Vanuatu’s senior beach volleyball champion women of Miller Pata and her new partner Shersyn Toko will be travelling to compete in the Oceania Championship Games in Tahiti on the 15th to 21st of December 2018.

The two Vanuatu beach volleyball senior girls will be travelling to Tahiti after the invitation send to VVF by Federation Tahitienne de Volleyball with their coach Joshua Toares on this trip, the team will be transiting in New Zealand where they will be spending a day training in Auckland before the Oceania Championship.

Vanuatu is not the only country participating in this upcoming tournament but also there will be other Oceania nations including Australia, New Zealand, PNG, New Caledonia, Tahiti too that will be competing at that tournament.

“One thing that I keep telling myself is that I can do it and that I have to be strong in my trainings so that I can achieve what I am working hard towards, said Miller Pata.

Miller continued to say that as Sherysyn her new partner, in bigger competition that they will now be travelling together it will be a huge benefit for Shersyn to gain more experience out of it.

“Sherysyn is still young and new to some of the hard trainings and competition but as her partner and friend I always encourage her to train hard and play strong, in each tournament plus eat the right kind of food that would help and give her the energy to train, said Pata.

Beach volleyball player 1 Miller Pata has been a long-time feature on the FIVB World Tour, and recently won bronze at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Player 2 Toko on the other hand made her FIVB World Tour debut at the Qinzhou 3-Star tournament in October 2018.

VVF spokes women, Christel Homu said that both of the players have been very committed to their trainings and have put a lot of effort too when they are inside the court during their trainings. Also, if they win this upcoming Oceania Championship it will be 3rd time in a row for team Vanuatu.

After travelling to at least 6 countries so far Vanuatu beach volleyball coach Joshua Toares said that this will be his first time travelling to Tahiti with the women beach volleyball team.

“The qualities that makes a good athlete is through their attitude, performance, commitment through training and competition. When an athlete commit to their trainings they stayed focused to their game, said Coach Toares.”

The Vanuatu national women’s beach volleyball team is supported by Air Vanuatu, VASANOC, FIVB, Carbine Club of Vanuatu and P&O Cruises.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor


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