Credit Corporation General Manager Johnny Wilson shook hands with Georges Langa yesterday at FM 107 and handed over a cheque for Vt138,000.
“Credit Corp is proud to sponsor you Georges as we can see you have set goals, practised with determination and have never given up on your dreams.
“This is our team approach too at Credit Corp. We know this cheque will assist you with airfares to Arafura, shoes and uniforms, pre-departure training expenses and entry costs to the Pacific Games in Samoa,” said Credit Corp GM Wilson.
“We have sponsored Vanuatu Paralympic Committee before and are very pleased to have this opportunity to continue that support.”
Georges is from Mele Village and has dealt with the implications of a problem with his left leg all his life. But he has never let this issue deter him.
He first went to Suango School, the French Primary School at Mele Bay, then onto Montmartre. Afterwards Georges spent two years in Tahiti with the Mormon Latter Day Saints Church. He then undertook an Internship at the Civil Status Office and at the same time completed a Diploma in Web design with CNS.
He received a scholarship with APTC and went to Samoa where he finished a Cert IV in Youth Work.
Georges now works at Vanuatu Society for People with Disability as a Community Liaison Officer.
He began rowing in late 2017, often walking all the way from Mele at 4.30am to be at the Rowing Club just after 5am for practice at the Rowing Club just below The Holiday Inn.
It’s 7 kilometres of flat water to Le Lagon. The elite rowing squad does up to 21 kms a day. Georges went to the Australia Rowing Championship in April 2018 in Sydney Australia where he came 5th in the “A” Grade Men’s Final against well trained highly experienced paralympic rowers!
But this is only the start of the story of his sporting adventure.
Georges is now also part of the Vanuatu Parasport Athletics Team and goes to training at Ecole Centrale or Korman Stadium 4 afternoons a week.
He is training in both javelin and shot-put. Part of his program is also gym based at the Rowing Club to build his core body strength, cardio and general fitness and the rest is out on the water rowing. This is called “Cross-Training.”
Georges responded, “I never dreamt I would find sports I love so much that I can be really good at. Everyone involved is so supportive both at the Rowing Club and in the Vanuatu Paralympic’s elite parathletics squads. Now I not only row but I am part of Team Vanuatu in parathletics. It only takes dedication, determination and a dream.”
The dream? International travel wearing the green, black, yellow & red of the Vanuatu flag; representing Vanuatu at Arafura and in Samoa!
“When Georges returns, I want him to come to Credit Corp so that our team can meet him in person. He is an outstanding example of a dedicated athlete committed to training and representing Vanuatu.
“Georges’ story of dedication, despite his disability, would be an inspiring one to share with my Credit Corp team about setting goals, determination to reach objectives, team work and the value of perseverance,” Wilson concluded as he shook hands and handed over the cheque that will help Georges realise his dreams.