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.

Emotional Willis Accepts Silver

28 February 2011

An emotional Nick Willis accepted his Olympic Silver medal on Saturday in front of friends, family and fans in a packed Wellington stadium. The medal ceremony was the highlight of a fundraising track meet organised to help the people of Christchurch after Tuesday’s devastating earthquake. The fundraiser concluded with an all-star mile featuring top US miler Alan Webb, Britain's Lee Emanuel, sub-4 milers Will Leer and Brandon Bethke. Willis pushed through a strong Southerly wind to win the race in a time of three minutes 58.37 seconds.

Top Names Confirmed for Track Meet Fundraiser

24 February 2011

Elite athletes scheduled to run in the now-postponed International Track Meet in Christchurch have confirmed they will take part in a fundraising event in Wellington this Saturday (eds 26 February) to raise money for the Salvation Army’s Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. The meet, organised by Nick Willis together with the New Zealand Olympic Committee and members of the Wellington athletics community, will feature United States’ top miler Alan Webb, Britain's Lee Emanuel, sub-4 milers Will Leer and Brandon Bethke as well as Willis himself.

Nick Willis Christchurch Fundraising Event and Olympic Silver Medal Presentation

23 February 2011

Nick Willis Christchurch Fundraising Event and Olympic Silver Medal Presentation Saturday 26 February Newtown Park, Wellington The New Zealand Olympic Committee expresses its deepest sympathy for those affected by the Christchurch earthquake and, in particular, the Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes and their families from the Canterbury region.

Willis Medal Presentation Postponed

23 February 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Christchurch at this time and, in particular, members of our Olympic family from the Canterbury region. As you will understand, the International Track Meet scheduled to take place this weekend at QEII stadium has been indefinately postponed as has the presentation of Nick Willis' Olympic silver medal. We are currently working with Nick to arrange an alternative medal presentation and will advise details in due course.

Olympic Museum Director graduates from MEMOS XIII

18 February 2011

Charles Callis, New Zealand Olympic Committee’s Olympic Museum Director, recently graduated from the MEMOS XIII programme with an Executive Masters Degree in sports management. Charles’ project and dissertation was on the subject of The Role, Place and Purpose of Olympic Museums within National Olympic Committees.

London 2012 competition schedule announced

17 February 2011

The New Zealand Olympic Committee is pleased to advise you that the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has released the complete sports competition schedule.

Sir John Walker Proud to Present Olympic Medal

15 February 2011

Middle distance legend Sir John Walker is to present the Olympic silver medal to Beijing 1500m medallist Nick Willis at the International Track Meet in Christchurch on February 26th, the New Zealand Olympic Committee announced today. Willis originally received the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games but was subsequently upgraded to silver following the disqualification of Rashid Ramzi for a doping violation. Willis expressed his delight at being presented with the medal by his boyhood hero, describing it as "a great, great honour".

Delhi Games athletes winners at Halbergs

11 February 2011

New Zealand's top-ranked swimmer Gareth Kean won the Emerging Talent Award. The 19-year-old won the 200m backstroke silver at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi - a result which also lifted him to eighth in the world. Also last year, Kean won double gold at the Junior Pacific Championships in Hawaii and three bronze medals at the 2010 Mare Nostrum, a European swimming series.

Olympic Preparations on Track 18 Months Out

26 January 2011

Today marks 18 months until the opening of the London Olympic Games on July 27 2012 . London is already well on track to be ready in time for the games with a number of venues including the Weymouth/Portsmouth sailing venue, the rowing venue at Eton Durney and the purpose-built Lee Valley White Water Centre which will host Canoe Slalom already complete. There are currently more than12,000 people working on the Olympic Park and Athletes' Village construction sites and all permanent venues are on track to be completed by July this year, one year out from the games.

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