Gold Medallist Yvette Corlett accepts Honour

07 April 2011

The fighting spirit of Yvette Corlett was evident as she received her New Year's Honour for services to athletics today in Auckland. Four years ago she underwent surgery on her brain and almost lost her ability to walk. But New Zealand's first female gold medallist fought back from illness and proudly walked up to Governor General Anand Satyanand to collect her New Year's Honour at Auckland's Government House. Yvette Corlett was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, CNZM.

Chef to lead strengthened Sochi Team

07 April 2011

New Zealand winter sport has received a major boost with the inclusion of ski half pipe on the programme for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Jossi Wells (20) and younger brother Byron (19) are already making their marks in ski half-pipe internationally and the inclusion of the event will significantly strengthen New Zealand’s winter sport programme. Jossi finished 2010 as the world’s number one.

Kendall nominated for IOC role

07 April 2011

New Zealand Olympian and boardsailing great Barbara Kendall is in line to become a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Kendall, who won gold at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, is one of three new members nominated for election at the general assembly in Durham, South Africa, in July. Kendall competed at five Summer Olympic Games for New Zealand, earning a silver in Atlanta in 2006 and a bronze at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Babara has been on the IOC's Athletes' Commission since 2005.

Proud Kiwi Youngsters Inspire Olympic Team

07 April 2011

Primary School children are helping New Zealand win more gold medals at next year’s Olympic Games. School children from around the country have entered the Anthem in Black song writing competition designed to inspire our athletes at London 2012. Entries reflected national pride captured what it means to represent New Zealand on the world’s stage. The nationwide competition was also open to secondary school students and professional musicians.

Olympic Magic Inspires School Children

05 April 2011

School children are receiving their own Olympic medals this term from Olympic hero Danyon Loader.

Currie Dedicated to Olympic Team

04 April 2011

The New Zealand Olympic Committee is putting more resource behind the London Olympic Games Team and is calling for a dedicated Chef de Mission more than a year out from the games. Dave Currie has accepted the enhanced position. The announcement comes as Currie resigns from his role with New Zealand Cricket. The need for a dedicated Chef de Mission sixteen months out from the games reflects the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s commitment to the success of the London Olympic Games Team.

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.