A Gold medal winner for her country and advocate for the sport, Emmeline Lulu, when not working in her role as Quality and Continuous Improvement Manager at Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, is proud to support the Vanuatu Pacific Mini Games athletes within her role as a member of the Vanuatu Table Tennis Federation.
Where do you call home, where were you born? Tell us a bit about your family.
Vanuatu is my home and I was born in Banks Island, Torba Province. My family is hugely supportive of me and my time spent playing table tennis, they play also! My brother, Ham Lulu, just won two Gold medals (including Vanuatu's first Gold medal) at the 2017 Vanuatu Pacific Mini Games and my sister, Anolyn Lulu, has also won two gold medals. I am extremely proud.
I still play table tennis and I am an active member of the Vanuatu Table Tennis Federation.
I started my sporting career in 1994 when I fell in love with playing the game at school - it's such good fun.
What do you enjoy the most and the least?
The best part is representing my country abroad. Unfortunately, however, few Ni-Vanuatu know about Table Tennis and the success this country has within the sport.
What are your career highlights?
Winning the first Gold medal for the Vanuatu women's team in 2003 at the Fiji Pacific Games. This result and my amazing experiences so far mean I will continue to support the sport for as long as possible. I want to be there to support the federation to ensure table tennis continues here in Vanuatu.
What are you looking forward to the most about the 2017 Pacific Mini Games?
We are the hosts and we are organising the competition. It is an amazing opportunity for all of us in Vanuatu - athletes, the community, participants, volunteers, children - everyone!
I thank Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu for supporting me and my participation with the games and allowing me as an individual to take time out of my position to be involved.