Basketball Arena hosts first test event at Olympic Park

22 August 2011

The London 2012 Basketball Arena is the first to play host to competition, with the London International Basketball Invitational, at the Olympic Park as part of the London Prepares series. The Arena is only a temporary structure and is the fourth to be completed by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) in the Olympic Park this year. The venue located inside Olympic Park has a maximum capacity of 12000. However, during this test event only 3000 spectators per day will be allowed in due to safety reasons.

What’s Your Focus?

18 August 2011

What’s Your Focus? By this time next year the games will be over!!!

Confidence off the Back of Strong European Performances

17 August 2011

I'm writing this from the 32 degree heat of Hong Kong while it seems most of New Zealand (including Auckland for the first time since 1939) is experiencing snow!

Dave Currie returns from London

16 August 2011

New Zealand Olympic Team Chef de Mission Dave Currie has arrived back in New Zealand, after attending the one-year-out Chef de Mission seminar on the back of a site visit ahead of the London Olympic Games next year. Currie was one of many Chefs de Mission and delegates from over 200 National Olympic Committees (NOC) that took part in the three daylong seminar. The event was a final chance for Currie to get updates from the London 2012 Organising Committee from all the separate departments ahead of London 2012.

Just returned from London

16 August 2011

I have just returned from the Chef de Mission conference in London was held one year out from the Olympic Games which kick off on 27 July 2012.

Bronze for Burling and Tuke

15 August 2011

London Olympic Scholarship Holders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke won the 49er medal race and the Bronze medal at the Weymouth and Portland 2011 International Regatta. The medal came for the NZL Sailing Team on the final day of the Olympic test event and rounds out a solid showing from the team which includes four top four finishers in the nine events New Zealand contested. In all but two of those nine events New Zealand made the top ten gaining valuable medal race experience.

Maister on IOC Pyeongchang Coordination Commission

11 August 2011

Barry Maister named on IOC Coordination Commission for Pyeongchang 2018 The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for Pyeongchang 2018 has been announced and includes the former secretary general of The New Zealand Olympic Committee Barry Maister. The IOC Coordination Commission will be in charge of overseeing preparations, including structures and venues, ahead of the 2018 Winter Games. Maister’s role will involve elements of organisation and ensuring that Pyeongchang delivers a successful Games on budget.

Athletes’ Park opened for Rio 2016

10 August 2011

The venue that will be used for athletes during the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics has been officially opened helping to celebrate five years to go. Joining the ceremony was over one hundred young children along with the President of Rio 2016 Carlos Nuzman, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and Brazils Foreign Affairs Minister Antonio Patriota. The park will be used by athletes during the Games for leisure and rest but until then will be used to host events including a rock festival in September and October.

Valerie Adams unbeaten in 2011

08 August 2011

Valerie Adams has maintained her unbeaten run in 2011, winning the Shot Put at the London Diamond League meet. Adams threw 20.07 metres to hand another defeat to arch rival Nadezhda Ostapchuk of Belarus. Ostapchuk’s best was 19.52 metres. Although Adams’ throw was below her best for the season, it was her biggest winning margin over her rival in their four clashes this year. Adams’ next competition will be the World Championships in Daegu, Korea starting 27 August.

From Weymouth to Eton Dorney

06 August 2011

Weymouth and Portland will be an exciting place for both sailors and spectators during next year’s Olympic Games.

Triathlon Test Event

05 August 2011

This weekend one of central London’s most beautiful spots, Hyde Park, plays host to the ITU Triathlon World Championships. As with all of the London test events, the triathlon will give competitors the chance to try out the proposed 2012 Olympic course, and give us an insight into how our athletes will perform next year.

Weymouth and Portland International Regatta Underway

05 August 2011

Kiwi windsurfers Jon-Paul Tobin and Natalia Kosinska got their campaigns underway over night at official London Olympics Test Event – The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta – as the vital test events are now well underway, giving us an insight into how the games will be run and how our athletes will perform next year at the London Olympic Games.