Coach: Duane Vandenboche
Club: runs professionally for Nike
Qualifying Standard: 28:09:00
Qualifying Performance: 28:07.33, Cardinal, Stanford, CA, 1 May 2005
This will be Hamish Pepper’s third Olympic Games having represented New Zealand twice before in Atlanta 1996 and in Athens 2004. Both previous appearances have been in the single-handed dinghy the Laser, and Pepper finished 10th in 1996 and 7th in 2004.
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Originally from Ashburton, Paul Ackerley, a right half, learned his hockey in Christchurch where, playing for the University club, he came under the expert eye of coach Cyril Walter.
Jaynie Parkhouse’s swimming career was brief when compared to other leading New Zealand sportsmen and women. She swam at international level for only four years. But if her peak was fleeting, it was certainly memorable.
Melbourne will be Craig’s third Commonwealth Games after Kuala Lumpur and Manchester. He won a silver medal in the 50km walk at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Craig has been the dominant race walker in New Zealand for many years and is the New Zealand record holder for the 20km, 30km and 50km disciplines.
The record books may say New Zealand’s first Olympic rowing medallists were Cyril Stiles and Fred Thompson, but to anyone who knew them, they were always Bob and Rangi.
Bob Stiles and his brother Glen were for more than a decade among the leading rowers in the country.
There are many stories of New Zealanders who narrowly missed winning an Olympic medal. Perhaps none were unluckier than Christchurch shot put and discus expert Val Young, who could easily have won not one but three Olympic medals.
Caroline Powell (nee Turner) was born in Lower Hutt in 1973, but for a long time Christchurch was home.
She moved to Scotland in 1992 to work in Clive Storey’s point-to-point yard and raced five times before “retiring”.
No-one ever exemplified the Olympic spirit of triumphing over adversity better then Murray Halberg.
Shortly before his death in 1994, Arthur Porritt was musing on the irony of his life. Through his long life, Porritt achieved an enormous amount, yet he considered he was best remembered for something he did way back in 1924 in less than 11 seconds.