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.

Songs that a stadium can sing

23 November 2010

Anthem in Black Songwriting Competition - Create the Soundrack for the London Olympic Games Play it Strange and the New Zealand Olympic Committee are proud to present the 2011 Anthem in Black Songwriting Competition. In 2012 New Zealand is back at the Olympic Games. The NZ Olympic Committee is looking for ten anthemic songs that mirror the ambitions for our great athletes.

Dick Fosbury enjoys visit to NZ

19 November 2010

The New Zealand Olympic Committee invited Olympic and athletics legend Richard (Dick) Fosbury to New Zealand to attend the Golden Girls Dinner. Fosbury a former track and field athlete who revolutionized the high jump event, using a back-first technique, now known as the Fosbury Flop enjoyed his visit to New Zealand.

Fosbury Special Guest at Golden Girls Dinner

19 November 2010

The New Zealand Olympic Committee hosted a dinner on Thursday 18th November held at the Heritage Hotel to honour six of New Zealand’s most outstanding and respected sports women. Special guest, US Olympian Richard (Dick) Fosbury, who revolutionized athletics with the ‘Fosbury Flop’, was invited to New Zealand by the New Zealand Olympic Committee as part of the occasion. Dick Fosbury was present at the dinner and also took part in a number of events around Auckland including coaching and speaking engagements.

New Zealand honours Golden Girls

11 November 2010

The New Zealand Olympic Committee will host a dinner on Thursday 18th November to honour six of New Zealand's most outstanding and respected sportswomen. These sportswomen have each won an Olympic gold medal and are the only New Zealand women to do so. The gold medal winning women are: Yvette Corlett (nee Williams) - Helsinki 1952, Athletics (long jump) Barbara Kendall - Barcelona 1992, Boardsailing (Lechner) Sarah Ulmer - Athens 2004, Cycling (Individual Pursuit) Caroline Meyer (nee Evers-Swindell) - Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, Rowing (Double sculls)

Key NZ winter sports likely for Sochi

26 October 2010

KEY NZ WINTER SPORTS LIKELY FOR OLYMPIC PROGRAMME Three key winter events are a step closer to being included in the Sochi Olympic Winter Games programme and, if included, will provide a significant step forward for winter Olympic sport in New Zealand. The three events are Ski Halfpipe, Ski Slopestyle and Snowboard Slopestyle.

ASB Olympic Schools offers Kiwi kids medal glory

21 October 2010

New programme offers Kiwi kids Olympic medal glory Children from around the country will have the opportunity to stand tall on the podium to receive their own gold, silver and bronze medals as part of the ASB Olympic Schools programme launched today at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate in Auckland.

NZOC Announces New Secretary General

21 October 2010

New Zealand Olympic Committee Announces New Secretary General The New Zealand Olympic Committee has today named a new Secretary General to lead Olympic and Commonwealth sport into the new decade. Kereyn Smith will be the first woman to lead the organisation and brings with her more than twenty years in sport leadership and governance both at both a national and international level.

NZ finalists in Commonwealth Sports Awards

19 October 2010

New Zealand finalists in Commonwealth Sports Awards New Zealand has made the finalists in the following categories for the 29th Annual Commonwealth Sports Awards to be held in Birmingham on the 6th November 2010: Outstanding Female Elite Athlete with Disability Sophie Pascoe Outstanding Young Achiever Sam Webster Most Outstanding Team All Whites Lifetime Achievement Susie Simcock Susie Simcock, Sam Webster and Sophie Pascoe are travelling to Birmingham to attend the awards.