Ready for Sitting volleyball actions later this month

Sitting volleyball training earlier this month. Photo: VVF

The Sitting Volleyball Para Independence Championships will be held on June 24.

In celebration of Vanuatu’s 40th Anniversary of independence, at the newly completed National Fitness and Evacuation Centre in Port Vila.

Partnering with VASANOC, the Vanuatu Paralympic Committee and the Vanuatu Table Tennis Federation, in association with the Smash Down Barriers table tennis sport for development program, Vanuatu Volleyball Federation (VVF) under its Volley4Change program will join in a day of competition which underlines sport as an inclusive activity for people with disabilities.

Amid their ongoing beach volleyball training schedule, players from the national squad, alongside VVF coaches, will help to deliver the training, spending each Tuesday at Wan Smolbag and each Wednesday at the Vanuatu Society for People with Disabilities conducting the Sitting Volleyball sessions for all those interested in participating over the next three weeks.

The sessions will also build on the Sitting Volleyball initiative started late last year when VVF, a member of World ParaVolley, delivered a successful coaching course in both Port Vila and Luganville in partnership with Asia Oceania ParaVolley, igniting a keen interest in the sport in both communities.

Learn more about Sitting volleyball

It requires a smaller court (10m x 6m) and a lower net, and the game is considerably faster than standing volleyball. It’s played in a best-of-five set format, and the first to reach 25 points (with at least a 2-point lead) wins the game.

Teams consist of mixed classes in male and female events, with six on the court at a time. At all times, an athletes’ pelvis must be touching the ground, and service blocks are allowed.

At the London 2012 Games, 198 athletes competed in the sport.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to develop sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

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