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The Green Legacy of the Games

On Wednesday January 10, Van2017 in conjunction with the Government of Vanuatu provided some unused biodegradable products to the food vendors at the Mamas Market in Port Vila. On hand from the Government of Vanuatu was Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu. The Government of Vanuatu recently announced a ban on single use plastic bags in Vanuatu that will be introduced in 2018. By June of this year, Styrofoam takeaway boxes and plastic bags will be banned. As Minister Regenvanu announced—this is a move that will help protect the environment in Vanuatu for future generations. The Minister highlighted that the products that Van2017 provided today breakdown and disappear in the landfill within 90 days and are made of bamboo, whereas Styrofoam containers last for years and are made from oil. As part of the 2017 Pacific Mini Games initiatives, Van2017 took steps very early to provide a “Greener Games”. Van2017 did ban the use of plastic bags as well as styrofoam cartons at the venues, and purchased certified biodegradable products to be used for the serving of the approximately 110,000 meals consumed during the Games. Also, in partnership with Platinum sponsor – Vanuatu Natural Azure Pure Water, a recycling program for plastic water bottles was instituted. Additionally the Champions Program that was initiated by Van2017 and delivered to over 50,000 primary students in Vanuatu featured a curriculum on caring...

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Van2017 Staff Ready to Go—Again!!!

As Van2017 continues wrapping up the 2017 Pacific Mini Games accounts, a large number of the Van2017 staff is now looking for another opportunity. Of the 135 people on staff at peak, in excess of 100 have now finished their tasks, with another 15 finishing within the next week. The remaining staff will be on for a couple of months closing out all accounts, finalizing asset handover, and some working with the Government of Vanuatu on operational planning for Korman complex. CEO of Van2017 Clint Flood said that much of the success of the Games can rest squarely on...

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Vila Central Hospital receives Games dividend

Van2017 is very pleased that last week, almost a container load of dried goods and frozen meats was provided to and for the benefit of the Vila Central Hospital. “It was great for the hospital to benefit from the Games and use some of the products that were not fully consumed during the Games,” said CEO of Van2017, Clint Flood . These were items that Pacific Catering had purchased under their contract to provide the athlete meals, and a provision in the contract allowed Van2017 to donate any unused products. Pacific Catering provided 50,000 athlete meals at the convention...

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Memorable Games: O’Connor

Team Fiji Chef de Mission Wayne O’Connor credited all their athletes and officials for making the 2017 Pacific Mini Games a memorable one. “We had a memorable time, we could not have asked for anything better and credit to all members of Team Fiji,” O’Connor said. He said everything turned out well in terms of transportation, accommodation and meals. O’Connor commended the Games Committee and all the people of Vanuatu for ensuring that their stay was a memorable one. “We will go away with wonderful memories of the fantastic 2017 Vanuatu Pacific Mini Games.” All he hoped for was for their sporting federations to continue developing their young athletes for the future. “Despite experiencing some minor hiccups, I would say it was indeed a memorable Games for all the members of Team Fiji,” he said. Team Fiji athletes enjoyed their time out yesterday and return today. Story by Fiji Sun Photo by Van...

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Fun in the Sand shows Sport is for All

  Beach Volleyball centre court at the Korman Complex was lit up on Friday afternoon witha couple of fun gameswhich featured the Vanuatu Para athletes, who have this past week competed in the 2017 Pacific Mini Games, and the beautiful mamas from the villages of Mele and Eratap on Efate. These exhibition matches were a part of the Volley4Change program which is set on promoting inclusion not just in volleyball but in all other sports as well. A group of shy Para-athletes entered the court to start off the first match but after a few passes, serves and laughs everyone came out of their shells and played fun volleyball. As the game went on, both teams displayed talent and held long rallies which earned cheers of support and admiration from the crowd. Jessica Richardson, the Sports Disability Inclusion Officer with VASANOC said that this exhibition match was about showcasing the opportunities available in beach volleyball for people with a disability. “There are Para-volleyball competitions available and this is an avenue for Vanuatu Beach Volleyball and Vanuatu Paralympic Committee to explore,” said Richardson. “It was all about having fun but also getting the message out that volleyball can be inclusive for all members of the community through their Volley4Change program.” At the end of the match, everyone was all smiles and Richardson highlighted that all the Para-athletes who participated did...

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Being Dual Nationals an Honour for Female Cricketers

Netball has been the centre of attention during the second week of the Pacific Mini Games because it is a discipline that celebrates the strength and athleticism of women in sport. This year, netball featured some outstanding athletes in the Van2017 games along with two dual national athletes from Vanuatu. Meriel Kenni and Selina Solman are both Vanuatu National cricketers who have now made their debut in the National Netball team making them two of the few athletes from Vanuatu who are dual national sport representatives. Both women, who are of Tannese descent, hold leadership roles in the two respective sports with Solman as the captain of the National Women’s cricket team and Kenni as the National Netball captain. Kennihas led the netball team into this Games which has proven to be a challenge as they faced off against some of the more highly ranked netball teams in the Pacific. Team Vanuatu lost all its matches but not without a fight and Kenni said that she could not be more proud of the team because all the women played to the best of their abilities. “Vanuatu has never been this strong before in netball and it has been an honour to captain the girls who fought really well in every single game,” said Kenni. Solman, understanding the pressures of being the captain was very supportive of Kenni and said...

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Parade Closing Ceremony

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Volunteers Parade Closing Ceremony – Day 11

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Football New Caledonia vs Fiji Day 11

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Football Vanuatu vs Solomon Day 11

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Vanuatu Men win gold medal in football

For the first time in Vanuatu football history Vanuatu has the won gold medal in the South Pacific Mini Games, in the Finals today with Solomon Islands at Port Vila Stadium. Over thousand people were at the stadium to cheer for team Vanuatu, Men, Women, youth and Children. During t the first half of the Match Bong Kalo made a good set up for Kency Tangis and he score in the25th minute, in 2 minutes Benjiman Totori Scored the first point for Solomon Islands in 27 minutes, equalizing. Elkington Molivakarua score second goals for Vanuatu in the 41st minute and Team Captain Hendry Fa’arodo score second goals for Solomon Islands in 45 minutes. Team Vanuatu played a strong game against Solomon Islands, in the second half after Bong Kalo made the team’s hat trick scoring the 3rd goal for Vanuatu. Speaking to one of the Vanuatu Players, Kency Tangis said he is very happy to score the first Point for team Vanuatu. ‘’ I was so excited to score first point, it is the open gateway to win a gold. This point goes especially to my families who came and support me today,” he said. ‘’ The performance of the boys is good but they just need to improve small mistakes, I was so proud because the majority of the boys are young Players and they did well, and...

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Top Male and Female Athlete VAN2017

Vanuatu’s YoshuaShing (table tennis) and Sharon Firisua of the Solomon Islands (athletics) have the won Best Male and Female Awards at the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The panel of judges chose Shing who won four gold medals in the four events he competed in and Firisua won three gold medals in the 10kilometres, 5 kilometres and the half-marathon ahead of other strong contenders. The awards for Young Male and Female went to Clement Mainguy of Vanuatu (tennis) and Fiji’s Eileen Cikamatana (weightlifting). 14-year-old Mainguy helped his team win gold while Cikamatana won three gold in her weight category and also set new Commonwealth and Oceania records in weightlifting. Sports Administrator of the Games went to New Caledonia’s Brigitte Delaveuve for being the first women Chef de Mission from her country and New Caledonia topping the medal hauls at VAN2017. Coach of the Games was won by New Caledonia’s Gregory Panne (karate) whose team won 14 of the 16 gold medals on offer. Samoa’s rugby 7s coach Stephen Betham also had strong mention in this category for beating favourites Fiji in the final. Norfolk’s Geoff Gardiner nominated by Palau won the Technical Official’s award for his outstanding work in athletics. The New Caledonia female golf’s team that scooped the gold medal won the Team of the Games Award. The team was made of all juniors. The...

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