Vanuatu under 19 men and women players are in good shape and are ready to compete in the U 19 world championship, which will take place on the month of July in Nanjing, China.

After playing in the Oceania Youth Olympic Games qualification event in Canberra, Australia from the 1st to 3rd March 2018, James Chilia and Nono Chilia have won third place with a Bronze Medal which made them qualify for the world championship in China.

The men team of Nono Chilia and James Chilia will be playing in the main draw tournament, as for the women team of Luduine Tebeim and Maybel Ravo will be playing in the Quarter finals (Qualification Event) on the 9th July, the top winning 4 teams from the single elimination qualification event will advance into the Main Draw top 32 team event beginning on the 10th July.

As for the players of Nono Chilia and James Chilia in their upcoming match in the Main Draw, it would be their last chance into qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.

If the boys come 15th or 18th in their matches they will be qualified to play in the Buenos Aires, and from there they will know what team they would play against in the Youth Olympic Games in October 2018.

For Luduine Tebeim and Maybel Ravo they are already qualified for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, in Argentina which they’ll be playing in the qualification event.

Vanuatu’s Coach Shanon have flown in from Australia on Sunday 13th of May 2018 and have been cooperating with the players and giving them advices, skilful method of handling the ball and encouraging the under 19 teams of men and women .

Coach Shanon has put a lot of time in coaching these players on his visit to Port Vila on May, also the players try with all their might to make every effort they put into their trainings a worthwhile and also to proof the best out of their ability.

The players and assistant coach Joshua Toares will all fly out on the 4th July to Brisbane to train a few days with head coach Shanon on the Gold Coast. The FIVB U19 Championships starts on the 9th July. The team is proudly supported by VASANOC, Air Vanuatu and Project Clothing.

Vanuatu is the only Pacific country competing in the U19 FIVB World Championship, joining Australia and New Zealand from Oceania.

Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province in eastern China and has a prominent place in Chinese history and culture, having been the capital of China on several occasions. Its present name means “Southern Capital”.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor


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