Anita debuted for New Zealand in 2003. A goal keeper, she is calm and controlled in the defensive circle and is technically sound. Anita has played over 35 test matches for New Zealand, the Beijing Olympic Games will be her first Olympic experience.
Mike O'Rourke carried on a fine tradition of New Zealand javelin throwers that began with Stan Lay in the 1920s and continued with Gavin Lovegrove and Kirsten Hellier in the 1990s, and then Stuart Farquhar.
O’Rourke, born in Croydon, New South Wales, in 1955, was eight times the national javelin champion and competed in three Commonwealth Games and one Olympics.
Joelle King, born in Cambridge in 1988, won bronze in the singles event in Glasgow. This was Joelle's third Commonwealth Games medal and a further reminder of her consistency and performance at the top level of international squash competition.
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.
Nigel Avery, born in 1967, arrived on the national sports scene as a track and field athlete, a shot putter and, more impressively, as a triple jumper. His family was heavily involved in athletes – his father, Graeme, was a key official in the East Coast Bays club - and Nigel was soon winning titles and setting records.