ONE of Vanuatu’s all-time top beach volleyballers, Miller Pata is returning to competitive beach volleyball after the birth of her second baby.
Ms Pata said she has been away from the sport for a year and her baby is now four months old.
“I stopped playing in December of 2016,’’ she said.
“Returning to beach volleyball I was slow during the training at the start but as the training continues, I became stronger.
“Now it was very good. I joined the other players during their training and they all make me feel good and make me want to train harder,” she said.
She said they are currently preparing for the Queensland Open later this month and every morning they are at the gym and in the afternoon at the beach volleyball court at Stade area.
“For me returning to play in an international game again, I am looking forward to the Queensland Open as a preparation for me for the Commonwealth Games in April. I have to play a tournament before playing in the Commonwealth Games. Therefore the Queensland Open will be as a preparation for me for the Commonwealth Games.”
Ms Pata said while training, a babysitter is at home with her baby. She will be taking her baby to the overseas games as well with her babysitter.
“I now have two kids and I feel that I am an experienced mum. I find everything going well for me at home,” she said.
“Before attending my training in the morning I make sure everything is in place for my baby with the baby sitter. After the morning training, I go back home and check on them and feed my baby and prepare everything for them before leaving for the training in the afternoon.”
Ms Pata said her family is very supportive of her, especially her husband. He is very supportive of her because he also loves sports and he is also encouraging to her.
Ms Pata has been in the Vanuatu National Beach Volleyball team for 11 years.