The first person from New Zealand to perform at the Olympic Games was Victor Lindberg, who competed for the Osborne Swimming Club of Great Britain which won the Water Polo at the 1900 Summer Olympics. Officially New Zealand has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games since 1908. For its first two Games, in 1908 and 1912, New Zealand competed with Australia in a combined Australasia team. New Zealand first sent an independent team in 1920.
The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) is the National Olympic Committee for New Zealand. The NZOC was founded in 1911, and recognised by the IOC in 1919.
New Zealand's participation in the 1976 Games was controversial, and led to a boycott of the Games by most African countries, who protested against sporting contacts between the All Blacks and apartheid South Africa.
New Zealand has also participated in most Winter Olympic Games since 1952, missing only the 1956 and 1964 Games. In 1988 the team included bobsleighers; the first entry in a winter sport other than alpine skiing.
A Little History
New Zealand is an island nation in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses – that of the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu – and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.
Somewhere between 1250 and 1300 CE, Polynesians settled in the islands that were to become New Zealand, and developed a distinctive Māori culture. In 1642, Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer, became the first European to sight New Zealand. In 1840, representatives of the British Crown and Māori Chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, making New Zealand a British colony. Today, the majority of New Zealand's population of 4.7 million is of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders. Reflecting this, New Zealand's culture is mainly derived from Māori and early British settlers, with recent broadening arising from increased immigration. The official languages are English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language, with English predominant.
New Zealand is a developed country with a market economy. New Zealand is a World Bank high-income economy and ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as health, education, economic freedom and quality of life. Nationally, legislative authority is vested in an elected, Unicameral Parliament, while executive political power is exercised by the Cabinet, led by the Prime Minister, who is currently John Key. Queen Elizabeth II is the country's head of state and is represented by a Governor-General. In addition, New Zealand is organised into 11 regional councils and 67 territorial authorities for local government purposes. The Realm of New Zealand also includes Tokelau (a dependent territory); the Cook Islands and Niue (self-governing states in free association with New Zealand); and the Ross Dependency, which is New Zealand's territorial claim in Antarctica. New Zealand is a member of the United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Pacific Islands Forum, and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.
New Zealander Olympic Triathlon Team
Here are the confirmed New Zealander triathletes to participate at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click on the athletes social media icons to read more about them.
Tony Dodds Triathlete
Tony Dodds was born on June 16, 1987 in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. He is currently ranked number one in NZ, has achieved a number of top 5′s in World Cups, and multiple top 10 finishes in the World Triathlon Series.
View full results history of Tony Dodds Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Andrea Hewitt Triathlete
Andrea Hewitt was born on April 4, 1982 in Christchurch, New Zealand. She placed third at the 2009 World Championships, 1st at the World Championship, and competed at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
View full results history of Andrea Hewitt Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Ryan Sissons Triathlete
Ryan Sissons was born on June 24, 1988 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He represented New Zealand at the 2012 London Olympics where he finished 33rd. Silver medalist at the 2010 U23 Triathlon World Championships, 5th WTS Kitzhbeul 2013, and 9th WTS Hamburg 2013.
View full results history of Ryan Sissons Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Nicky Samuels Triathlete
Nicky Samuels was born on February 28, 1983 in Whangarei, New Zealand. She represented New Zealand at the 2012 London Olympic Games. She has won the 2013 XTERRA Triathlon World Championship and the 2012 ITU Aquathlon World Championships.
View full results history of Nicky Samuels Here *Athlete information has been extracted from triathlon.org. Rankings and information may change as new data is added or corrections are made.
Since making their Olympic debut at Sydney 2000, triathletes have been pushing themselves to the limit in swimming, cycling and running, with the first to the finish line taking gold. There will be men’s and women’s individual events in Copacabana.
Today's Tri NZ was the result of the merging two competing national bodies, the New Zealand Triathlon Association and the Multisport Association of New Zealand in 1988. Formed in 1984 and 1985 respectively, the NZTA was Auckland based and the MANZ membership was largely south of the Bombay Hills.
The International Triathlon Union was founded one year later, on April 1, 1989, at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. A total of 30 National Federations attended the initial Congress and preparations were made for the sport’s first World Championships to be held in Avignon in August of 1989. At this meeting the Olympic distance was set at a 1.5-km swim, 40-km bike and 10-km run. More than 800 athletes representing 40 countries competed in the first World Championships. Canada’s Les McDonald was elected as ITU’s first president in 1989.