Watching the world’s best compete

05 September 2011

What a cracker time of year. If you’re an athlete, chances are you’ve scarpered the country (probably long ago) to compete and train somewhere warm and exotic.

World Track and Field Champs

01 September 2011

The World Track and Field Champs are being held at the moment in Daegu, South Korea. It is being shown live on Sky TV which has meant some long hours in front of the TV.

Kiwis strong contenders at Burghley Horse Trials

01 September 2011

New Zealand has strong potential for their 13 combinations set to start at the Burghley International Horse Trials that begin today in the UK. Equestrian Sports New Zealand eventing high performance leader Erik Duvander says he couldn't be happier with the preparation of his riders for one of the top events on the global eventing calendar and the next round of the rich HSBC FEI Classics Series. One New Zealand rider to watch will be World Championship bronze medallist Andrew Nicholson. He has also won this event title twice and often finished in second place.

Call for Olympic Songwriters

01 September 2011

The New Zealand Olympic Committee is calling for songs to be written to inspire athletes at the London Olympic Games next year. Stage two of the 2012 Olympic Songwriting Competition opens today and Olympic team organisers are looking songs that reflect pride in New Zealand. All New Zealand musicians are invited to take part in the second phase of competition and top entries will be professionally produced and recorded before featuring on the Olympic Soundtrack album. The overall winner will become the official song of the New Zealand Olympic Team at London 2012.

CWYG Games Team depart for Isle of Man

01 September 2011

Youth Commonwealth Games Team depart for Isle of Man The Isle of Man 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games is set to open in a weeks time and will play host to 14 to 18 year old athletes from all over the world, including New Zealand. Isle of Man’s capital city, Douglas, will be hosting over 1000 athletes from around 69 nations at this stage when the Games take place from 7 September to 13 September this year. Sports will include swimming, athletics, boxing, gymnastics, cycling, badminton and rugby 7’s.

Valerie Adams wins gold at world champs

30 August 2011

Valerie Adams has proven her strength again after winning the World Championship held this year in Daegu, South Korea for a third consecutive time. Adams beat Belarus rival Nadzeya Ostapchuk after heaving an exceptional 21.24m throw, which was an astounding 1.19m further than Ostapchuk who came in second. For Adams it was a personal best but also broke the national and Oceanic record and equalled the world record throw set by Natalia Lisovskaya of the Soviet Union in 1987.

Prime Minister’s Olympic Gala Dinner

30 August 2011

On the 11th August the nation’s business leaders, decision makers and high profile Olympic and Commonwealth athletes came together at the second Prime Minister’s Olympic Gala Dinner. This year’s dinner, held at Sky City raised funds for the important work of the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC). As an independent, not for profit organisation donations of benefactors and members of the New Zealand business community are vital.

CWYG Prince Edward to open Games

30 August 2011

Prince Edward will officially open this year's Commonwealth Youth Games which are being held in the Isle of Man, it has been announced. The Earl of Wessex is the vice patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation and will attend the Opening Ceremony on September 8. He had also been guest of honour at the Closing Ceremony of last year's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. It will be the Earl's fourth visit to the Isle of Man and will see him speak to the hundreds of athletes who will travel to the Island from 67 Commonwealth countries.

Rugby World Cup will we win or wont we?!

29 August 2011

Well we all have an opinion – don’t we? We are famous as a nation that is very caught up in rugby.

Preparing for the final event of the season

29 August 2011

In the past month I've graduated, raced a test event on the MTB course for next year's Olympics, travelled and raced in the Czech Republic for the first time, and spent an idyllic week training and

CWYG Blog Team Uniform "is out there"

26 August 2011

Hi team, great news! Your team uniforms left Wellington today. Please look out for them tomorrow (Friday) if you live in the north island or Nelson, and Monday if you live in CHCH or south of CHCH & the west coast. Please contact us on Tuesday if you don't have your bag/gear and haven't heard from the courier. We hope you like them. Don't forget to sign up for our Facebook page to have up to date news before and during games.

Yvette Corlett recieves Olympic pin

25 August 2011

One of New Zealand’s greatest Olympians, Yvette Corlett (nee Williams) was recently presented with her Olympian’s pin, number 76, and New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) certificate “Once an Olympian, Always an Olympian”. The presentation and luncheon was organised at Yvette’s Auckland home by three-time New Zealand Olympian Ralph Robert on behalf of the New Zealand Olympic Committee. Now aged 82, Yvette missed the presentation of Olympic pins to the Auckland Olympians when they were made several years ago, due to ill health.