The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) has recognised outgoing NZOC President Mike Stanley for his outstanding contribution to the Olympic movement.

Stanley received the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Merit Award at the XXVI ANOC General Assembly in Seoul, South Korea.

The ANOC Merit Award is ANOC’s highest honour and was created to recognise persons who have in an exceptional way furthered or contributed to the work of the Association. The ANOC Merit Award was formally presented to Stanley in a ceremony taking place during an ANOC General Assembly.

“It has been an absolute honour to work in the field of sport,” said Stanley.

“I have met so many fine people who are working to make the world a better place through sport and I am deeply humbled by this award.”

An Olympian and World Champion Rower, Stanley has been New Zealand Olympic Committee President since 2009 and has served on the Board since 2003.

During this time, Stanley made an exceptional contribution to both the NZOC, and Olympic and Commonwealth sport in New Zealand. His leadership as President has seen the New Zealand Olympic Committee become globally recognized for its commitment to integrity, athlete voice and wellbeing, gender equality and team culture. He has been an active supporter of gender equality and has advocated for gender balanced boards and commissions throughout New Zealand sport.

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