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George Taamaru #136

George Taamaru, New Zealand Paralympian

George made his Paralympic debut in Sydney 2000 competing in Para powerlifting. He went on to compete at 2 further Paralympic Games – Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. He also competed at the Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. George is an amputee and former Cook Islands rugby league representative, who has won many medals at national and regional able-bodied powerlifting competitions. George turned his talents to Va’a 7 years ago and competed in the 2018 IVF Va’a Worlds Sprints Championships in Tahiti. IN August he will compete in the IVF Va’a World Distance Championships with the hope of qualifying for the 2020 World Sprint Championship in Hawaii. Longer term George has his sights set on competing at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. George believes the sky is the limit and as long as you keep the motivation going you will achieve your goals.

George officially received his ‘numbered’ Paralympic pin as part of The Celebration Project in July 2019.

Paralympic Results
Paralympic GamesResult
Beijing 2008
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Athens 2004
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Sydney 2000
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