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.

Rio unveils new logo to world

06 January 2011

Rio de Janeiro unveiled its 2016 Olympics logo before more than one million New Year's revellers on Copacabana beach. The flowing symbol resembles three figures - orange, green and blue - embraced at the arms and in a flowing dance. "The logo for Rio's 2016 Games conveys passion and transformation. The passion of all Cariocas (Rio citizens) and Brazilians for sport and celebration," said Carlos Nuzman, president of the Rio Olympic organising committee. "And the transformation that the Games are already bringing to Rio and to Brazil."

Games athletes feature as Halberg finalists

05 January 2011

Commonwealth Games athletes feature as Halberg Awards finalists In the sportswoman of the year category all five finalists - Valerie Adams (athletics), Casey Williams (netball), Joelle King (squash), Nikki Hamblin (athletics) and Alison Shanks (cycling) - were chosen for performances at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.  

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.