Vanuatu Rower Luigi Teilemb sets his sights on Rio Olympics

Vanuatu rower Luigi Teilemb has qualified to compete at the Rio Olympics this August. Photo: Vanuatu Rowing Association

Vanuatu rower Luigi Teilemb has qualified to compete at the Rio Olympics this August. Photo: Vanuatu Rowing Association

Post by Richard Butler | 22 May 2016 |

After his outstanding performance in consecutive three World Championships finally Luigi Teilemb’s next dream has come true. The 24 year old having missed out on automatic qualification 13th out of 20 at last months Asia/Oceania Champions in Korea was still awarded a place in the Brazil by the International Olympic Committee despite a small difference between him and the top seven at Korea qualifiers.

The Oceania representative for the international rowing federation, FISA, Lee Spear came across Teilemb in 2011, following this day he compromised the little difference and led him to the Olympics.

Luigi had been training hard at Hamilton, New Zealand since last year’s November and also at Tunisia with the aid of an Olympic Solidarity Scholarship scheme.

Lee says that:

He will go up to Europe. The Australian Institute of Sport have a European training centre and they’ve kindly offered accommodation for Luigi and his coach Matt (Cameron) in Italy and they will be based there for a few weeks and go up to Poland for World Cup 3 and then off to Rio about the 23rd/24th of July.

Richard Butler

Besides Co-Editor here, Richard is Co-Editor at EscapeArtist.com/vanuatu and has written a popular book on Vanuatu, How the WTO Will Change Vanuatu and How You Can Escape to this South Pacific Island Paradise available on Amazon.com. Richard is a Resort and residential property developer, marketer, and project construction manager who fell in love with the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu and for 3 years 2012 to May 2015 has been a successful Trade Commissioner for the Republic of Vanuatu. So successful that the government reappointed him in April 2017 for a further 3-year term!

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