9 Jul 2013

Sport: Vanuatu Volleyball says more funds needed

10:29 am on 9 July 2013

The President of the Vanuatu Volleyball Federation, Debbie Masaufakalo, says the country's exploits at the World Championships in Poland were beyond their wildest dreams, but warns more funding is needed for such successes to continue.

The pairing of Miller Elwin and Henriette Iatika finished in a share of ninth at the 48 team event, a run that was only ended by the eventual champions from China.

Debbie Masaufakalo says the girls performances in Poland proves that, if they'd had the financial support and been able to attend more events to qualify, they would definitely have made it to last year's London Olympics.

The next major goal is the 2016 Games in Brazil, but Masaufakalo says the Road to Rio can't begin until they get some supporters on board.

"Unless we can find some support and some sponsors then unfortunately our programme will just have to be staying at home for the time being, because it's just been such a huge struggle just to get to these events. One airfare to get to Europe is five thousand Australian dollars and you times that by four it's twenty thousand dollars. That's a lot of money to have to raise when you don't have the support."

The Vanuatu team arrives back in Port Vila on Wednesday.