If anyone displays our school values of Respect, Care, Community and Creativity, it’s our former student and staff member Georgia Hale. She has been selected to the final three for the 2020 Young New Zealander of the Year awards . Georgia’s efforts in the community supporting people with intellectual disabilities through her work with the New Zealand Warriors has been recognised.
“I am so humbled to be in this position and rubbing shoulders with the others who have been nominated in this category,” says Georgia.
Now a rugby league star, the 2013 graduate from Long Bay College says she remembers her time at school like it was yesterday and loved it from ‘go to whoa’. “There were so many people around who supported not just me but everyone. It’s a great school to be a part of. You know everyone and their families and we had great connections with the teachers.”
After school finished, Georgia returned to Long Bay to work as a Teacher Aide, assisting students in Learning Support. The role kick-started her interest in making rugby league accessible to everyone, including those with intellectual disabilities, which is a big part of her work today.
“The students I worked with at Long Bay College made such a difference to me. It was just so rewarding seeing someone with an intellectual disability working so hard and to see them ‘get it’.”
It’s an exciting time for Georgia with successes in her rugby league career and in her role as a Community Coordinator with the Warriors.
We wish Georgia the very best of luck for the announcement of Young New Zealander of the Year on Thursday, February 20.
Find out more about Georgia and her nomination in a Stuff article here.
Pictured: Georgia Hale, courtesy of Stuff