13 July, 2019
via Samoa 2109 Games News Service
VANUATU’S PATA BOWS OUT ON A HIGH WITH BEACH VOLLEYBALL GOLD
A year after winning women’s beach volleyball bronze at the
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, an emotional Miller Pata on Friday claimed gold for Vanuatu at Samoa 2019,
before revealing it would be her last Pacific Games.
Pata, paired with youngster Sherysyn Toko, defeated Tahiti’s
Vaihere Fareura and Emere Maau-Boutry in straight sets
(21-12, 21-18) in the gold medal match. After dominating the
first set, Vanuatu endured a far tighter contest in the second
before clinching it in scenes of joy, roared on by packed crowds
at Apia Waterfront.
“I wish my kids were here so that they could see me win this
gold medal,” said an emotional Pata, who famously carried
her seven-month-old son, Tommy, onto the podium at Gold
Vanuatu and Tahiti embrace at the end of an emotional gold medal match
(Credit: Pacific Games News Service/Karen Anaya)
“I am so happy to win this medal, and also to say that this will be my last time competing at the Pacific Games.”
Tahiti fought with all their might but it wasn’t enough to overcome a determined Pata and Toko.
“This is the second time that we have played against Vanuatu, and we lost, but we did our best,” Fareura said. “It was good to have supporters from the indoor volleyball who came down today and cheered for us, and to know that our friends and families were watching live from Tahiti.”
In the women’s bronze medal match, defending champions American Samoa defeated Solomon Islands 21-8, 21-14. American Samoa were left to contend bronze after being comfortably beaten by Vanuatu in Friday morning’s semi-finals.
3 June, 2019
Joyce Joshua spent more than eight
years as a player aiming for Olympic
involvement representing Vanuatu at
the elite level in Beach Volleyball.
This month, Joshua is continuing that
association as she attends the IOCs 59th
International Session for Young
Participants in Greece - but now as a
Sport Development Officer for the
Vanuatu Volleyball Federation.
The two-week annual forum is designed
as an introduction to Olympism and the
Olympic Movement bringing together a
large international group of young people
from all areas of Olympic involvement at
their national level.
Joshua is one of two women selected by Women and Sport Oceania (WASO) to represent the region at this exciting IOC forum.
One thing she is most looking forward to is the opportunity for her and her Fijian colleague, Lita Raydan Tavo, to promote the work and programs happening in Oceania around women in sport.
“I’m very excited - it’s my first time to Greece,” she said.
“I’m expecting to be able to work together, with my colleague from Fiji, to promote Pacific ideas.”
Meeting with the other participants and exchanging experiences and ideas is also something Joshua is excited about.
“The main thing is how to work with the other sports participants and learn new things from the workshops,” she said.
“Then take that information and come back and help by sharing it with the community I work with in the Volley4Change development program.”
In her role as an SDO, Joshua works as part of the VVF team on Santo delivering the V4C program to the local community.
“The V4C program for me is important because we work a lot with women in the community and we help them to build their confidence, their own leadership goals and engage them to socialise with other women in the community. Helping them also with how best to eat local food and have good nutrition.”
Just some of the topics being covered at this IOC session will be looking at sport, through the Olympic movement and values, as a tool for facilitating social inclusion, human rights, education and diplomacy as well as promoting an active society.
Vanuatu Volleyball heads to the Home of the Olympics
(Photo credit: Joyce Joshua)
11 June, 2019
New Sponsorship Will Help Beach Volleyball Aim for Samoa 2019 Honours and Beyond
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.”