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Provincial Secondary School Games a sucess

​August 21, 2018


​​THE Vanuatu National Provincial Secondary School Games which took place in Lamenu Stadium, Tanna was a huge success for all of the students, teachers, officials and the provinces.

Vanuatu Volleyball Federation (VVF) selected two officials from Luganville, Stanley Toa and Fredrick Lolomai, plus two other officials in Port Vila, Manuel Maki and Steve Banga Liu, and they have been very busy throughout a one-week NPSSG tournament in Tanna.

A VVF spokeswoman said they had a lot of help from some Tanna volleyball referees who refereed in some beach volleyball and indoor volleyball matches.

Sanma, Luganville, Penama, Malampa, Port Vila, Shefa, and Tafea took part in the Category A matches of indoor volleyball.

As for the Category B beach volleyball there are eight provinces including Torba and the matches were very tough.

Large crowds of people from Lenakel gathered around the volleyball playing ground and watched with interest.


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VVF signs MOU with Paralympic Committee

​August 21, 2018


​​THE Vanuatu Volleyball Federation (VVF) President Debbie Masauvakalo (above left) and Vanuatu Paralympic Committee President Margaret McFarlane signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at VASANOC HAUS today.

VVF have already met with the Pepsi Disabilities Association (PDA) in Luganville about starting a Sitting Volleyball program and also the People Living with Disabilities (PLWD) from Ambae now re-located to Santo. PLWD have more than 150 people interested in Sitting Volleyball and have offered to help with volunteers from Youth Groups but a suitable venue is still to be found.

A spokeswoman said the MOU states to not only promote the effective development of sport for the athletes with disability in Vanuatu but also seeks opportunities for joint initiatives benefitting para-athletes living with an impairment and to mainstream inclusion into integrated sporting opportunities.

The VPC works to promote Paralympic sport in Vanuatu at all levels, starting from the community (grassroots) to the international standards and also for the Para Athletics. Not only that but the VPC also aims to develop and promote sport for people living with an impairment in Vanuatu so that all have the opportunity to play para-sport at all levels.


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​U16 Beach volleyball girls win in New Caledonia​

​October 31, 2018


​​THE Vanuatu beach volleyball under 16 girls have enjoyed a big win in their finals of the Total Girl Challenge, which took place on October 22-26 in Bourail, New Caledonia.

The tournament was organised by the Comite Territorial Olympique et Sportif (CTOS) de Nouvelle Caledonie.

The two under 16 beach volleyball players Justina Garae and Chantale Wille Leow, both 14 and from Ecole Public.[Vanuatu under 16 beach volleyball players Justina Garae and Chantale Wille Leow, both 14.]
Vanuatu under 16 beach volleyball players Justina Garae and Chantale Wille Leow, both 14.

Both girls have been attending the Asco Motors programs since they were 11 years old in class 4.

On the final matches for the two girls they have put on a really tough performance as they won their finals, which saw Vanuatu beating Lifou with 2 sets to 0. Vanuatu is very fortunate to be part of this competition which involves girls from different islands in Noumea plus only Vanuatu to compete in this competition.

The beach volleyball girls were under the sponsorship of the French Ambassador in Port Vila who sponsored the girl’s trip to participate in an all-girls sport, called the Total Sport Girl Challenge in Bourail.


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Beach Volleyball looks to Youth Olympic Games

​August 31, 2018


THE Vanuatu Volleyball Federation has announced that there will be a team of beach volleyball U19 women that are qualified to compete in the Youth Olympic Game in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

From August 13-18, there were six players from the U19 pre-squad to play in the YOG and one player in senior category, who stayed in Australia for a week to train with Vanuatu’s, Australian coach Shanon Zunker.

The pre-squad of the U19 women are Luduine Tebeim, Maybell Ravo, Vicky Mansale, and Jane Andrew and from the U19 men are James Chilia and Nono Chilia. They were accompanied with their coach Joshua Toares plus a senior player that joined the team Tinning Sherysyn Toko to train towards the Asian Championship.

They not only had plenty of training from their coach Joshua Toares in Port Vila and coach Zunker in Australia, but now they are being trained by a new VVF coach from Germany, Michel Bargmann, who is in Port Vila.

The German coach is the replacement for a JICA volunteer coach who had been coaching the U19 players for the past two years in Port Vila.​​​


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Volleyball Australia workshop at Le Life Resort

​July 26, 2018


​​VANUATU Volleyball Federation (VVF) is holding a four-day workshop run by Volleyball Australia, at the Le Life Resort in North Efate.

The VVF President Debbie Masauvakalo and some of its staff were joined by Volleyball Australia and some university students plus Oxfam staff and were later joined by athletes.

Those attending the training from the Vanuatu Beach Volleyball in Santo and Port Vila are Sarai Stephens, Joyce Joshua, Stanley Toa, Primrose Malon, Pelagie Maho and Christel Homu. There were also representatives from Oxfam Vanuatu, Hockey and Athletics involved in the workshop.

Throughout the first day of the workshop the participants looked at some of the most important topics such as, Priority 1 (Governance and Administration) and Priority 2 (Participation and Development). The participants were grouped in threes and each was given a different topic to read and explain their knowledge on it.


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Volley4Change launches its program at Mango, Luganville 
February 19, 2016


Volley4Change launched its program on 17 February in Luganville Santo, with a group of about 24 enthusiastic women from the Mango community.  The program started with Volleyball training provided by two coaches, Rosendale Mata and Stanley Toa.  


The Mango Women’s Committee were keen join this program to improve the self-worth of many of their young mothers.  Mango is also where the grandmothers of current National Beach Volleyball Champions, Miller Pata and Linline Mansale, are residing.  They are so proud of these young role models and are hoping that participating in the V4C program will help ensure that more young mothers from their community will aspire to live healthier lives.


During the program, participants will attend Volleyball training, fitness sessions, Nutrition Awareness Classes conducted by the nutritionist from Northern District Hospital (NDH), Lawrence Nimoho and basic Health checks provided by nurses from the NDH.  In response eight participants from Mango decided to donate blood to the NDH blood bank.  


Volley4Change is a program implemented by Vanuatu Volleyball Federation (VVF) and supported by the Pacific Sports Partnership (PSP), Australia’s DFAT, Australia Volleyball Federation (AVF) and Oceania Zonal Volleyball Association (OZVA).  


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​Vanuatu beaten at Asian Beach Volley Champs​

​September 27, 2018


VANUATU is out of title contention after losing both their pool matches at the Asian Beach Volleyball Championships.

The new-look Vanuatu team of Miller Pata and Sheresyn Toko were seeded 22nd in the women’s draw in Thailand’s Satun Province.

Vanuatu lost their first match on Tuesday, 21-17, 21-18, against the 11th seeds from Australia, Nicole Laird and Brittany Kendall.

On Wednesday Pata and Toko were outclassed 21-13 21-14 by the 5th seeds, Rumpaipruet Numwong And Tanarattha Udomchavee of Thailand.

The round of 16 was scheduled to begin today however the tournament has been postponed for one week because of heavy rain and thunderstorms.


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Volley4Change connects with communities on Father Lini Day
February 25, 2016


Volley4Change (V4C) used a mixed tournament on Father Lini Day, to connect with various communities in Luganville.  The tournament was set up to help get across key messages about the V4C program, like the increasing health challenges faced by communities through NCDs and how V4C with its partners could help them make changes[U1]  to help reduce NCDs in their communities.


  The aim of forming a V4C league was also shared, for the purpose of helping our women and youth remain physically active once the program moves to another community.

The first & second prize went to two teams from Chapius - Tambea and Frangipani respectively while the third prize was won by Mango.  V4C thanks all the teams for the commitment they all made to take part in this Tournament and looks forward to more positive connections in the future. 


V4C is also very grateful for the support it receives from VVF, the Pacific Sports Partnership (PSP), Australia’s DFAT, Australia Volleyball Federation (AVF) and Oceania Zonal Volleyball Association (OZVA).  The funding and expertise received from these organizations made this tournament a reality.


Vanuatu volleyball aiming to benefit from Bergmann coaching

November 8, 2018


​​THE Vanuatu Volleyball Federation has recently enjoyed three months coaching support from FIVB coach Michel Bergmann.

The German represented his nation at volleyball for six years before he moved outdoors and played for four years on the German Beach Volleyball Tour.

He was appointed as a coaching support to Vanuatu under Projects Platform 2017. The Projects Platform enables National Federation countries to benefit from the help of skilled coaches with their salaries and transport paid for by the FIVB.

Bergmann helped develop a schools programme that featured 120 students training for two hours a week at U14, U16 and U18 age grade. He also worked with local coaches, and offered support and the benefit of his experience to introduce new skill and technique training drills. However, he identified the need to bridge the gap between age-grade and senior players.


Follow Link :https://vanuatuindependent.com/2018/11/07/vanuatu-volleyball-aiming-benefit-bergmann-coaching/

​U19 Beach volleyball Players arrival from "U19 World Championship" in Nanjing China.

July 19, 2018


The Vanuatu Volleyball Federation (VVF) has welcomed back the U19 beach volleyball players from their long trip competing in the U19 World Championship in Nanjing, China.

Under 19 men players, Nono Chilia and James Chilia, lost two matches but won their other match against Bolivia with a score of 2-0. The men’s team competed in the U19 World Championship in Nanjing China against Russia, Bolivia, and New Zealand.

The men’s team played in Pool G and in the match against Bolivia, and in Set 1 they won by 21-18 and set 2 they won by the score of 21-14.

As for the women’s team of Luduine Tebeim and Maybel Ravo, in their first match in the qualification event they lost and were eliminated on the spot. The women however are still qualified for the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, which will take place in October 2018.ur paragraph here.


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Volley4Change in Solway- Narara Community, Luganville 
25 February, 2015

Volley4Change (V4C) launched its program with a third community in Santo on 24 February in Luganville when a group of about 24 women, men and youth from Solway-Narara came together to improve existing volleyball skills and gain new ones from Coach Stanley Toa.


The women from Solway-Narara have chosen to include a small group of males in their program because they believe it gives their youth healthy alternatives to anti-social behavior like drinking too much kava or alcohol, smoking marijuana or criminal activities. They also believe that playing volleyball together as a community helps men learn to respect and value the women in their community.

In addition to the volleyball fitness training, the Solway-Narara participants also had basic health screening conducted by staff from the NDH and are arrangements to voluntarily donate blood to the NDH Blood Bank.

We acknowledge the support provided by VVF, the Pacific Sports Partnership (PSP), Australia’s DFAT, Australia Volleyball Federation (AVF) and Oceania Zonal Volleyball Association (OZVA).  Without their support and additional partnerships, our participants would not have access to expertise to help them make better choices for their community’s health.
 


​P&O support volleyball girls’ bid for Tokyo​​

September 26​, 2018


P&O Pacific Partnership has committed to supporting the Vanuatu women’s beach volleyball team in its quest to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

A VVF spokeswoman said the team encouraged by its bronze medal win at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Support from the Partnership, which is funded by voluntary contributions from P&O Cruises’ passengers, will help the team’s new pairing, Miller Pata and Shersyn Toko, to compete in international events to meet tough qualifying requirements.

P&O Cruises, Australia’s home-grown cruise line which has been cruising to the South Pacific for more than 85 years, supported the Vanuatu team with accommodation costs outside the official athletes’ village during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Miller, who won the bronze in partnership with Linline Matauatu, was unable to stay in the village because she was nursing her son, seven-month old Tommy, as she campaigned for Vanuatu’s first team Commonwealth Games medal.

P&O Cruises also flew a contingent of Ni-Vanuatu crew members from Pacific Aria to be courtside on the Gold Coast to cheer on the Vanuatu duo during the exciting and highly competitive medal series.

Vanuatu had earlier narrowly missed out on selection for the Rio Olympics Games in 2016. Miller and Shersyn are currently competing in Asia on a mission to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games.


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​Santo tourism business owner backs V4C

​September 5 2018


THE Volley4change program run in Luganville, Santo on Tuesday had a huge help from the owner of Santo tourism business Heritage Tours (above).

V4C has been conducting its volleyball program in various Luganville communities since 2015 but every time they asked communities to invite People Living With Disabilities (PLWD) to attend programs, for some reason none ever attended.  It was therefore decided to conduct a V4C program just with PLWD participants.

To do so it would need of transportation and Volley4Change (V4C) needed a partner to sponsor transport for participants from Pepsi Disabilities Association (PDA), so they decided to approach Santo Heritage Tours owner, Timmy Rovu, instead of contacting the usual business houses.

“We decided to conduct our first Sitting Volleyball V4C program with Pepsi Disabilities Association (PDA), which was formed in May this year,” said V4C Program Development Manager Sarai Stephens.

[Volley4Change for disabled in Santo_2] “We also decided that combining participants from PDA with the PLWD group here from Ambae would be beneficial for both groups and include a larger group of participants. This came as a result of us attending the Gender and Protection Workshop conducted by Care Vanuatu and Save the Children. A request came from the G & P Cluster to run some activities with the group at the wharf terminal.”

Mr Rovu willingly agreed to sponsor transport.


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OSEP Educator Course in Fiji

​July 18, 2018


​The Vanuatu Volleyball Federation (VVF) staff in Santo have been selected to take part in a five-day educator and master educator course in Fiji, from July 17- 21.

According to OSEP Website the Oceania Sport Education Program (OSEP) is a partnership between the Australian Sport Commission (ASC), Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) and the Organisation of Sport Federations in Oceania (OSFO).

One of VVF representatives attending the course, Sarai Stephens, said that she had never attended a master educator course with the OSEP.

“The OSEP training is for both administrators and coaches,’’ she said.


“Now that there are more of us becoming qualified in OSEP, I feel confident that we will be able to offer a more complete training package when we return to run more OSEP courses our communities here in Vanuatu. We are hoping to run these OSEP courses in SANMA, Malekula and any other provinces as we source funding to conduct these programs," said Sarai Stephens


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​Corporate Volleyball round 2 on Thursday


​September 19, 2018

​THE Vanuatu Volleyball Federation together with Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) is hosting the TVL Corporate Volleyball Wellness Shield second round matches on Thursday.

A VVF spokeswoman said there was a very good turn up from the business houses and government offices that played in last week’s competition and now they are looking forward to the second round matches, which will be held tomorrow at the beach volleyball court at Stade.

She said in this competition there will be no third place prizes.

It will be a double elimination and the overall teams that are participating in the tournaments are, Daily Post, AVL 1 and AVL 2, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, TRR 1 and TRR 2, Holiday Inn, Air Vanuatu, Office Pub, VNPF, Chuan Store 1 and Chuan store 2, ANZ, Bred bank 1 and Bred bank 2, Unelco 1 and Unelco 2, Wilco, OGCIO 1 and OGCIO 2, Cocomo Resort and Western Union, Police 1 and Police 2, VFSC, Chantilly’s, RBV, TVL and VBTC.

Last week’s tournament showed some very tough competitors from different organisations and businesses as they put on some interesting matches.


Follow Link :https://vanuatuindependent.com/2018/09/19/corporate-volleyball-round-2-thursday/

U19 Beach volleyball players welcomed home

​July 19, 2018


THE Vanuatu Volleyball Federation (VVF) has welcomed back the U19 beach volleyball players from their long trip competing in the U19 World Championship in Nanjing, China.

Under 19 men players, Nono Chilia and James Chilia, lost two matches but won their other match against Bolivia with a score of 2-0. The men’s team competed in the U19 World Championship in Nanjing China against Russia, Bolivia, and New Zealand.

The men’s team played in Pool G and in the match against Bolivia, and in Set 1 they won by 21-18 and set 2 they won by the score of 21-14.

As for the women’s team of Luduine Tebeim and Maybel Ravo, in their first match in the qualification event they lost and were eliminated on the spot. The women however are still qualified for the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, which will take place in October 2018.

The VVF President Debbie Masauvakalo, with the company of some of its staff, were not the only ones who were at the Vanuatu International Airport to welcome the players home. They were also greeted by their loved ones and their families at the airport.


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Volleyball Australia holds Workshop at Le Life Resort
July 25, 2018


​​VANUATU Volleyball Federation (VVF) is holding a four-day workshop run by Volleyball Australia, at the Le Life Resort in North Efate.

The VVF President Debbie Masauvakalo and some of its staff were joined by Volleyball Australia and some university students plus Oxfam staff and were later joined by athletes.

Those attending the training from the Vanuatu Beach Volleyball in Santo and Port Vila are Sarai Stephens, Joyce Joshua, Stanley Toa, Primrose Malon, Pelagie Maho and Christel Homu. There were also representatives from Oxfam Vanuatu, Hockey and Athletics involved in the workshop.

Throughout the first day of the workshop the participants looked at some of the most important topics such as, Priority 1 (Governance and Administration) and Priority 2 (Participation and Development). The participants were grouped in threes and each was given a different topic to read and explain their knowledge on it.


Follow Link: ​https://vanuatuindependent.com/2018/07/26/volleyball-australia-workshop-le-life-resort/