Don Oliver and Les Mills were friends, training companions and sports rivals for years. Later they became business rivals, but their friendship remained as strong as ever.
Mills, who won several Commonwealth Games shot and discus gold medals, was the founder of the immensely successful Les Mills World of Fitness gyms.
Graham May lifted only briefly at international level, but in that time he gave New Zealand two sports moments that will always be remembered. Both occurred during the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games.
May defied lack of experience and strong opposition to win the gold medal in the super-heavyweight division, recalling the feat of Don Oliver a decade earlier.
Marise Chamberlain was an athlete ahead of her time. She remains New Zealand's only female Olympic track medallist and for four decades was the fastest New Zealand woman over 800m. She set world records over distances from 440 yards to the mile.
You could mount a case that Anne Audain was New Zealand’s best performed athlete of the 1980s. By 1990, she had won Commonwealth Games gold and silver medals, set a world record, was New Zealand’s fastest woman over three distances, won 10 national titles in five different events and ruled the lucrative American road circuit for the best part of a decade.
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.
Precious McKenzie was born in Durban, South Africa, in 1936 and won three Commonwealth Games weightlifting gold medals for England before throwing in his lot with New Zealand.
It’s sports trivia time. Who won a national junior hammer-throwing title, a New Zealand heavyweight weightlifting championship and was part of a champion sprint-relay combination?
Need more clues? He represented New Zealand at every Olympic and Commonwealth Games from 1958-72.
Still no? He won 13 national senior shot put titles and 11 senior discus titles.
Neroli Fairhall became the first disabled athlete to take part in an Olympic Games when she competed in the women’s archery event at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. It was yet another remarkable achievement in a unique career.