Players Gain Life Experience on Hockey Exchange

Two Ni Vanuatu hockey players, currently living in Queensland Australia as part of a new player exchange have been given a world of opportunity, not just on the hockey field.

Two players, Hiro Namu of Wansmolbag Youth Centre and Morris Aromalo of Tanoliu, North Efate were selected to travel to Queensland to represent Casuarina Hockey Club in the Harcourts Hockey Premier League. The pair were taken in by a host family of Casuarina, who has provided them with accommodation, living expenses and much more.

The boys have been playing in both first and second division with Casuarina Hockey Club, and last weekend won both games 3-2 and 3-0 respectively. They have been coaching juniors and have attending a state tournament to assist coaching for a week. Similarly they have been able to train on the field and in the gym with host sister Maddie Fitzpatick, who recently represented Australia in the Junior World Cup in Germany and scored 7 international goals in the week long tournament.

However, experience on and around the hockey field is not the only benefits the boys are reaping from their time in Australia. Both have been given the chance to gain valuable work experience, with Morris training alongside a builder and a carpenter, Hiro working in the Host dad's office improving his administration skills, and both helping out with some odd jobs around the community, including the Casuarina Hockey clubhouse. Their English skills and confidence has improved dramatically and they have been introduced to Australian culture, visiting Currumbin Australian Wildlife Park as well theme park Warner Brothers Movie World with their host brothers and sisters.

“The boys have become a big part of our community” says host mum Margie Coleman. “The kids absolutely love them and I think we have learnt just as much from them as they have learnt being here.”

The VHF would like to thank Minster of Lands Ralph Regenvanu, Mp Gillion William and National Bank Vanuatu as well as Casuarina Hockey Club and Just Hockey Australia for their support in sending the athletes across to Australia.

The players will be attending the U.18 State championships in September, and are due to return after League finals in September. It is hoped that they will bring their new skills and knowledge to help develop hockey in communities around Vanuatu.

 




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