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.

Olympic Movement continues promoting peace

21 January 2011

Olympic Movement continues its role in promoting peace through sport The International Olympic Committee (IOC) hosted its first meeting between the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of Israel and Palestine aimed at addressing a number of outstanding sports-related issues. Both NOCs agreed to convene in Lausanne following IOC President Jacques Rogge’s visit to the Middle East last October.

Olympic Silver Medal to be presented in Christchurch

19 January 2011

The New Zealand Olympic Committee is pleased to confirm that 1500m athlete Nick Willis will be presented with his Beijing silver medal at the International Track Meet in Christchurch on Feb 26th at QEII Stadium. Willis finished third in the glamour event of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, but was subsequently upgraded to second following the disqualification of the gold medallist, Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain.

Honouring Olympian Number 25 George Cooke

18 January 2011

A family member of George Cooke, Olympic rower and a New Zealand soldier was presented with a certificate and uniquely numbered Olympic pin at a ceremony in Wellington today. The Pin and Certificate recognise George Cooke’s achievements as an athlete and his place in New Zealand Olympic history.

New Secretary General Takes Up Role

17 January 2011

Leading sports administrator, Kereyn Smith, has taken up her role as Secretary General of the New Zealand Olympic Committee. She was appointed to the position in October. Ms Smith brings with her more than 20 years experience in sport leadership and governance and is the first woman to lead the organisation in its 100 year history. Ms Smith was chosen for her strong leadership ability, strategic expertise and commercial and financial acumen.

One year to go countdown to Innsbruck

14 January 2011

In one year - from 13 to 22 January 2012 – Innsbruck will stage the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games. 365 days before the Olympic Flame is lit, preparations are already in full swing.

Lydiard Memorabilia gifted to Olympic Museum

10 January 2011

The Olympic Museum has recently acquired the collection of inspirational and innovative New Zealand coach Arthur Lydiard. Charles Callis, Director of the Olympic Museum, says, “the Arthur Lydiard collection is a highly significant and important addition to the expanding collection of the Olympic Museum. It is my intention that the material will be publicly accessible for research purposes and Olympic Museum exhibitions.” Arthur can be credited for guiding the outstanding running careers of well known champions as Peter Snell, Bill Baillie, Sir Murray Halberg. And Barry Magee.

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