CISNOC gets help from NZOC Finance Manager

12 July 2011

In early July New Zealand Olympic Committee Finance Manager, Lee Frew, embarked on a five day working session with the Cook Islands National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) as part of the Olympic Solidarity programme that supports National Olympic Committees in need. Solidarity provided funds for a Finance Session at CISNOC where Frew had drafted a programme session of an overview on Financial Best Practice for the exchange which included working closely with CISNOC Executives and staff.

Sophia Batchelor in shape for CWYG

12 July 2011

Sophia Batchelor had no intention of swimming taking over her life when she decided to take a few lessons five years ago. At the tender age of 11 and a pupil at St Andrew's College, she swam a lap at her school sports. Most kids would leap in and thrash away until they completed the length. Not Batchelor. She decided to do the race justice, and took lessons from a family friend, former New Zealand swimming coach and representative Brett Naylor, at the AquaGym club. Batchelor won her race and stayed on in a junior squad at the club.

Two NZ IOC members is significant

11 July 2011

Olympic boardsailing gold medallist Barbara Kendall has been elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Durban, South Africa. A veteran of five Olympic Games, Kendall won gold in 1992, silver in 1996 and bronze in 2000. She was fifth in Athens in 2004 and sixth in Beijing in 2008 before retiring from competition in 2010. Kendall joins New Zealander Barry Maister on the IOC. With two IOC Members New Zealand sport and athletes have greater potneital to understand and influence decision-making and connections at the highest levels of international sport.

NZOC Says NZAS Supplement Programme in line with IOC

09 July 2011

The New Zealand Olympic Committee understands diet significantly influences athletic performance and encourages athletes to adopt appropriate nutritional strategies that are in accordance with the 2010 IOC Consensus Statement on Sports Nutrition. The New Zealand Olympic Committee is satisfied that the New Zealand Academy of Sports supplement programme is in accordance with the IOC Consensus Statemetn.

Winter Olympic Host City Decision Good for NZ

07 July 2011

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today elected PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) as the host city of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in 2018 and New Zealand IOC Member Barry Maister said the decision is good for New Zealand. Maister, who sat on the IOC Evaluation Commission for the 2018 bids, said the decision will bring tangible benefits to New Zealand winter sports and athletes

Winter Games Talent Camp

06 July 2011

An exciting new talent-finding initiative will be one of the key legacies of 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games. Run in conjunction with SPARC, Snow Sports NZ and the New Zealand Academy of Sport, and supported by the New Zealand Olympic Committee, the Winter Games Talent Camp seeks to source unidentified talent within New Zealand, perhaps uncovering the next Jossi Wells. If you are aged 13-18 (in August) and excel in snow sports, skateboarding, surfing or any sport requiring balance, agility, co-ordination and timing visit

Slopestyle Inclusion Increases NZ Olympic Medal Chances

05 July 2011

New Zealand’s medal chances at Olympic Winter games have been strengthened once again following the inclusion of men’s and women’s ski slopestyle and snow slopestyle on the Olympic Programme. The decision was taken by the IOC Executive Board (EB) ahead of the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa, and follows the inclusion in April of ski halfpipe, another strong New Zealand winter sport.

Tribute to Olympian Harold Nelson

04 July 2011

New Zealand’s oldest surviving Olympian, Harold Nelson, has passed away, aged 88. A long distance runner, Nelson competed in the London 1948 Olympic Games, at which he was the team captain and flag bearer. He won gold and silver in the 6 mile and 3 mile track races respectively at the Auckland 1950 British Empire Games. Nelson attended Otago Boys High School, where he discovered his talent for long distance running was influenced by having an enlarged heart, which improved his endurance.

Fastest time I have ever swum in season

04 July 2011

Last month I raced at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix, where I won the 100m Backstroke A Final.

CWYG Preparations near completion

03 July 2011

Isle of Man preparations for 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games near completion Preparations for the Isle of Man 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games are almost compete with less than 100 days to go until the event for young athletes aged between 13 and 18-years-old gets underway. The competition, which is due to take place from September 7 until13, will be one of the most prestigious sporting events ever to be hosted on the island, with a total of 69 Commonwealth nations set to attend.

Black Cab for Todd and Nicholson

01 July 2011

New Zealand's most capped Olympians will arrive at the first test event for the 2012 London games in a traditional black cab, complete with silver fern. Double gold Olympic medallist Mark Todd and World Equestrian Championships bronze medallist Andrew Nicholson are competing in the Greenwich Park Eventing Invitational which starts on Monday (UK time). It's the first test event of the Olympic sports that New Zealand is involved with and a chance for organisers, athletes and team officials to get a close look with what promises to be a magnificent venue for the Games.

NZ Olympic Ticket Allocations Underway

01 July 2011

New Zealanders have successfully received approximately 3,000 tickets during the first general public ticket allocation for upcoming London Olympic Games. Requests for Athletics, Rowing and Equestrian were particularly successful with about 80% of all requests for these key sports being confirmed.