonwealth Games
VVFs main women’s pairing of Miller Pata and Sherysyn Toko have headed from their Australian training camp to Turkey, arriving in Istanbul this week where they will play in the FIVB World Beach Pro Tour from 16 to 19 June in Balikesir.
From Turkey, the team will head to tournaments in Italy and Greece over the coming weeks before making their way to the UK for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham which will take place from 28 July.