Vanuatu Tennis Federation – Press Realease
Under 15 Regional Championship Opening Ceremony
The grand opening ceremony of the TVL Under 15 Regional Tennis Championship was held yesterday morning at the ‘Cercle Sportif’ with the arrival of guests and tennis teams from New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Australia and Vanuatu. The tournament was officially opened by the Honorable Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, Mr. Steven Kalsakau. The Honorable Minister was honored to be present and congratulated the Vanuatu Tennis Federation for being able to organize this international event. Honorable Minister Kalsakau wished all the players good luck in the their games. He also thanked the major Sponsor of the tournament, TVL, represented by Ms Catherine Rumillat, CEO of TVL and went on the court to hit a tennis ball and to declare the tournament open.
The president of the Vanuatu Tennis Federation, Cyrille Mainguy also gave a welcoming speech to all the different teams participating in the tournament. Mr. Mainguy confirmed that the Vanuatu Tennis Federation is proud to line up players from the Tennis School and the Development Programme and confirmed that the VTF vision is to get ready for the 2017 Mini Games to be hosted in Vanuatu. VTF President noted that this event could not be organized without the help of their sponsors and thanked Telecom Vanuatu Ltd as the major sponsor, Au Bon Marche, VASANOC, ASCO Motors, Ford, Bred Bank and the Cercle Sportif.
The ceremony was then accompanied with traditional custom dances performed by the Ekasup Cultural Village dancers, followed by a mini parade showcasing the different young tennis athletes of the Pacific Region. Much of the players and coaches were pleased of the well organized opening ceremony and the kind welcoming attitude of the tournament officials. Parents and other family members were also present showing great support and encouragement towards their children participating in one of the greatest tennis event ever organized by the Vanuatu Tennis Federation. The regional championship tournament consist of 27 international players and over 50 local players, it is bound to be a week long of great tennis matches for our young athletes competing against some of the best players in the Pacific Region.