Until Danyon Loader’s arrival, Anthony Mosse was arguably the finest swimmer produced by New Zealand.
Initially Chris Timms’ sports passion was mountain climbing. Timms, born in 1947, was a university student in Christchurch in the 1960s and would climb whenever possible until in 1966 he was seriously injured after falling 200 feet on to an ice edge while climbing Met Elie de Beaumont at the head of the Tasman Glacier. A friend was killed in the same fall.
Jesse Sergent, born in Feilding in 1988, has become one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed cyclists.
He showed early on he could mix it with the best, when he was a member of the 2005 gold medal-winning team pursuit at the junior world championships.
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.
For some years, Dick Quax had a love-hate relationship with the New Zealand public.
It’s doubtful if any New Zealand sportsman has run the gamut of public emotion like cherubic-faced sailor Russell Coutts.
Dave Gerrard covered the full gamut really – champion swimmer, sports doctor, Olympic and Commonwealth Games team selector and New Zealand team chef de mission.
Glasgow 2014 will be the fourth Commonwealth Games for Valerie. The 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony Flagbearer, Valerie has been dubbed New Zealand’s Golden Girl. She competed at the 2002 games in Manchester, placing 2nd at the 2006 games in Melbourne, where she placed 1st, and at the 2010 games in Delhi, where again she placed 1st.
Li Chunli was China’s gift to New Zealand sport.
She was born in Guiping, Guangxi, China, in 1962. Like so many other Chinese, she was already playing sport seriously as a nine-year-old. It was soon obvious she had a special affinity for table tennis and during her teenage years she attended a special table tennis school.