The two- day Sports Media workshop conducted in Port Vila, Vanuatu this week has been hailed a success.

And participants want more hands on training leading up to the Pacific Mini Games scheduled for December 4th till the 15th.

Vanuatu Sports Association and National Olympic Committee (VASANOC) and Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) jointly facilitated the workshop on the request of VAN2017.

VAN2017 Organising Committee Chief Executive Officer Clint Flood was surprised at the turn around by some of the students from the Vanuatu Journalism School.

“Yesterday they were sigh and a bit overwhelmed but today they are more confident to ask questions,” said who gave an introductory remark at the start of the workshop and willingly fronted up for a press conference at the end of day two.

“This is good training,” said Moses Stevens, president of the Vanuatu Sports Journalists’ Association.

ONOC Communications Manager Matai Akauola the objective was to get journalists grounded on the basics of sports reporting and understand what’s involved in the upcoming Mini Games.

“It is all about the right preparation,” Akauola said.

“We could only house close to 30 participants and it was good to see the experienced journalists mingling with students and those likely to be used for the Games’ News Service.”

VASANOC through its Communications expert Jill Scanlon, VAN2017’s Olivia Finau and Akauola have agreed to assist those trained in the lead up to the Games.

Journalists have been urged to go and report from training venues as Team Vanuatu prepares to host the Games.

“We are here to assist them and give them exposure, we’d welcome them to our training sessions” said VASANOC Secretary General and president for Vanuatu Lawn Tennis.

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