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Savannakhet coach dedicated to developing province’s volleyball 

A talented coach from Savannakhet, Mrs Veomany Vatsalachit, is committed to developing the provincial women’s volleyball team into a strong unit for national level competition.
Mrs Veomany’s main aim is to train her players so they are ready for the 11th National Games in Xieng Khuang province in October next year.
In order to do this, she is giving her team as much competitive on-court experience as possible ahead of the games in Xieng Khuang.

Mrs Veomany Vatsalachit on the volleyball court at the Lao-Thai Gymnasium in Vientiane.

One opportunity will be the upcoming annual Minister of Education and Sports’ Cup organised and supported by the Lao Volleyball Federation. 
Mrs Veomany said the Savannakhet women’s team will face strong competition from many provinces and ministries at the National Games and she believed that being well prepared was the best motto.
The coach said the team is currently training at the main indoor stadium in Savannakhet province’s Kaysone Phomvihane district where she was assisting players in basic techniques and tactics, along with defence and offence, and footwork.
While players are responding well to the coaching she said developing good teamwork was still a challenge because of the short amount of time they have for training.
She is preparing the team for the province’s annual games to be hosted by Thapangthong district from December 12-17. Teams from 15 districts in the province will attend the games which comprise volleyball, football, sepak takraw, crossbow, petanque, and track and field events.
“The provincial games will be an opportunity to select new players from the 15 districts to join the women’s Savannakhet volleyball team for the National Games,” Mrs Veomany said.
Another goal is to train a new student team for the 7th National School Games in Saravan province in 2020.
Mrs Veomany guided the provincial girls’ team at the 6th National School Games in Borikhamxay province last February where they won the gold medal.
At 34, the Savannakhet native is one of the youngest coaches in the sport, and aspires to coach the national women’s volleyball team one day.
As a track and field athlete, she won a silver medal in the women’s 400 metres and bronze in the women’s 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2005 National Games in Savannakhet province.
From 2005 to 2010 she kept training for track and field while studying to be a volleyball coach.
Currently, she has a C level volleyball coaching certificate after attending a course in Bangkok, Thailand, last year which was supported by the provincial Education and Sports Department and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Mrs Veomany said she would like to attend the B level volleyball coaching course when she can afford it.
Her coaching exploits began in 2001, when she attended a training course in Vientiane which was supported by the Lao Volleyball Federation.
Savannakhet province has put in solid volleyball performances in recent domestic competitions with the women’s team winning bronze at the 2014 National Games in Oudomxay province, while the same year saw the Savannakhet boys’ team win gold and the girls bring home silver at the National School Games in Champassak province.
At the 4th Minister of Education and Sports’ Cup in Vientiane last year, Savannakhet province girls’ team managed to finish fourth in the open event while the boys’ team was knocked out in the first round.


By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong
(Latest Update November 25 , 2017 )


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