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Ms Friana Kwevira was congratulated on being the recipient of the Oceania Athlete’s Para-Athlete of 2018 in a meeting between the Ministry/Department of Youth and Sports, Sport Commission, VASANOC and National Sport Federations on Wednesday, 20 March.

This is the first-time a Para-Athlete from Vanuatu has been recognized this way.

The presentation of the Award was done by Minister of Youth and Sports, Simeon Seule and Mr Geoff Gardner , President of Oceania Athletics Association.

The meeting at the VASANOC Haus also congratulated Vanuatu Volleyball Federation (VVF) for being awarded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Women In Sport Award for the Oceania region.

This is the first time a National Federation in Vanuatu has been recognized by the IOC this way. The presentation of the Award was done by the IOC to Mrs Debbie Masauvakalo, President of VVF in New York, USA.

The Ni-Vanuatu medalists of the Special Olympic Games currently underway in Abu Dhabi were also congratulated during the same meeting.

This is the first-time Vanuatu athletes have won medals in these Games.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor

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