April 6, 2018

Anolyn Lulu hopes to motivate more people to take up table tennis. (Photo: Ricardo Dasso)

Team Vanuatu has lost 3-2 against Guyana in their quest for a quarterfinal place at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Despite the heartbreaking loss, Anolyn Lulu was upbeat.

“We’ve never played Guyana before, so winning two games against them is good for us. But we hope we can do even better in singles.” Anolyn Lulu

The team is showing good form on the Gold Coast. After the recent ITTF-Oceania Championships, the team stayed on in Australia for a training camp.

“The ITTF-Oceania Preparation training camp before the Games really helped us. We don’t have a coach back home and Patrick Wuertz really helped.” Anolyn Lulu

It has been a busy period for Vanuatu table tennis. The Mini Pacific Games in December was a milestone event for the nation, with the table tennis team claiming a bag full of gold medals. The performance of the team has inspired a new generation of table tennis players. A strong performance here at the Games will only further that excitement.

“We have so many school children waiting back in Vanuatu for us to return and start school programs. They really want to play table tennis.” Anolyn Lulu

The upcoming ITTF-Oceania Cup which is to be staged in Port Vila, Vanuatu, will further help maintaining the high level of interest.