First World ParaVolley Course for Vanuatu A Huge Success
29 September, 2019
The Vanuatu Volleyball Federation last week hosted a two-day World ParaVolley Introductory Course in both Luganville and Port Vila.
With 15 participants in Santo and 24 in Port Vila, VVF was very pleased with the level of engagement in both locations.
Participants came from a broad cross-section of the community – coaches, para-athletes, the Vanuatu Disability Promotion and Advocacy Association, Vanuatu Paralympic Committee, Vanuatu Society for People with a Disability, Wan SmolBag, rehabilitation services, local community members and of course VVF staff.
It was the first time this course has been delivered anywhere in the world, having been recently designed by the two senior Asia Oceania ParaVolley instructors from Australia who delivered it – Glenn Stewart and Weiping Tu.
The course was a combination of theory and practical skills focussing on the rules and criteria, coaching techniques, drills and skills for Sitting Volleyball.
Glenn Stewart was impressed with the engagement he saw from both groups.
“The level of participation was outstanding. They were really enthusiastic (and) there was quite a mixture of knowledge and backgrounds,” said Stewart.
“The participants seemed to get a lot out of it and that’s what it was really all about – it was to provide some basic information and to kickstart programs and get people involved.”
VVF President, Debbie Masauvakalo says the original idea emerged from the Santo V4C staff who reached out last year to the 117 Ambae evacuees with disabilities, as they tried to assist in keeping them active through playing volleyball.
She organised this course in the hope of building a foundation which will enable the whole Vanuatu community to participate in the sport of volleyball.
“We reached out to World ParaVolley and asked them for assistance which came in the form of two instructors and the donation of equipment,” said Masauvakalo.
“Now we have some knowledge in the game (Sitting Volleyball) and everybody is very excited.
“There was huge enthusiasm from the coaches, school teachers and youth leaders and so I’m sure it will now continue to develop and one day in the future, Vanuatu will see its first Para-Volleyball team compete internationally.”
World ParaVolley facilitated the delivery of the course through funding from its International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Development Grant, while the VVFs hosting was supported by funding from its Australian-aid Pacific Sports Partnership program – facilitated by Volleyball Australia.
Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Sending Two Teams to Taipei
2 August, 2019
Vanuatu Volleyball Federation has two women’s teams departing Port Vila on Sunday (3 August), off to compete in the next Asian Volleyball Confederation event which is being played in Magong City – Penghu Island, Taipei, on August 7-11.
This tournament is part of the competition pathway in preparation towards the Tokyo 2020 with players and teams looking to gain ranking points and the increased tournament participation needed to help with Olympic qualification.
The four players going are recent Pacific Games gold medallists Miller Pata and Sherysyn Toko and they are joined by Loti Joe, who is returning to international competition after the birth of her son seven months ago, and 18 year-old Maybel Ravo, one of the exciting next generation of Vanuatu players.
There will 20 Women’s teams competing in this Asian Tour event with Vanuatu, the only Pacific country in the draw, coming up against strong rivals from Australia, Kazakhstan and hosts Taipei to name a few.
VVF is pleased to acknowledge the support of its key major sponsors Titan FX, based in Port Vila, along with Carnival Australia (P&O Cruises) in facilitating the teams’ ability to compete on the world stage in these international tournaments.
Wilco 2 winner of 2019 TVL Corporate Volleyball Wellness Shield
26 July, 2019
The 2019 edition of the annual TVL Corporate Volleyball Wellness Shield has been run and won by Wilco Hardware which defeated last year’s champions Holiday Inn in two exciting, action packed sets.
Vanuatu Volleyball Federation in partnership with the major sponsor Telecom Vanuatu Limited, hosted 36 teams competing in the tournament over two months, with the finals event on Thursday night bringing it all to an exciting conclusion.
“What an event, both teams were good and I think the best have won today, TVL as you may have seen have always encouraging all the sports activities and supporting. TVL as a corporate company we want to support this kind of development among the communities that we are trying to build a stronger and healthier nation through sports,” said TVL CEO Tangavel Barlen Lutchmoodoo.
“Today’s match is a very tough one that our team did not think we would win the shield because last year we came up against the same team and lost to them but today we are overjoyed and glad about turnout,” said Douglas Regenvanu, player from the Wilco 2 team.
The Wilco 2 team won 1st prize of 100,000vt and will have the team’s name engraved on the perpetual Shield; 2nd prize, won by 2018 title holders Holiday Inn was six
6 Smartphones (one for each player) with Reality Tours winning 30,000vt for 3rd prize. A bonus prize was given for Best Dressed Team across the eight weeks – 27,000vt which went to the AVL team.
The tournament was played as a 4-a-side competition and was run weekly on Thursday nights beginning on June 6th, and saw participants putting a lot of effort into making it to the finals. There was also great support on the sidelines each week from family, friends and colleagues.
The runner-up, Holiday Inn, said that they were disappointed about the outcome of the match but were also very pleased with the event overall.
“I feel sad but happy too because it is a game (and) every game has a winner and a loser. It’s sad for us but we feel happy and alright about it. To all other companies who (did) not participate in this year’s event, (they) must be involved in next year’s tournament,” said Melissa Yalulu.
In this competition, the emphasis is on enjoyment and social atmosphere. To build team spirit and promote the benefits of exercise and good health, to meet new people and also build relationships between organizations.
“I am very happy that our team, Reality Tours came to win 3rd place in the TVL Corporate Volleyball Wellness shield,” said Felix Andrew, a member of that team.
“It is also the team’s first time to be part of this event. On behalf of the team I would like to thank TVL for organising events like this for people to participate in, instead of hanging around and doing nothing.” VVF would like to express our huge appreciation to all the participating teams, VVF referees and officials and hope to see all teams participating in the tournament in 2020. Special thanks to TVL also for putting on a delicious barbeque at the Stade courts on the final night in appreciation of all participants; and not forgetting the much-appreciated support from Azure Pure Water, which supplied water stations at the courts for all to access across the tournament.
A Shining End To A Big Week In Samoa For Vanuatu Beach Volleyball
15 July, 2019
The first week of the XVI Pacific Games in Samoa ended with a much-celebrated Gold medal for the Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Women’s team as they secured a straight sets win over Tahiti 21-12, 21-18 at the Apia Waterfront venue.
The number one ranking of the current Oceania Champions Miller Pata and Sherysyn Toko proved a good predictor as they finished the week winning all their matches in straight sets, underlining their good record at Pacific Games level having previously won Bronze (2007), Gold (2011) and Silver (2015).
The Vanuatu Volleyball Federation was pleased with the performances from both its Women’s and Men’s teams which participated in the 2019 Pacific Games.
The Men’s team of Joshua Toares and Donny Aru bowed out in the Round of 12, as their initial good progress in the pool rounds was haulted in their final two matches losing to the eventual Gold and Silver medallists Australia and Tahiti respectively. While the pair were disappointed with their result, the continuing development of the men’s program is strong.
For the women, the Pacific Games success added to what has been a solid run of performances so far this year, competing in Asian Volleyball Confederation, FIVB and other tournaments across Asia and Australia, with top five placings in six of nine events.
Immediately following the Pacific Games title win, Pata and Toko departed for Fiji where they will spend this week training before heading to Japan to participate in an FIVB Olympic Test event beginning 24 July.
The team will need to make the final eight in Tokyo in a pre-tournament qualifying competition (July 21) to make it into the main draw.
This begins their 12-month path to Tokyo 2020 qualification – a major goal for veteran player and senior member of the team Miller Pata who announced on Friday that Samoa was her last Pacific Games and declared she will finish her playing career next year after a tilt at the Olympics.
It is a busy schedule ahead of this Women’s team with the Japan competition next week, an AVC tournament in Taipei in August, the ANOC Beach Games in Qatar in October and the big conclusion to the year – the Continental Cup and Oceania Olympic Qualifier event in Fiji in December.
With the support of VVFs new national team sponsor Titan FX, Vanuatu will endeavour to build success in these and many other ranking tournaments in the next year with a firm focus on making it to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games.
New Sponsorship Will Help Beach Volleyball Aim for Samoa2019 Honours and Beyond
11 June, 2019
The Vanuatu Volleyball Federation is pleased to announce it has entered into a new major sponsorship deal with Titan FX, which will fund the elite National Beach Volleyball team as it prepares for the Pacific Games in Samoa next month, and increased international competition beyond that.
Titan FX is a technology-driven financial securities dealer, based in Port Vila, working in foreign exchange and commodities, which is keen to support the growth and development of Vanuatu’s leading sports team as it competes on the international stage.
Managing Director Audrius Bernotas believes this partnership is a reflection of the company’s vision as a part of the Vanuatu community.
“Every employee of Titan FX, expat or local, loves Vanuatu and wants to promote it globally,” he said.
“We think that one of the best ways to do this is to support professional athletes who carry the Vanuatu flag in global tournaments while overcoming numerous challenges. For everyone in the world seeing these success stories will help put Vanuatu on the map, which will help build trust for international businesses based here.”
Initial funding support will be focussed on the next three months, facilitating preparation for Samoa2019 in Apia, and then onto at least one Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) tournament as the 12-month leadup to the Tokyo Olympics begins.
The year ahead is a big one for VVF and President Debbie Masauvakalo is excited by the opportunities this Titan FX sponsorship opens up for beach volleyball to keep taking the next step in representing Vanuatu at the highest level.
“VVF is very pleased to welcome Titan FX on board in support of the goals we are trying to achieve as a small Pacific island nation on the world stage of sport – particularly women’s sport,” said Masauvakalo.
“With the annual competition calendar getting busier, a partnership like this one is invaluable to Volleyball’s success both as a team internationally and as a sporting federation, which looks to continually advocate for sports participation in the community, to promote good female role models and for active, healthy lifestyles.”