Construction complete on London 2012 Olympic Stadium

31 March 2011

The final piece of turf has been laid on the field of play in the Olympic Stadium, marking completion of construction of the venue. Construction started on the Stadium just under three years ago in May 2008 and has been completed on time, under budget and with an exemplary safety record. The final surface of the running track will be laid later this year by LOCOG. This is to ensure it is protected during the programme of temporary works at the venue including work for Opening and Closing Ceremonies that may need cranes and could damage the track. Olympic Stadium facts & figures

NZOC Welcomes Changes in High Performance Sport

30 March 2011

New Zealand Olympic Committee Welcomes Changes in High Performance Sport The New Zealand Olympic Committee welcomes steps taken towards the establishment of a new high performance sport entity for New Zealand, announced today by the Minister for Sport and Recreation. The New Zealand Olympic Committee will have strong links with the new entity and Secretary General Kereyn Smith is a member of the working group tasked with shaping the new environment.

Olympic Health Team Leader - London 2012

28 March 2011

With less than 500 days to go before the London 2012 Olympic Games, the New Zealand Olympic Committee is looking to fill a key role within the Performance Support Team. The organisation is advertising for the Health Team Leader - London 2012. The focus of the New Zealand Olympic Health team is to support team members’ health and wellbeing. The health team is to provide the highest level of performance-focused health and physical care within the inspirational, high performance environment created in the New Zealand Olympic Team.

London 2012 Mountain Bike course ready

24 March 2011

Construction of the venue for the London 2012 Mountain Bike competition has been completed. The Essex-based course will play host to both the men’s and women’s Olympic Mountain Bike competitions on the 11 and 12 August 2012, with a total of 80 cyclists (50 men and 30 women) competing for two gold medals. The venue encompasses farmland owned by The Salvation Army and the adjacent Country Park, and the open hillside setting will offer challenging gradients for riders as well as superb viewing opportunities for spectators.

Feeling for Christchurch

23 March 2011

I am sitting down here at the beach watching the kids boogie boarding, people stand up paddling, people running, families cycling, kayaking and picnicking.

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.