Vanuatu Name Commonwealth Games Team
The Vanuatu Team to travel to the Commonwealth Games has been named.
A total of 18 athletes have been selected and will compete in four sports at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Having been so solid in the Pacific Mini Games in December, Vanuatu will be looking to claim a first ever medal, fielding its strongest team for years with the likes of Miller Pata & Linline Matauatu, Yoshua Shing and Simon Charley all having impressed in the build up to the Games.
Beginning with potentially our biggest hope, and certainly the name on the fans lips at the moment, is that of young Simon Charley whose success abroad has earned him serious accolades as Oceania`s champion long distance runner. Charley lines up alongside fellow track star and Pacific Mini Games Gold medallist Valentine Hello, with Roslyn Nalin and Bradley Toa rounding out the line-up for the track events.
Jack Nasawa also enters the fray for the first time as Vanuatu’s only field athlete, competing in Javelin.
Meanwhile, Yoshua Shing will lead a strong Table Tennis team which includes Anolyn Lulu, Priscilla Tommy, Stephanie Qwea and Ham Lulu, all of whom picked up medals at Van2017 and all of whom will be eagerly awaiting the shot at becoming Vanuatu`s first ever Commonwealth Games medal winner.
Boe Warawara heads the boxing contingent and having proven himself at the Olympics and on the international stage, will surely be one to watch in the 56kg division, especially since coming off a fairly convincing Gold at the Pacific Mini Games. Fellow boxers Berry Namri (49kg) and Gilli Kalai (52kg) join Warawara as the other members of the Vanuatu Boxing squad.
Vanuatu`s Beach Volleyball queens, Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu will also battle it out for a medal. Having come off a build-up which has included a strong showing at the Queensland Beach Volleyball Open and Gold at the Pacific Mini Games, the pair are in fine form and look ready to cause an upset on the Gold Coast in April.
For the first time, Vanuatu will also be sending three female para-athletes who have qualified for the Games and will be competing in Athletics. Marceline Moli and Friana Kwevira will both be competing in the Women's F46 Javelin and Dephnny Naliupis will be competing in the Women's T35 100m Sprint.
James Malau, General Team Manager, is excited about the prospects for Team Vanuatu on this big stage.
“Following the recent participation in the Pacific Mini Games we are looking forward to a very good result in comparison to our previous Commonwealth Games exploits,” he said.
Vanuatu Chef de Mission, Mike Masaufakalo, added he also had a strong belief in the team's potential.
"The team has prepared well for the Games and its showing through the results in all the other preparatory events the athletes are currently a part of. I strongly believe that we will do better in this Games. Getting a medal at this Games will be the cream of the cake for Team Vanuatu and the people of Vanuatu."
The games commence on the 4th of April.
ATHLETICS: Simon Charley, Bradley Toa, Roslyn Nalin, Jack Nasawa, Valentine Hello
TABLE TENNIS: Anolyn Flyn Lulu, Priscilla Flyne Tommy, Stephanie Qwea, Ham Frexly Lulu, Yoshua Shing
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Miller Pata, Linline Matauatu
BOXING: Boe Warawara, Berry Namri, Gill Kalai
PARA-ATHLETES: Friana Kwevira, Marcelline Moli, Dephney Naliupis