The Oceania Paralympic Committee has a team in Port Vila to assist with Talent Identification. What’s that? It’s trying to find (identify) people living with a disability who want to be involved in a sport.

The Talent Identification Program wants to match people with certain disability such as an amputee (loss of a leg or arm) with the right sport that fits their disability.

On Thursday morning from 9am the Rowing Club will be the place where you can come to try a variety of para sports. Obviously rowing will be one, but discus, javelin, shotput, archery, table tennis and general athletics (running, jumping) will also be available for a try out, “taste and see” experience.

The Oceania Paralympic Committee representatives will provide bus fares, lunch, coaching and most importantly of all – inspiration! Courage, Determination, Inspiration, Equality is the mantra of the Paralympics. The Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 is the potential goal. The Vanuatu Rowing Club is on the way with Para-rower Georges Langa being classified for international competition and having raced recently in Australia in the A Grade final – coming sixth against experienced paralympian rowers from Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

“Dare to Dream!” challenged Chris Nunn from the Australian Oceania Paralympian Committee. “It’s not about “saying;’ it’s about having the courage to come along and to try something new. Who knows, someone who tries out tomorrow, could be a Gold Medal winner in 2020 for Vanuatu.”

Caption: Free bus-fares and lunch to come to the” Come and Try Para Sports” Thursday morning at the Vanuatu Rowing Club, below Holiday Inn” on Second Lagoon.

Raymond Nasse

Sports Editor

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