The Vanuatu Athletics Federation has returned from the Oceania Masters Athletics Championship in Fiji with a remarkable haul of seven medals.

From June 1 to 8 at the HFC Bank Stadium, Vanuatu athletes showcased their prowess, earning 2 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze medals.

Vanuatu’s outstanding para champions, Ellie Enock and Ken Kahu, each secured gold medals.

Enock triumphed in the women’s shot put para event with a throw of 7.09 meters, while Kahu dominated the men’s javelin ambulatory para event with a throw of 45.46 meters.

Pamela Ryan, Secretary General for Vanuatu Paralympics, expressed the nation’s excitement over these victories, noting that both athletes had previously medaled at the Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands, where Enock won gold and Kahu took silver.

The women’s senior 4×400 relay team also delivered an impressive performance. Lisbeth Kalopong, Chloe David, Lyza Malres, and Claudie David secured a silver medal, finishing just 15 seconds behind the team from Papua New Guinea. The men’s senior relay team, comprising Macaulay Saunders, Rizon Leo, Obediah Timbaci, and Toho Joshua, matched their female counterparts’ success, also earning a silver medal.

They completed the relay with a time of 3:29.83 minutes, coming in second to the Fijian men’s squad.

Ellie Enock continued to shine, adding a silver medal to her collection in the para women’s seated discus with a throw of 16.60 meters.

Coach Reynolds Alatoa, assisted by Para Coach Denny Kalanga, praised the team’s overall performance.

Although some individual events did not meet expectations, he highlighted the importance of maintaining an active athletic program.

“Athletics is a sport that needs to always be active to keep the sprinters fit. Without a league, we need to arrange competitions to ensure they remain in peak condition,” he explained.

Alatoa specifically commended the relay teams, emphasizing that relay events showcase the ultimate athletic power of a nation by combining the top sprinters to display their collective strength at regional tournaments.