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Vanuatu Beach Volleyball – Win Outstanding Pacific Team & Coach of the Year

Miller Elwin and Henriette Iatika lost to eventual champions Chen Xue and Xi Zhang of China in the Round of 16 at this year’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Stare Jablonki
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 8, 2013 - The Pacific Games Council’s Annual Pacific Sports Awards were presented at the PGC General Assembly on Sunday to the 2012/13 outstanding Pacific sports people. Nominations were received from Pacific Games Associations and the winners were judged to have made "the most meritorious international performance/contribution" in their respective categories over the period July 1, 2012 until June 30, 2013.

The PGC Executive Board forms a panel of seven judges each year from amongst the PGC member countries. Each PGA lodges a submission with a description of the nominee’s achievements, and then the judges decide by secret ballot. “The Vanuatu women beach volleyball team for the second consecutive year won convincingly ‘Outstanding Team of the Year’ against the other nominee” - said Andrew Minogue Executive Director of the Pacific Games Council.

Miller Elwin and Henriette Iatika reached the Round of 16 at this year’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Stare Jablonki and have performed regularly on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.

The Vanuatu women beach volleyball coach, Lauren McLeod won ‘Outstanding Coach of the Year’. Lauren’s direction, planning, enthusiasm, commitment and hard work has not only helped to build world ranking athletes but she has also mentored and trained several local coaches to continue with the program for many years to come.

The following winners of the 2012/13 Pacific Sports Awards:
Outstanding Sports Administrator of the Year - Lilian Amasa (Weightlifting, Fiji)
Outstanding Coach of the Year - Lauren McLeod (Beach Volleyball, Vanuatu)
Outstanding Technical Official of the Year - Frank Robby (Weightlifting, Papua New Guinea)
Outstanding Junior Athlete of the Year - Matelita Buadromo (Swimming, Fiji)
Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year - Toea Wisil (Athletics, Papua New Guinea)
Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year - Iliesa Delana (Para-Sport Athletics, Fiji)
Outstanding Team of the Year - Vanuatu Women's Beach Volleyball Team

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