Delhi athletes up for NZ's Favourite Sporting Moment

05 January 2011

Commonwealth Games athletes up for New Zealand's Favourite Sporting Moment for 2010 This year the Halberg Awards are giving the New Zealand public a chance to decide the 'most exciting, remarkable or compelling sporting moment, game or series' of 2010.

Olympic legend Yvette Williams honoured

05 January 2011

Yvette Williams (nee Corlett), had not only represented New Zealand at an Olympics but had made history as the first New Zealand woman to win an Olympic gold medal. In the New Years Honours her many athletic achievements were recognised when she was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, New Zealand's second highest royal honour. Her gold medal success in the long jump at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games set the standard for New Zealand women in sport. She was the trailblazer.

Silver Ferns Receive Highest Honour

21 December 2010

The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) has awarded the Silver Ferns the Lonsdale Cup for 2010. The Lonsdale Cup is the NZOC’s most prestigious award and goes to the athlete or team that has made the most outstanding contribution to an Olympic or Commonwealth Sport each year. The Silver Ferns were named this year’s recipient after their double extra time win against arch-rivals Australia in the final event of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. New Zealand Olympic Committee President Mike Stanley was delighted to make the announcement today.

Maister appointed to IOC Entourage Commission

20 December 2010

Barry Maister has been appointed to the newly established Entourage Commission at the IOC to address matters relating to the relationship between athletes and their coaches, agents and other support staff. The Commission is chaired by IOC Executive Board Member and Olympic pole vaulter Sergey Bubka and includes Sir Clive Woodward (current Director of Elite Performance at the British Olympic Association), Pat McQuaid (President of the UCI) and gold medal winning ice hockey player Angela Ruggiero (USA).

Olympic Solidarity Grants – 2012

13 December 2010

We have opened applications for National Activity Programme grants for 2012. These Olympic Solidarity grants are designed for the development of legacy projects by member sports. Coaching training programmes/conferences, training camps for athletes, development of talent id programmes are all ideal – we’re looking for a programme that has long term benefits. The total fund is USD65,000.

The Search continues - We’re still looking for Olympians

13 December 2010

The Search continues - We’re still looking for Olympians Last week, we presented the family of our first female Olympian, Violet Walrond, with Olympic pin number nine. While more than 80 percent of our nation’s Olympians have been presented with their awards and pins, there are still those who have not able to be contacted.

The Search continues - We’re still looking for Olympians

09 December 2010

Last week, we presented the family of our first female Olympian, Violet Walrond, with Olympic pin number nine. While more than 80 percent of our nation’s Olympians have been presented with their awards and pins, there are still those who have not able to be contacted.

IOC and UNHCR team up to help young refugees in Namibia

08 December 2010

IOC and UNHCR team up to help young refugees in Namibia As part of its initiatives to promote sport as an agent for social change, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) teamed up with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) this week to launch an ambitious three-year Sport and Education programme for young people in the Osire refugee settlement in Namibia.

IOC concludes successful third visit to Innsbruck

08 December 2010

IOC concludes successful third visit to Innsbruck With just over one year until the inaugural Youth Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, preparation in the Austrian city is well underway and looking to provide an outstanding development opportunity for talented young New Zealand athletes. The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck 2012 has just finished its third visit to the Austrian host city, following three days of meetings.

Honouring Olympian Number Nine Violet Walrond

02 December 2010

New Zealand Olympic Committee to present Violet Walrond’s pin to family New Zealand Olympic Committee will honour New Zealand’s first female Olympian in a ceremony tomorrow in Wellington. The family of swimmer Violet Walrond who represented New Zealand at the 1920 Olympic Games will be presented with a uniquely numbered Olympic pin and certificate. Miss Walrond was just fifteen when she travelled by ship to Antwerp accompanied by her father as chaperone. She lost significant condition on the long journey but nevertheless finished a credible fifth in the final.

In honour of Te Aue Davis

02 December 2010

The weaver of the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s kakahu (cloak) Te Aue Davis, died on the 28th of November at the age of 85. Ms. Davis holds a special place in the history of the New Zealand Olympic Committee. The cloak, known as Te Mahutonga (Southern Cross), is worn at Olympic Summer and Winter Games Opening Ceremonies by the team flagbearer. Te Mahutonga was presented to the New Zealand Olympic Committee by the Maori Queen, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, in 2004 and is a symbol of the Maori traditions at the core of our unique team culture.

Ticketing Changes Benefit Athletes

25 November 2010

The London Olympic Games Organising Committee (LOCOG) has announced an innovative ticketing system that guarantees event access to athlete friends and family. The new system makes it easier for athletes to have the right people in the stands to support them as they compete. More than 70,000 tickets are to be held back from general distribution. LOCOG's athlete purchase ticket programme will be activated in 2012. Tickets will be offered to athletes before and during the Games, once the full list of competing athletes participating in each session has been finalised.

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