Kiwis on the podium at the Winter Games

24 August 2011

After the first eight days of the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games and two of New Zealand’s own have made it on to the podium. New Zealanders Jossi Wells and Rose Battersby both competed in the Big Air competition at Cardrona Alpine Resort and both finished with third place podium positions. Wells had previously earned himself two silvers earlier in the week winning both the slopestyle and halfpipe events.

Rowers gather for Olympic qualifying event

24 August 2011

Some of the world’s top rowers have begun converging in Bled ahead of the 2011 World Rowing Championships which is the first and main rowing Olympic Qualification event for London 2012. A record 68 nations are attending the World Rowing Championships in Bled this year with over 1,200 athletes ready to compete for a spot in the London 2012 Games. The most popular and highly contested event looks to be the men’s single sculls with a total of 36 nations entered, closely followed by the light weight men’s double with 34 countries being represented.

ITU Triathlon London - The Test Event

24 August 2011

2 weeks ago I was lucky enough to get the chance to race on the 2012 Olympic Games Triathlon course in Hyde Park, London.

It was a real buzz

23 August 2011

We’re back in NZ after the excitement of winning Bronze at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta.

Great learning experience

23 August 2011

The World Championships in Shanghai are completed and it was an all-around great meet for the New Zealand team.

Dave Currie impressions of London test events

22 August 2011

New Zealand Olympic Team Chef de Mission Dave Currie has recently returned from London after attending test events that are part of the London Prepares series. The test events Currie attended included the Junior Rowing World Championships on the Olympic course at Eton Dorney, the ITU World Series Triathlon at Hyde Park and the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta. The test events are being used to test crucial aspects of its Game-time operations and helping to build public excitement by giving them a chance to see world class athletes perform at Olympic venues.

Basketball Arena hosts first test event at Olympic Park

22 August 2011

The London 2012 Basketball Arena is the first to play host to competition, with the London International Basketball Invitational, at the Olympic Park as part of the London Prepares series. The Arena is only a temporary structure and is the fourth to be completed by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) in the Olympic Park this year. The venue located inside Olympic Park has a maximum capacity of 12000. However, during this test event only 3000 spectators per day will be allowed in due to safety reasons.

What’s Your Focus?

18 August 2011

What’s Your Focus? By this time next year the games will be over!!!

Confidence off the Back of Strong European Performances

17 August 2011

I'm writing this from the 32 degree heat of Hong Kong while it seems most of New Zealand (including Auckland for the first time since 1939) is experiencing snow!

Dave Currie returns from London

16 August 2011

New Zealand Olympic Team Chef de Mission Dave Currie has arrived back in New Zealand, after attending the one-year-out Chef de Mission seminar on the back of a site visit ahead of the London Olympic Games next year. Currie was one of many Chefs de Mission and delegates from over 200 National Olympic Committees (NOC) that took part in the three daylong seminar. The event was a final chance for Currie to get updates from the London 2012 Organising Committee from all the separate departments ahead of London 2012.

Just returned from London

16 August 2011

I have just returned from the Chef de Mission conference in London was held one year out from the Olympic Games which kick off on 27 July 2012.

Bronze for Burling and Tuke

15 August 2011

London Olympic Scholarship Holders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke won the 49er medal race and the Bronze medal at the Weymouth and Portland 2011 International Regatta. The medal came for the NZL Sailing Team on the final day of the Olympic test event and rounds out a solid showing from the team which includes four top four finishers in the nine events New Zealand contested. In all but two of those nine events New Zealand made the top ten gaining valuable medal race experience.