Christchurch have made us proud

14 September 2011

One of the exciting things about an Olympic Team is the impact it has on the country. The New Zealand Olympic Team of 200 athletes and 100 support staff are from all over the country.

Christchurch hosting the official welcome home

14 September 2011

Today I was lucky to be able to go home to Christchurch for the day for a New Zealand Olympic Committee function where it was announced that Christchurch would be hosting the official welcome home

Christchurch to host welcome home

14 September 2011

OLYMPIC SUPPORT FOR CHRISTCHURCH The people of Christchurch were given a major boost today with the news that the garden city will host the official Welcome Home Event of the New Zealand Olympic Team after the London Olympic Games next year. Olympic athletes Alison Shanks (cycling), Valerie Adams (athletics) and Mahe Drysdale (rowing) have already pledged their support.

Isle of Man Commonwealth Youth Games Closed

14 September 2011

The 2011 Isle of Man Commonwealth Youth Games has officially closed with a ceremony and lively athletes' party to mark the end of the fourth Commonwealth Youth Games. A 1500-strong audience of athletes, officials and VIPs, were treated to a 30-minute show, before speeches from David Cretney, the Isle of Man Government’s Minister for Community, Culture and Leisure, and President of the Commonwealth Games Federation the Hon. Michael Fennell.

Russia NZ MOU to Benefit Sport and Business

13 September 2011

The New Zealand Olympic Committee has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Russia which signals a commitment to connect the two countries through sport and the Olympic Movement. A meeting between Olympic and government representatives today preceded the signing of the agreement by Deputy Prime Minister of Russia His Excellency Alexander Zhukov and President of the New Zealand Olympic Committee Mike Stanley. New Zealand and Russian business, athletes, sport and education will benefit from this new phase in cooperation.

Isle of Man NZ 4th on medal table

13 September 2011

The Isle of Man Commonwealth Youth Games has concluded with New Zealand coming in fourth on the medals table. New Zealand finished with a total of 20 medals including six gold, six silver and eight bronze. The Games proved a success for New Zealand swimmers who picked up most of New Zealand’s medals.

Sochi 2014 Coordination Meeting

13 September 2011

Three days of meetings have begun for the sixth meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for Sochi 2014. The meeting, being held at the Black Sea Coast resort, will bring together the IOC Coordination Commission the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee and other key stakeholders. The meeting will give a chance for the IOC Coordination Commission to receive updates on a range of topics related to Sochi 2014 Games.

London Canoe Sprint Invitational International Regatta

13 September 2011

The first international sprint regatta to be held in more than 30 years in Great Britain has recently taken place at Eton Dorney. The London Canoe Sprint Invitational International Regatta was the 18th event of the London Prepares series to take place. The event involved two-hundred athletes from 30 countries and featured all the Olympic events with the exception of the K4 races, and followed the exact same schedule at the 2012 Summer Olympics. It also saw eight athletes in each race and each class had three rounds and a B final.

Sochi on track with preparations for 2014

13 September 2011

The preparations for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are well under way with the Olympic Park on schedule for completion by next year. A central Olympic Park is being created that will be able to accommodate for up to 75,000 people and for the first time in Olympic history all the ice events will be in walking distance of each other. The Olympic Park will also host the main Olympic Village, the International Broadcasting Centre and the Main Press Centre.

Visit London Olympic Park

13 September 2011

Kiwis have the chance to visit Olympic Park venue before London 2012 Olympics begin. Kiwis in London or those who will be over in the UK before the London 2012 Olympic Games have the chance to see the Olympic Park venue before the Games begin next year. The Olympic Park and its ‘big build’ has now been opened to the public to view for the fifth year running. Over 200,000 visitors have already visited Olympic Park where there are bus tours available and for the first time this year the tours extended to taking a look at the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre.

Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive announced

13 September 2011

David Grevemberg has been appointed as the Chief Executive for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The role for Grevemberg includes being responsible for the Organising Committee for Glasgow 2014 and making sure planning for the Games is delivered on time, on budget and across all functioning aspects. Grevemberg, an international multi-sport games athlete, spectator and organiser, was appointed after a world-wide search was conducted for the best candidate.

CWYG Blog - Day 8 Update

13 September 2011

Our last day on the Isle of Man was spent in Castletown and at the Villa Marina later for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Youth Games. We travelled to Castletown in the morning by steam train! Many of the team commented on feeling like ‘Harry Potter heading to Hogwarts’. The gentle lull of the steam engine travelling through the countryside put many members to sleep during the journey.

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