The Vanuatu Basketball Federation is now counting 3 officers in its staff
In addition to Sacha DUTHU, the National Basketball Development Officer who joined the team in 2017 before the Van 2017 Mini Games, two national players are now working as full time officer with the #51 ranked Oceania nation to the FIBA 3x3 world ranking.
Manoah MOLI joined the team early February as Deputy National Basketball Development Officer, while Jessie MALVERUS renewed her Competition Director contract, but full time.
“Throughout my pass experience playing for 3x3 Vanuatu basketball squad and representing Vanuatu to the All-Star Pacific has motivated me to share my ideas and experience to younger players to shape them better in playing basketball in the future” Manoah said.
The National 3x3 superstar will be looking after VBF Youth Programs Development, like Pikinini Hoops, VBF mini-basketball program.
“I want to share whatever experience I have to others around the country in terms of basketball and as a leader” he added. “I want to introduce more activities around Vanuatu to involve more youths to take part in and to make them stay away from troubles and problems” stated the 23 years old officer.
Actual member of the National Squad, he is looking forward with his teammates to participating to the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games 3x3 competition, and why not “win something”.
Jessie MALVERUS joined the VBF in mid 2018 when the Efate 5x5 championship was launched by the Federation. She finally decided to renew her contract, but as a full-time staff for this year.
“I decided to join VBF because it mainly involves working for a game that I love playing” she said. “My main assignment involves planning/running competitions and also assisting the NBDO & Deputy NBDO” Jessie added.
Her role will be to look after VBF competitions, such as the upcoming BRED Bank 2019 3x3 Tour.
The dynamic national player has big expectations for her sport.
“I want for basketball in Vanuatu to rise to the same level as soccer, to have more basketball events plus sponsors so it gives more opportunities for players to play, so they can showcase their talent or build up their basketball skills” she stated.
With those two talents, no doubt that the Vanuatu Basketball Federation will climb another step in its development, and bring the game to all.