A contingent of Ni Vanuatu crew members from P&O Cruises' have flown
in to the Gold Coast as a special cheer squad for Vanuatu women's beach
volleyball stars Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu as they seek to win a medal
for Vanuatu at the Commonwealth Games.
The crew members attending the semi-final and medal rounds of the
women's beach volleyball competition at the Games are ambassadors for the many
Ni Vanuatu staff who work across the P&O fleet in line with the cruise
line's commitment to sharing the economic opportunities of cruising.
They arrived on the Gold Coast to the news that Miller and Linline had
stormed into the semifinals after defeating England 2-1 in a three-set
The P&O Pacific Partnership, which is funded by guests' voluntary
contributions on each cruise booking, is already supporting accommodation costs
for Miller and Linline enabling them to compete. Miller is mother to seven
month old Tommy and children cannot stay in the official athletes' village.
Sture Myrmell, President of Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises
Australia, said four Ni Vanuatu crew members from Pacific Aria flew to the
Games from Cairns and will rejoin Pacific Aria in Brisbane on Friday.
"It is an exciting time for the people of Vanuatu as Miller and Linline
follow their dreams of winning a Commonwealth Games medal for Vanuatu and it is
exciting for all of us at P&O to be able to play a part in supporting their
efforts," Mr Myrmell said.
"Miller and Linline are the pride of their nation and the Ni Vanuatu
crew members flying in from Pacific Aria to form an enthusiastic national cheer
squad are the pride of our fleet.
"Like Miller and Linline, our Ni Vanuatu crew members are outstanding
individuals in their own right, and they are a credit to their nation, to their
families and to their colleagues."
The Ni Vanuatu crew forming the Vanuatu team cheer squad are Caroline
Kasten (nearly 19 years' service with P&O), Tina Dick (three years), Ben
Kaltilia (13 years), and Donalyn Garu (eight years) from Pacific Aria.
Vanuatu team manager Debbie Masauvakalo said Miller and Linline are
delighted to know that P&O's Ni Vanuatu crew will be in their corner as
they pursue their dreams as proud representatives of their nation. "Our team is
excited that the P&O crew have the opportunity to support Team Vanuatu at
the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. It is always great to have support in
the crowd when playing important matches".
Mr Myrmell also thanked Volleyball Australia for their assistance in
enabling P&O Cruises to obtain tickets for the much sought after women's
Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises Australia are in no way
affiliated with the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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