Olympic education, and programmes supporting future leaders, will get a significant boost with the Sir Owen Glenn Olympic Legacy fund announced at the 2018 Olympic Gala Dinner in Auckland tonight.
The three-million-dollar donation was made by Sir Owen to the New Zealand Olympic Committee and CEO Kereyn Smith said it will make a meaningful difference to the Olympic and Commonwealth movements in New Zealand.
“Sir Owen is one of New Zealand’s most generous benefactors and supporters of sport” she said.
“His significant donation will help us select, lead and organise our Olympic and Commonwealth Games Teams and promote and celebrate our legacy and athletes. In particular, the fund will support the work we do with young New Zealanders through our Olympic Ambassador education and programmes.
“It will help us strengthen the work we do promoting opportunities for women and girls.
“With Sir Owen’s support we can do even more to create future leaders.”
Sir Owen, who was present at the Olympic Gala Dinner, said he was thrilled to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young New Zealanders.
“I am delighted to continue my support for the New Zealand Olympic Committee,” he said. “It is essential that they have the funding to run the Olympic Ambassador programme which inspires young New Zealanders to pursue their dreams. Equally we need to ensure New Zealand athletes have the best opportunity to medal at the Tokyo games.”
Tonight’s announcement follows a separate two- million-dollar donation made by Sir Owen to Hockey New Zealand recently.
In addition, Sir Owen established the New Zealand Olympic Committee Yvette Williams Olympic Scholarship fund with a $500,000 donation made in 2014. The fund provides financial support to athletes on the road to Olympic Games and this year has been awarded to Commonwealth Games gold medal winning weightlifter, David Liti.
The New Zealand Olympic Committee thanks Sir Owen Glenn for his support.