Buyer vaults into the 2012 Olympics

1 April 2011

1 April 2011 | Steve Bagshaw

Olympic glory could come to procurement following the announcement that a UK-based buying professional is to represent his ancestral nation of Vanuatu at London 2012.

Procurement professional Dennis Fullerton has contacted SM to tell the fascinating tale of how he will represent the tiny island nation in the pole vault.

“My grandfather came to the UK from Vanuatu after the war and settled in Poole, where I still live,” he said. “I was always a keen athlete, but couldn’t make Team GB, so when the authorities in Port Vila got in touch I couldn’t refuse. It will be a real honour to represent my grandfather’s country of birth. And one day I hope to visit the country, perhaps with an Olympic medal.”

He admitted that it seems an unlikely discipline but he has world-famous Ukrainian coach Blatan Knockov behind him. Knockov previously coached Olympic pole-vaulting champs including Sergey Bubka and Vlad Impalerovski.

Fullerton, who is a purchasing consultant, worked previously at Dorset CountyCouncil and internet dating firm

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