Focussing on 2011

23 March 2011

The 2012 Olympic Games, an event for all New Zealanders to get excited about, but also a task of epic proportions for athletes, their coaches and support staff.

Construction started on London 2012 BMX Circuit

22 March 2011

The start of work on the BMX Circuit marks the next stage in delivering world-class cycling facilities for the London 2012 Olympic Games and beyond. After the Games the BMX Circuit will be situated along with the Velodrome, Mountain Bike Trails and a road-racing circuit for people of all ages and abilities – a new cycling ‘hub’ for London. The BMX Circuit will have 6,000 temporary seats for the Games, this seating will be removed after the Games and the Circuit reconfigured to make it suitable for a range of riders.

500 days to go London 2012

15 March 2011

Today marks exactly 500 days to go until the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 27, 2012 More than 10,000 athletes from 205 countries will gather together next year in a spirit of excellence, friendship and respect. Television audiences are expected to top five billion as one of the world’s most compelling events gets underway. In the Olympic host city the official countdown clock was unveiled in Trafalgar Square which will kick off celebrations throughout London today.

Olympic Ticket Applications Coming Soon

14 March 2011

It's exciting times - there are just 501 days until the beginning of the London Olympic Games and New Zealanders will be able to order their event tickets soon.   Around 200 New Zealand athletes will be representing our country at the 2012 Olympic Games and we'll be proud to head to London to cheer them on.  Our travel partners Harvey World Travel and United Travel will be opening their doors to sports fans shortly.

Olympian heads Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

11 March 2011

Olympian Mark Weldon and current NZX chief executive will head the Government's fundraising efforts for the Christchurch earthquake appeal. Weldon will be taking a four-six week leave of absence from the stock exchange to take on the new role. Mark Weldon swam for New Zealand at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

London 2012 - Cycling Time Trial Route

10 March 2011

Today, LOCOG announced the route for the Olympic Games Cycling Time Trial, which will start and finish at Hampton Court Palace in south west London. The Time Trial is one of two Road Cycling events and involves competitors riding individually against the clock over a distance of 44km for men and 29km for women. Riders start at 90-second intervals and the one with the quickest time wins the gold medal. The event will take place on Day 5 of the Olympic Games on 1 August 2012.

Olympic Ticket Applications from March 15

09 March 2011

Are you interested in being in London for the Olympic Games? It's going to be a proud time for all New Zealanders. Olympic Games create history and moments of great national pride. New Zealand athletes will be carving their own place in history at the London Olympic Games along side some of the biggest names in international sport. Imagine being there… Tickets applications for the Olympic Games will be open from March 15.

Emotional Willis Accepts Silver

28 February 2011

An emotional Nick Willis accepted his Olympic Silver medal on Saturday in front of friends, family and fans in a packed Wellington stadium. The medal ceremony was the highlight of a fundraising track meet organised to help the people of Christchurch after Tuesday’s devastating earthquake. The fundraiser concluded with an all-star mile featuring top US miler Alan Webb, Britain's Lee Emanuel, sub-4 milers Will Leer and Brandon Bethke. Willis pushed through a strong Southerly wind to win the race in a time of three minutes 58.37 seconds.

Top Names Confirmed for Track Meet Fundraiser

24 February 2011

Elite athletes scheduled to run in the now-postponed International Track Meet in Christchurch have confirmed they will take part in a fundraising event in Wellington this Saturday (eds 26 February) to raise money for the Salvation Army’s Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. The meet, organised by Nick Willis together with the New Zealand Olympic Committee and members of the Wellington athletics community, will feature United States’ top miler Alan Webb, Britain's Lee Emanuel, sub-4 milers Will Leer and Brandon Bethke as well as Willis himself.

Nick Willis Christchurch Fundraising Event and Olympic Silver Medal Presentation

23 February 2011

Nick Willis Christchurch Fundraising Event and Olympic Silver Medal Presentation Saturday 26 February Newtown Park, Wellington The New Zealand Olympic Committee expresses its deepest sympathy for those affected by the Christchurch earthquake and, in particular, the Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes and their families from the Canterbury region.

Willis Medal Presentation Postponed

23 February 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Christchurch at this time and, in particular, members of our Olympic family from the Canterbury region. As you will understand, the International Track Meet scheduled to take place this weekend at QEII stadium has been indefinately postponed as has the presentation of Nick Willis' Olympic silver medal. We are currently working with Nick to arrange an alternative medal presentation and will advise details in due course.

Olympic Museum Director graduates from MEMOS XIII

18 February 2011

Charles Callis, New Zealand Olympic Committee’s Olympic Museum Director, recently graduated from the MEMOS XIII programme with an Executive Masters Degree in sports management. Charles’ project and dissertation was on the subject of The Role, Place and Purpose of Olympic Museums within National Olympic Committees.