Like Ryan Nelsen and Simon Elliott before him, Craig is combining a burgeoning football career with an Ivy League education, in Craig's case at Dartmouth College. A balanced athlete, the livewire playmaker is also a versatile attacker operating as an attacking midfielder even higher up the field working off a main striker.
With over 50 caps for the All Whites (including 48 'A' internationals), Simon injects vital experience, and a dead ball threat, to a young Oly Whites midfield.
Billy Savidan, born in Auckland in 1902, became an athletics immortal on two counts when he won the six-mile gold medal at the 1930 Empire Games in Hamilton, Canada.
He became the first person ever to win a gold medal at an Empire Games - achievement enough. But what made him famous was the manner in which he won the race.
With Olympic silver and bronze medals plus a world title, Bevan Docherty has had a career any New Zealand athlete would be proud of. Yet the New Zealander, the country’s top triathlete for several years and one of the most respected competitors in the world, has strangely struggled for the recognition at home that his feats have warranted.
Peter Snell stands at the top of New Zealand sport. In 2000 he was voted New Zealand Athlete of the Century. In 1990, at the inaugural New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame induction, he was given the privilege of being the first person honoured.
All the talk in the modern era of big-time athletics about money and drugs was lost on Stan Lay.
Lay, who died in 2003, just before his 97th birthday, was at his peak between the two world wars when neither money nor drugs was a factor.
John Walker, the third of New Zealand’s triumvirate of great milers, was very much a man of his times. Whereas his predecessors, Jack Lovelock and Peter Snell, were understated and tended to shy away from publicity, Walker was always comfortable in front of the television cameras.