1 April 2011 | Steve
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 1.4.you.