Georgia Hale, Long Bay College’s former student and staff member, has earned the coveted title of Young New Zealander of the Year.
Her significant efforts in the community, supporting people with intellectual disabilities through her work with the New Zealand Warriors, has been acknowledged.
“I am absolutely blown away by all of this. To be recognised was definitely a moment I will forever remember,” says Georgia.
Now, a Kiwi Ferns rugby league star and Community Coordinator with the New Zealand Warriors, the 2013 Long Bay College graduate says she remembers her time at the school like it was yesterday.
“There were so many people around who supported not just me but everyone. It’s a great school to be a part of.”
After school finished, Georgia turned down two scholarships and chose to return to the College 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 still 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 then to see them ‘get it’.”
Watch a video on Facebook of Georgia after accepting her award here.
Listen to Georgia on Radio New Zealand’s Musical Chairs programme here.