Youth Olympian Also Named to Commonwealth Games

10 August 2010

The New Zealand Olympic Committee has confirmed today that Youth Olympic boxer Joseph Parker has been named to the New Zealand 2010 Commonwealth Games team. Parker, at just 18 years of age, won silver in the Commonwealth Championships in Delhi earlier this year and bronze at the Youth World Championships in Baku (Azerbaijan). He also was selected to represent New Zealand at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games which kick off this week in Singapore.

Russian Born New Zealander Named to Weightlifting Team

10 August 2010

Russian-born Stanislav Chalaev has been selected as a member of the weightlifting team to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi this October. Chalaev, who was earlier this year awarded a $20,000 grant from Cadbury to fund his Commonwealth dream, moved to New Zealand from Russia at age twelve and took up weightlifting to connect with his homeland. Today at 24 years old he was named as member of seven-strong weightlifting team representing his new country.

NZOC Likens Delhi Preparation to Athens Olympics

10 August 2010

The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) is drawing similarities to the build-up to the Athens Olympic Games as issues around the construction and readiness of some venues for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi are reported with less than 60 days to the opening ceremony. The NZOC is seeking assurances from the Commonwealth Games Federation that all issues are addressed prior to athletes arriving in Delhi ahead of the October games as well as working with the New Zealand government regarding security.

First Youth Olympic Games medals unveiled!

10 August 2010

As the athletes prepare for their arrival in Singapore, the first medals for the Youth Olympic Games were unveiled. Competition takes place between 15 and 26 August, where the best performing athletes will be awarded this specially designed medal. FINA will be represented in the disciplines of Swimming and Diving.

Strong Cycling Team Named Today

05 August 2010

 The New Zealand Olympic Committee has today named a strong team, including Pro Tour stars Greg Henderson and Hayden Roulston along with their current world championship medallists, for the cycling team to contest the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The team will be the maximum allowable with 26 riders named today with one to be added while selectors expect that some track riders will be needed to cover on road events.

New Zealand Sevens Squad Named for 2010 Commonwealth Games

03 August 2010

MEDIA RELEASE 3 August 2010 The New Zealand Olympic Committee has named a 12-man Rugby Sevens squad for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October. The squad has a wealth of experience with eight of the players named all part of the current 2009/2010 National Sevens squad. Steinlager Series All Blacks Zac Guildford and Adam Thomson have also been named as well as Otago utility back Ben Smith and Wellington winger Hosea Gear, both 2009 All Blacks. Coach Gordon Tietjens said he was very pleased with the squad named today.

City of Sails Welcomes the Youth Olympic Flame

03 August 2010

The Youth Olympic Flame, on a mission to spread the spirit of Olympism to youth around the world by travelling to one celebration city in each continent, has arrived in Auckland. This marked the penultimate stop on the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame that spans five continents, as a prelude to the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

Silver Ferns Named to Commonwealth Games Team

30 July 2010

The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) together with Netball New Zealand today announced the 12-strong Netball team that will represent New Zealand, and defend their Gold Medal, at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. Former NZU21 team member and Northern Mystics player Grace Rasmussen is the new cap in the Silver Ferns side named today and is joined by three re-called Silver Ferns, shooter Daneka Wipiiti and defenders Leana de Bruin and Anna Scarlett who all make a comeback to the team.

Two years until London Olympic Games

28 July 2010

Today marks two years to the beginning of the London Olympic Games and while celebrations take place in London, around New Zealand athletes are hard at work preparing. For many, the upcoming Youth Olympic Games is an important step towards their Olympic dream. Other athletes are using the Commonwealth Games as a benchmark in the preparation to the London event.

Youth Olympic Flame Begins Journey

26 July 2010

The Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame got under way today in Olympia, Greece, with the lighting of the flame at an official ceremony outside the famed Temple of Hera. Using the sun’s rays and a parabolic mirror, a holy priestess lit the flame before entering the Ancient Olympic Stadium and passing the torch to the Journey’s first torchbearer, Apostolos Koutavas, who will represent Greece in trampoline at the Youth Olympic Games.

New Generation of Badminton Players

21 July 2010

An eight-strong badminton team has been named to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. The four men and four women from the length and breadth of New Zealand are a new generation of athletes set to follow in the footsteps of top Kiwi badminton players Sara Runesten-Petersen and Dan Shirley.