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.

Youth Olympic Games – Day 7 Wrap

22 August 2010

Three of New Zealand’s heavyweight chances will compete on the eighth day of the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. World junior shot put champion Jacko Gill is in action in the final of the men’s shot put, helped by the three day break between his qualifying and the medal round which is part of the big finals day for athletics at the Bishan Stadium.

Youth Olympic Games - Day 7 Update

21 August 2010

New Zealand basketball coach Anthony Corban believes the three-on-three format used in the Youth Olympic Games has huge potential for the sport. That is despite an off-shooting day for the young New Zealand team who lost 29-17 to Iran in their bottom eight elimination round at the Scape Youth Space in Singapore today. They now face Central African Republic tomorrow in the elimination for 12th to 16th placings.

Youth Olympic Games – Day 6 Wrap

21 August 2010

New Zealand junior girls’ hockey team are within one win of a place in the gold medal match at the Youth Olympic Games. They won their penultimate match against winless South Africa 4-0 at the Sengkang Hockey Stadium in Singapore tonight to move to third place in the round robin contest. New Zealand are one point behind unbeaten Netherlands and Argentina, who fought out a 2-2 draw tonight with the kiwis taking on the South American side on Sunday afternoon, where the winner will progress to the gold medal match.

Youth Olympic Games – Day 6 Update

21 August 2010

New Zealand won their third medal of the Youth Olympic Games with Cambridge rider Jake Lambert claiming a silver medal in the team show jumping event at Singapore today. Despite wet conditions, Lambert managed to help his Australasia team to a three-way tie after the second round today at the Singapore Turf Club. The 16 year old from Cambridge put three rails down in the jump-off but had the non-counting score with two team-mates going clear and one with four faults. This left them tied with Europe who took the gold with superior combined time with Australasia second and Africa third.

Progress in Delhi Says President

20 August 2010

Mike Fennell, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation has recently returned from a trip to Delhi and makes the following statement: My visit to Delhi, planned many months ago, is very important as I must be able to ascertain the level of preparedness so I can report to our 71 nations and territories who will bring athletes to these Games in Delhi.

Another Triathlon Medal for NZ

20 August 2010

New Zealand has won their second medal of the Youth Olympic Games with triathlon bagging a silver medal in the exciting teams race at Singapore today. They joined with Australia to form a potent Oceania team which came from nearly a minute behind to claim the silver medal behind Europe after leaders Americas 1 were served a penalty with the finishing line in sight. The race involved teams of four – two male and two female – with each completed a super-sprint format of 250m swim, 6.6km bike and 1.7km run.

Youth Olympics Day 5 Wrap

20 August 2010

Southland triathlete Aaron Barclay jets off to Europe tomorrow fired about his future in the sport after picking up two medals in the first Youth Olympic Games. Barclay earned a gold medal in the individual race and added a silver medal with team-mate Maddie Dillon and the Australian pair in the unique regional team race today in Singapore. The pair will join the national triathlon squad in Germany at the weekend as they prepare for next month’s ITU World Championships in Hungary.

Youth Olympic Games – Day 4 Wrap

19 August 2010

World champion Jackson Gill is glad the unusual format for athletics competition will give him a few days off before his final at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore today. Gill battled some ill-health along with a monsoon-like storm that brought a premature end to the qualifying competition on the fourth day of competition. With the New Zealander comfortably in second place with a best throw of 21.73m, Gill has opted to sleep in instead of returning to complete his final throw.

Youth Olympic Games – Day 4 Update

18 August 2010

World champion Jackson Gill battled through thunder, lightning, rain and a virus to qualify for the finals of the shot put on the fourth day of the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore today. The shot put competition was eventually postponed with one round of qualifying remaining but with Gill comfortably in second place, he will bypass his final round which has been rescheduled for tomorrow.