Go girls.

28 June 2011

I spent Olympic Day in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the International Olympic Committee’s headquarters are and the Olympic Museum. I was there for a Women in Sport meeting.

Certainly no contemplations of a comeback

23 June 2011

Well, while our Kiwi athletes are doing everything they can to get themselves in the best possible shape for London 2012 in 400 days’ time, having popped our second little sprogette a couple of wee

NZOC London Site Visit

22 June 2011

The London 2012 Olympic Games is just 400 days away, and New Zealand Olympic Committee representatives have recently visited London to see how progress is going. Chef de Mission Dave Currie, alongside several other NZOC representatives, met with LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) and visited Games venues and the athletes’ village. The main objective of the visit was to assess the preparations for the Games and ensure there would be no big surprises for athletes.

7 weeks before the Pre-Olympic regatta back in Weymouth

22 June 2011

We are just back from the Sail for Gold regatta in England, with not quite the result we were hoping for, finishing 12th overall.

Thousands of Kiwi Kids Celebrate Olympic Day

20 June 2011

This week, more than 4300 pupils from all over New Zealand will take part in the Olympic Day Run. The run, held annually in more than 200 countries, encourages people all over the world to get moving and participate in sporting and cultural activities, such as runs, exhibitions, music and educational seminars. Students will also be encouraged to get active and try new sports as a part of the Olympic Day themes of Learn, Move and Discover.

Innsbruck Young Ambassador Opportunity

17 June 2011

Young Ambassadors Programme; The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) has been selected to participate in the Young Ambassadors Programme coordinated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Innsbruck. We are now looking for expressions of interest from individuals aged from 18 to 25 who would like to be selected as our participant and member of the New Zealand Team to Innsbruck 2012.

Games public transport on track

17 June 2011

Public transport Games on track: Gateway station to the Games complete with test ride on DLR extension. The transport ‘Big Build’ that will help spectators and the rest of London keep moving during the Games is complete with works at the main ‘Gateway’ station for the Games now finished. Guests and media took a test ride on the newly completed Docklands Light Railway (DLR) extension from Stratford International Station for the first time. The DLR extension will open to the public this summer.

London Olympic Torch unveiled

17 June 2011

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) unveiled prototypes of the London 2012 Olympic Torch to be carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers next year. The 70-day Olympic Torch Relay will take the Olympic Flame on an 8,000 mile journey across the UK next summer. An average of 110 people a day will take centre stage by carrying the Olympic Flame on its journey before arriving at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the Cauldron at the Opening Ceremony.

Construction complete on London 2012 Basketball Arena

17 June 2011

The London 2012 Basketball Arena has become the fourth Olympic Park venue completed, more than a year ahead of the Games and is one of the quickest venues to finish construction. The Basketball Arena is one of the largest temporary venues ever used for an Olympic and Paralympic Games and will be dismantled after the Games to be reused elsewhere. Work to erect the 1,000-tonne steel frame started in March 2010.

Ben Sandford Olympic Museum Display

17 June 2011

The Olympic Museum in Wellington has a new display exhibition featuring New Zealand New Zealand skeleton racer Ben Sandford. Sandford’s helmet, specialist competition shoes with ice spikes, specialist suit and gloves are on display until the end of this year. Sandford, Olympian #991, says competing in the Torino and Vancouver Olympic Winter Games has been one of the highlights of his career. “Being able to compete at the Olympic Games is the ultimate achievement in our sport; it is the one race every four years which means more and matters more than the rest.”

Time to buckle down and get some good training in!

17 June 2011

I have now based myself in Europe for the remainder of the 2011 ITU Triathlon circuit of racing, mainly because of the wintery weather in New Zealand and the distance to races.

Olympic Ticket Confirmations to Begin Friday 1 July

16 June 2011

The first round of Olympic ticket confirmations in New Zealand are to begin on Friday 1 July. Phase I ticket applications opened in April for Kiwi sports fans and since then requests for nearly 2,000 Olympic tickets have been received by travel partners Harvey World Travel and United Travel. Chef de Mission Dave Currie says “Clearly it's been a massively popular thing and there's no surprise the event has attracted so much demand for tickets. New Zealanders are keen to be there and get in behind the team.”