21 Mar 2015

Sport: Vanuatu volleyball pair affected by Pam

12:03 pm on 21 March 2015

Vanuatu's preparations for the Beach Volleyball World Cup has been severely affected by the devastation from Cyclone Pam.

Miller Pata and Linline Mansale will travel to the Netherlands in June to take on the worlds best.

Vanuatu beach volleyball players Miller Pata and Linline Mansale

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

The President of the Vanuatu Volleyball Federation, Debbie Masaufakalo, says their training courts in Port Vila escaped largely unscathed, but the category five cyclone wasn't so forgiving elsewhere.

"Unfortunately Miller has lost the front of her house and Lin has lost her house. Her house fell down and then the river came up and her house and all her possessions are under two foot of mud. We're just trying to do some fundraising, to try to get help, for Lin mainly, because she has lost everything, and hopefully build her a small little house or shelter so she can get her life back to order".

Debbie Masaufakalo says they rely on local businesses for sponsorship and support, which will now be even harder, with the whole country suffering from the aftermath of Pam.

She says they're grateful to Volleyball Australia and Oceania, who have set up a fundraising page to support Vanuatu.