IOC Member Calls For Greater Youth Development

01 September 2010

As a stunning fireworks display heralded the end of the inaugural youth Olympic Games, New Zealand IOC member and NZOC Secretary General Barry Maister called for New Zealand sports to take a closer look at the rise of youth games. The Youth Olympic Games in Singapore ran from 12 to 26 attracting 3600 young athletes from around the world. The programme included new-format events such as three on three basketball, international teams events and mixed gender events. It also boasted an extensive culture and education programme aimed at promoting balanced lives for athletes.

A message to the athletes of the Youth Olympic Games

27 August 2010

Congratulations and thank you, Singapore, for a job superbly done. You rose brilliantly to the challenge of combining elite sport, modern education and culture. Throughout these 12 days, we all enjoyed the warm hospitality of the public authorities, of the very successful Organising Committee and of the 20,000 wonderful volunteers. These Games will leave a great human legacy in Singapore and around the world. These Games were full of innovation, creativity, joy and a sharing of Olympic values.

Families join hands from across the globe at Youth Olympics

26 August 2010

The Olympics is a way of bringing people together. And in the case of Auckland athlete Josh Hawkins that is exactly what has happened at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. The 17 year old hurdler found out a month ago that his 16 year old cousin from Zimbabwe, Devyn Hencil would also be competing at the first Youth Olympics in the soccer team. They met for the first time at the Youth Olympic Village – and have spent time hanging out and talking about each other’s sport.

Youth Olympic Games – Day 11 Wrap

26 August 2010

Teenage boxing star Joseph Parker brought the curtain down on New Zealand’s campaign at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games with a silver medal in the super heavyweight class in Singapore tonight. The 18 year old from Manukau City was out-pointed by tall counter-punching Frenchman Tony Yoka in the gold medal match, with the young kiwi unable to catch up with his opponent after falling behind narrowly in the count. Just down the hallway at the International Convention Centre, Kaikoura judoka Hayley Baxter also claimed a silver medal, part of a Belgrade team that was beaten in the final.

Youth Olympic Games – Day 10 Wrap

25 August 2010

New Zealand junior girls’ hockey team bagged a golden goal that brought a bronze medal reward at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Opponents Korea scored with a minute remaining in normal time to claw back a 4-1 deficit and send the match into extra time at the Seng Kang Hockey Stadium tonight.

Youth Olympic Games – Day 10 Update

24 August 2010

Cambridge rider Jake Lambert has the potential to reach the top after a strong finish to his show jumping competition on the penultimate day of competition in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore today. The 16 year old dropped one rail on the second day of competition where only two riders produced clear rounds, to finish in 21st place in the 30 rider competition.

Youth Olympics Huge Success

24 August 2010

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge praised the inaugural edition of the Youth Olympic Games on Saturday as the Games passed their halfway point in Singapore. “The athletes are having a great time and the smiles you see everywhere are proof of that,” President Rogge said. “So far everything is going smoothly and we’ve been very pleased with the organisation, the competition and the non-sport activities. While it is impossible to provide a full assessment of the Games until after they’re over, so far we are very satisfied.”

Youth Olympic Games – Day 9 Wrap

24 August 2010

New Zealand sailors may have run out of puff in their medal chances on the penultimate day of fleet racing on day nine of the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. After completing just six races in the first four days of racing with a lack of wind, their fortunes changes when an unexpected 10 knot breeze blew today which prompted Jack Collinson to win race seven while fellow Auckland team-mate Elise Beavis managed a regatta-best sixth.

Youth Olympic Games – Day 9 Update

23 August 2010

The winds finally blew favourable fortunes for the New Zealand sailors on the penultimate day of fleet racing on day nine of the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. After a frustrating campaign, with only six races completed in the first four days of racing, New Zealand’s Jack Collinson won race seven in fresh 12knot winds off the Singapore National Sailing Centre. Fellow Auckland team-mate Elise also enjoyed her best finish in sixth place with both New Zealand sailors enjoying the fresher conditions.

Youth Olympic Games – Day 8 Wrap

23 August 2010

New Zealand’s medal count jumped to five with four days remaining in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. World junior champion Jackson Gill, the youngest and the smallest in the field, climbed out of his sick bed to grab a silver medal in the junior men’s shot put, managing two personal best throws in the process at the Bishan Stadium tonight.

Youth Olympic Games – Day 8 Update

22 August 2010

Success at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore is far from measured solely by the colour of the medals – and that’s the way IOC President Jacques Rogge likes it. The experience – both on and off the field of play – is the key component in aspiring athletes to understand what the Olympics are all about and what it takes to succeed on the sport’s most revered platform. Today was one of those days for New Zealand athletes in competition in cycling, athletics, show jumping, table tennis, basketball and judo.

New Zealand team pairs with local Singapore school

22 August 2010

The first Youth Olympic Games is more than just a sporting contest for the world’s best teenagers. An in-depth Cultural and Educational Programme incorporates fun, interactive activities crafted along the five educational themes of Olympism, Skills Development, Well-Being and Healthy Lifestyle, Social Responsibility and Expression. These activities aim to engage and inspire athletes to be true Olympians, to adapt and live by the Olympic Values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect, and to play active roles within their communities.