23 Mar 2015

Sport: Vanuatu volleyballers to resume training after Pam

12:00 pm on 23 March 2015

Vanuatu beach volleyball duo Miller Pata and Linline Mansale hope to resume training this week after Cyclone Pam devastated their homes and affected their preparations for the World Cup in June.

Mansale's house was destroyed in the category five cyclone while Pata lost the front of her home.

Vanuatu beach volleyball players Miller Pata and Linline Mansale

Vanuatu beach volleyball players Miller Pata and Linline Mansale Photo: Vanuatu Volleyball

They're were unable to train last week, as they helped with the clean-up, while fortunately their training courts in Port Vila escaped largely unscathed.

The President of the Vanuatu Volleyball Federation, Debbie Masaufakalo, says they're grateful to Volleyball Australia and Oceania, who have set up a fundraising page to support them.

"They've started up an online campaign which you can access through the Vanuatu Beach Volleyball Facebook page. We're just trying to raise some money and get the girls houses in order before they go away because you've got to remember the girls have also got young children. These young children don't have a house to live in at the moment. We're just trying to get everything sorted, get them back on their feet and get them back on the World Tour and get through this tough time".

Miller Pata and Linline Mansale are due to play tournaments in Vietnam, Thailand and China over the coming month as they continue preparations for the World Cup.