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Digital Subscriptions > Row360 > Issue 015 - Dec 2016 | Jan 2017 > Living The Dream In A Forgotten Paradise

Living The Dream In A Forgotten Paradise

Located 500 miles west of Fiji and 1,000 miles north-east of Australia, sits one of the most beautiful stretches of rowing water in the southern hemisphere. Voted the ‘Happiest Country in the World’ by three separate happiness indexes, Vanuatu is a forgotten paradise. The island boasts sandy beaches, clear water, active volcanoes and a para-rowing program.

Located on the Erakor Lagoon is the Port Vila Rowing Club which provides a high-quality training and racing venue for its 90 members, including people with a disability. It was a chance meeting at the 2015 Sydney International Rowing Regatta in Penrith NSW, Australia, with the then Vanuatu Head Coach, that sparked the idea. I learned that an elite para athlete from wheelchair tennis had been regularly visiting the Port Vila Rowing Club as a form of cross training. The opportunity was clearly there for the club to pursue this aspect of the sport, all it needed was a little guidance.

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