Luigi Teilemb

Ni-Vanuatu rower gets his golden ticket to the Rio Olympics

Originally a national age group soccer player in Vanuatu, Luigi Teilemb took to the water just a couple of years ago.

ABC reports his progress has been swift, but at the Asia-Oceania qualifying regatta in April he just missed out on an Olympic place by right.

But that wasn't the end of the story, because coach Matt Cameron says Luigi's efforts have since been recognised with an Olympic Athlete's Scholarship and he's off to Brazil.