CWYG Blog - Day 5 Update

10 September 2011

Today was the first day of competition for the majority of our athletes. Adrenaline was running, blood pumping and the team was fighting fit to line up and compete. This morning our swimmers got off to a fantastic start in the pool with every swimmer qualifying for a final, including two fastest qualifying times. The team’s black NZL swimming caps could be seen at the front end of every race! A great confidence boost for the finals tonight.

CWYG Blog - Day 4 Update

09 September 2011

This morning consisted of a flurry of athlete activity; squeezing in one last session before tonight’s opening ceremony. The swimmers got down to business in the pool and practiced their speed work. Our athletics team also headed down to the National Sports Centre and practiced their starts and speed on the track.

CWYG Blog - Day 3 Update

08 September 2011

The athletes awoke with anticipation for the Team FUNction ceremony to be held mid-morning. The team caught our private chartered double-decker bus and we headed to a mystery location for our team welcome ceremony.

Final Coordination Commission visit in Innsbruck

08 September 2011

Countdown on as final Coordination Commission visit concludes in Innsbruck The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012 concluded its fourth and final visit to the Austrian host city. The Coordination Commission visit took place after three successful days of Chefs de Mission meetings with all 65 nations that will compete in Innsbruck.

CWYG Blog - Day 2 Update

07 September 2011

Today every athlete worked up a serious sweat during their pre-Games training! The boxers got off to an early start with an intense training session at the Manx Boxing Gym. Co-incidentally this gym is run by a kiwi who was only too happy to allow our boxers extra sessions. Cheers mate! The boxers certainly deserved a big breakfast after skipping and pad and bag work. The pastries however were off limits as our boxers have to maintain their competition weight (60, 64 and 75 kg)!

CWYG Blog - Day 1 Update

06 September 2011

After a busy day of travel and a good night’s sleep, today the members of the New Zealand Youth Commonwealth Games team explored their surroundings in the beautiful Isle of Man. The green fields and flocks of sheep reminded many of the athletes of home.

Athletics World Championship Roundup

05 September 2011

The IAAF World Championships in Athletics have finished in Daegu, South Korea with mixed results for Kiwi competitors. Olympic Gold Medallist, Valerie Adams claimed her third consecutive world title when she won a gold medal for her record breaking throw in the shot put of 21.24 metres.

World Rowing Champs Success

05 September 2011

Rebecca Scrown and Juliette Haigh were the first to be crowned New Zealand’s Rowing World Champions of 2011 in a nail biting victory against their British rivals just less than a year until the London Olympic Games. The New Zealand men’s pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray also added to the success with a win over the British. After a strong start and dominant lead Bond and Murray still had to fight at the finish line when the British crew came back with a last minute attack.

Six cities bid for 2020 Olympics

05 September 2011

Six cities have their bids confirmed to host the 2020 Olympics The six cities to bid for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics have been now been confirmed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Bidding to host the Olympic Games in 2020 will be Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Madrid, Rome and Tokyo. A two year campaign will now begin for the bidding cities before the host city is chosen at the Buenos Aires IOC session in 2013.

High Performance Sport New Zealand

05 September 2011

A merger of SPARC’s (Sport and Recreation New Zealand) high performance unit, the NZ Academy of Sport North Island and the NZ Academy of Sport South Island has recently come about to produce High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ), a new subsidiary of SPARC charged with making New Zealand one of the most successful sporting nations in the world.

Watching the world’s best compete

05 September 2011

What a cracker time of year. If you’re an athlete, chances are you’ve scarpered the country (probably long ago) to compete and train somewhere warm and exotic.

World Track and Field Champs

01 September 2011

The World Track and Field Champs are being held at the moment in Daegu, South Korea. It is being shown live on Sky TV which has meant some long hours in front of the TV.