September 8 2013 - The Vanuatu Women's Beach Volleyball Team as been awarded the title 'Outsanding Team of the Year' at 'The Pacific Games Council’s Annual Pacific Sports Awards' from the Pacific Games Associations where the winners were judged to have made "the most meritorious international performance/contribution" in their respective categories over the period of July 2012 until June 2013.
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Stare Jablonki, Poland, July 3, 2013 – Vanuatu’s Elwin Miller and Henriette Iatika were rewarded for finishing second in their pool by being drawn against Kristyna Kolocova and Marketa Slukova of the Czech Republic in the first elimination round at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Mazury 2013 on Thursday. Like Miller and Iatika the Czechs won two and lost one in pool play, but they did enough in the three matches to hold off the challenge of Spain’s Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan to top their pool. Read more
Stare Jablonki, June 30, 2013 – Miller Elwin and Henriette Iatika will make history on Monday when they become the first women’s team from Vanuatu and from the South Pacific to participate in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. Along with Paraguay and Thailand, Vanuatu are making their debuts in the FIVB premier beach volleyball event. Read more
The progress of the Vanuatu Team, since 2009 with a world ranking of 350 has been one of steady progress. From ranking 350 in the world, the women have climbed as high as 36 in the world.
During this period there have been some incredible achievements including gold in the 2012 FIVB Korea Challenger, gold in the AVC China Open, bronze in Vietnam Open, 9th FIVB Olympic Games Test Event in London and comfortably winning the gold at the Pacific Games in September 2011. See all results
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Currently they are within the top 48 teams in the world, but they need to continue to play in the FIVB World Tour events to improve their world ranking. The FIVB World Tour travels throughout Asia, South America and Europe for around 6 months of the year and is a pre requisite to qualification for World Championship and Olympic Games, with each event costing the Vanuatu team close to US$10 000 they are currently raising funds and seeking sponsorship.