Senior women player of Linline Matauatu and long-time National beach volleyball player Henriette Iatika will take part in the Oceania Tour in Fiji from 22 nd to 23 rd of February 2019.
“After a knee injury and operation for Henriette Iatika after playing in her last FIVB World Championship in Poland in year 2014, she came back strong and fit during the beach volleyball trainings at Stade in Port Vila,” said Vanuatu Volleyball Federation (VVF) Administrator Pelagie Maho.
The 2019 Oceania Beach Volleyball Tour offers an opportunity for Pacific Countries to compete against each other in a
FIVB sanctioned event and accrue FIVB points, this will serve as a great stepping stone for those teams striving to compete on the Asian and World Tour.
“After the knee operation and settling down with my partner and my 4 beautiful children of two girls and two boys in Port Vila, I feel happy to come back to trainings and being around the senior and junior girls,” said Henriette Iatika.
“With the skills that I have it is already there but what I only need now is my fitness or being fit to be able to join the team again after 5 years break from my knee injury.”
Iatika has been going through plenty of Strength and Conditioning fitness exercise by VVF’s Strength and Condition coach Charmaine Grame, during their gym session every Tuesday and Wednesday mid-day at the Vanuatu table tennis club in Port Vila Vanuatu.
“It will be the first time for both of us to play together, since we both play in defence but with the experience that we both had gained I think we can play a good game in this upcoming tournament,” she said.
The two-day tournament will feature 12 teams in each gender competing in 4 pools of 3 before progressing to the quarterfinals.
VVF is very honoured to welcome back one of its national women players and will continue to support its players through their sport involvement and carrier.
The Fiji Volleyball and Oceania Volleyball are responsible for all cost for this event including Vanuatu Volleyball Federation in covering the Air flights.
“Our aim is to achieve a Gold and with our faith and my strong determination in getting a gold during this tournament, I am really sure me and my partner will get back our Gold Medal,” said Iatika.