A Table Tennis Umpire from Vanuatu, Pareina Matariki, has been awarded an International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)-Oceania Umpire short term Scholarships. Matariki is from Emae Island.
This was announced in a letter send from ITTF-Oceana to VTTF.
The Umpire scholarship aims to assist the transition of umpires from community level to high performance.
According to the letter, the scholarship is worth AU$ 1,000. It covers airfares, accommodation and meals.
Matariki will be traveling to Australia to undertake the scholarship in Gold Coast from March 15 to 19. She will receive a per diem for five days of competition for all expenses.
Vanuatu Table Tennis Player, Annoline Lulu, said this is the first time for a VTTF technical official to be awarded with a scholarship.
Matariki was an umpire during the Van2017 Pacific Mini-Games and will likely participate during the Oceania Championship on March this year, said Lulu.
“This is a big achievement for VTTF because we never have umpires and never receive such scholarships. This has now open the door for us.
“We are happy for ITTF-Oceania choosing us (VTTF) to be umpire in the Oceania Championship. It was possible through the mini games we gain recognition and now technical officials and volunteers,” she said.
Van2017 Pacific Mini-Games Table Tennis Competition was the first regional event for Vanuatu to organize. This was a very huge achievement for VTFF, said Lulu.
Over the past years VTTF only has players. After the game it now expanded to include umpires, technical officials and volunteers. VTFF now has more than 10 umpires