3 Apr 2014

Sport: New Vanuatu coach looking for dream start

12:04 pm on 3 April 2014

Vanuatu beach volleyball coach Jason Lochhead says qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games in August would mark a perfect start to his new role.

The ex World Tour regular has replaced Lauren McLeod in charge of the Vanuatu programme.

He's in Thailand with the Vanuatu boys team who are vying for one of six places at the Youth Olympics in August in Nanjing, China.

"Hopefully I don't really know what the competition is like for the Youth Olympics but hopefully we can get the boys in which will be a huge start for the boys programme. Then for the girls the first two are Asian event Tours and we will definitely be trying to win those and then two World Tour events and two tops will be our aim for that."

The Youth Olympic qualifier begins on Thursday with the elite women's pairing of Henriette Iatika and Miller Pata in action from next week.