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Miller Pata started her career with nothing but ambition. Representing the island of Vanuatu, she broke through the ranks of the world’s elite beach volleyball athletes to make a name for herself in the sport.

Through hard work and determination, Pata made her athletic dreams come true, championing resilience and the place of women in sport in her country.

“The hardest of all challenges has been the cultural adjustment. I am forced to leave behind my children and step out of the traditional role of a mother and a wife. Women in Vanuatu find it hard to break these cultural norms, but I have done it by pushing through many struggles and pain.

“I am helping to change the society’s views on women and more importantly leading the way for more Vanuatu women to follow their dreams, no matter how big the challenge is.

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