Beach volleyball looks to Youth Olympic Games

THE Vanuatu Volleyball Federation has announced that there will be a team of beach volleyball U19 women that are qualified to compete in the Youth Olympic Game in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

From August 13-18, there were six players from the U19 pre-squad to play in the YOG and one player in senior category, who stayed in Australia for a week to train with Vanuatu’s, Australian coach Shanon Zunker.

The pre-squad of the U19 women are Luduine Tebeim, Maybell Ravo, Vicky Mansale, and Jane Andrew and from the U19 men are James Chilia and Nono Chilia. They were accompanied with their coach Joshua Toares plus a senior player that joined the team Tinning Sherysyn Toko to train towards the Asian Championship.

They not only had plenty of training from their coach Joshua Toares in Port Vila and coach Zunker in Australia, but now they are being trained by a new VVF coach from Germany, Michel Bargmann, who is in Port Vila.

The German coach is the replacement for a JICA volunteer coach who had been coaching the U19 players for the past two years in Port Vila.

“The U19 Juniors and the senior beach volleyball players in their trainings with coach Shanon, I see that they have improved a lot in their spiking, footwork and passing and setting plus a bit on Defence,”

said Coach Joshua.

A spokeswoman for beach volleyball said that with their full time commitment to their training in Australia, it shows some big improvement on some of the areas that they are lacking on but other than that these girls are physically fit. And they have returned back from Australia to continue their training with Coach Bargmann.

The final names of the selected U19 beach volleyball players that will be selected to play in the Youth Olympic Games, will be announced later along the following week by the VVF.

Source: Independent Vanuatu


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