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.

Epic Close to Games

15 October 2010

New Zealand’s Delhi campaign came to an epic close today as New Zealand’s Silver Ferns claimed gold against Australia in the final event of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. An ecstatic Irene van Dyk surrounded by her team mates accepted accolades from the dozens of Kiwi athletes who turned out to spur the Silver Ferns to victory. Gold medalists Valerie Adams and Joelle King, together with teammates from cycling, weightlifting, swimming, gymnastics and more had rallied behind the Silver Ferns.

Gold for netballers

14 October 2010

The Silver Ferns finished New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games campaign in brilliant style today by beating world champions Australia 66-64 to win the netball gold medal. The match, one of the most memorable ever played, was level at 47-47 at the end of fulltime, and when the 14 minutes of extra time was played, the score was 58-58. From there it went into golden goal – the first team to lead by two would win. The teams, so evenly matched, fought all the way to 64-64 before Maria Tutaia, New Zealand’s star player, sank the winning shots.

Hockey men grab bronze

14 October 2010

The third-seeded New Zealand men’s hockey team grabbed the Commonwealth Games bronze medal today, beating England in a penalty shootout after scores had been deadlocked at 3-3 at the end of fulltime and extra time. The result was ironic for New Zealand hockey because yesterday the women’s Black Sticks dipped out in their gold medal match against Australia when they lost a penalty shootout.

New Zealand Medal Tally

14 October 2010

New Zealand has ended the XIX Commonwealth Games with a total medal count of 36 medals including six gold. Total: 6 Gold, 22 Silver and 8 Bronze Netball - Gold Athletics - 1 Gold, 5 Silver, 2 Bronze Gold Valerie Adams - Womens shotput Silver Stuart Farquhar - Javelin Nikki Hamblin - 800m Nikki Hamblin - 1500m Jessica Hamill - parasport shot put Brent Newdick - Decathlon Bronze Nick Willis - 1500m Andrea Miller - 100m hurdles Road Cycling - 2 silver Silver Linda Villumsen - Individual time Trial Hayden Roulston - Road Race

Shooters Strike Gold

14 October 2010

New Zealander shooters Mike Collings and John Snowden survived a nerve-jangling 6½-hour wait before being confirmed as Commonwealth Games fullbore pairs gold medallists today. In scenes more like the aftermath of an America’s Cup yachting race than a shooting competition, there were protests, provisional re-shoots, problems with scoring and with the electronic targets.

Bowls silver for Smith

14 October 2010

New Zealander Val Smith, who had a dismal start to her Commonwealth Games campaign, went within one match of winning the gold medal today. Eventually the Nelson bowler, the current world singles champion, lost in the final to young English bowler Natalie Melmore 7-6, 11-2. Smith began her time in Delhi with four losses from her first six games and it seemed she was out of semi-final contention. However, she fought back gamely and put together a six-match winning streak that took her all the way to the final.

Gold and silver for squash players

14 October 2010

Joelle King was the toast of the New Zealand squash this evening after coming away from the Commonwealth Games with gold and silver medals. King, the rising star of New Zealand squash, teamed with Jaclyn Hawkes to win the women’s doubles. Then she and Martin Knight lost a long, tough final of the mixed doubles. In the women’s doubles, King and Hawkes beat the English pairing of Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro 11-9, 11-10 in a knife-edge encounter. After trailing 10-6 in the second game, King and Hawkes peeled off five straight points to seal the match.

Heartbreaking defeat for hockey women

14 October 2010

New Zealand were denied a Commonwealth Games women’s hockey gold medal by the cruelest of circumstances today. The higher-ranked Australian beat New Zealand in the final in a penalty shootout after scores were locked at 2-2 at full-time and after 15 minutes of golden goal extra time.Australia won the shootout 4-2. The New Zealanders showed their fighting spirit by equalising at 2-2 with only 35 seconds of normal time remaining. They had the better of the second half and had plenty of chances in the extra time period.

Villumsen takes silver in time trial

13 October 2010

New Zealand cyclist Linda Villumsen was pipped for the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games women's road time trial today. Denmark-born Villumsen, who gained New Zealand citizenship in December, was just five seconds slower than Canadian Tara Whitten. Whitten clocked 38min 59.30s over the 29km course. Villumsen's time was 39min 04.15sec. The 25-year-old New Zealander was disappointed afterwards not to have turned silver into gold. "Silver is good but I really wanted to win this one," she said. “I'm a bit disappointed in myself."

Smith final bowls hope

13 October 2010

World champion singles bowler Val Smith kept New Zealand’s bowls medal hopes alive today. Smith, who began her Commonwealth Games campaign poorly, has rebounded well and today beat Claire Johnston of Scotland 9-7, 6-5 to remain in contention. She will now face Australian Kelsey Cottrell in the semi-finals. Meanwhile Ali Forsyth, New Zealand’s men’s singles representative, was eliminated by Australian Leif Selby today. Forsyth needed one more victory to make the semi-finals. Forsyth said he was reasonably happy with how he had gone at the games.

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