When Kiwis Fly

A Sports Tour of Great Britain
New Zealanders at the 2012 Olympics:

Dorney Lake is owned by Eton College - the 550 year old school has been school to Princes, future Kings, business leaders and 19 British Prime Ministers.

The lake was home to the Rowing World Championships in 2006, when Maher Drysdale won gold in the Single Scull.
It was a "Golden Friday" as Men's Pair Hamish Bond and Eric Murray won the Men's Pair with consumate ease and Mahe Drysdale won the Single Sculls in a hard fought contest. 

"Fluid," "flowing" and  "efficient" were some of the adjectives the commentators used. The adjectives we're using are "stunning," "spectacular" and most importantly, GOLDEN!

Fabulous Friday was on the back of Thursday's efforts when Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan won gold in the Double Sculls. 

Did you know, rowing has been on the schedule of every modern Olympic Games? The sport got off to a rocky start, however, as all of the rowing at the first Olympics in Athens in 1896 had to be cancelled due to stormy seas.

Still on the water, Lisa Carrington won a gold medal in the K1 200 metre Canoeing. 

The sailing took place at Weymouth on England's south coast.  New Zealand's Women's 470 team of Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie won a gold medal.

Valerie Adams won the gold medal in the Women's Shot Put after Belarussian Nadezhda Ostapchuk was disqualified for failing a drugs test.

Did you know that while there have been athletics championships dating back to 776 BC, the earliest recorded modern athletic meeting with numerous events was in Shropshire in 1840 at the Royal Shrewsbury School Hunt?

Other New Zealand Medallists:

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke - Sailing
Sarah Walker - Women's BMX
Teams Event - Equestrian
Juliette Haigh & Rebecca Scown - Rowing
Peter Talor & Storm Uru - Rowing
Men's Team Pursuit - Cycling
Simon van Velthooven - Men's Keirin - Cycling

New Zealanders at the 1948 Olympics:

Ngaire Lane (later Galloway) swam in the 100 metres backstroke. 

At the conclusion of the swimming events, a bridge was put across the pool and a boxing ring was put in place. At dusk, the light shimmering from the pool was apparently spectacular. In the ring, Bob Goslin fought as a featherweight and lost his opening round bout.

On the athletics track at Wembley, John Holland ran in the 400 metres hurdles while Doug Harris ran in the 800 metres. Harris finished second in his heat but tore a tendon in his semifinal and had to be carried from the track. 

Harold Nelson had the honour of carrying New Zealand's flag, was team captain and competed in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres.

Maurice Crow finished 8th in 56kg weightlifting. while Nick Carter cycled in the road race.

Coming only three years after the end of World War II, these Olympics were known as The Austerity Games. New Zealand's athletes took six weeks to get to London by boat. The athletes did their best to train on board, including running round the deck, but Bob Goslin put on so much weight while travelling, he almost had to fight in a different weight category.

New Zealanders at the 1908 Olympics:

Harry Kerr was the first New Zealander to win an Olympic medal. His bronze in the 3500 metre walk is now a trivia question, but Kerr was a trailblazer for every New Zealand Olympian who followed in his footsteps. Kerr was inducted in to The New Zeland Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

The other two New Zealanders who competed in 1908 (as part of the combined Australasia team) were also track athletes. Henry Murray ran 16.30 seconds for the 110 metres hurdles but did not qualify for the next round. His time of 59.50 seconds was not fast enough in the 400 metres hurdles.

Albert Rowland finished two places (and just over four seconds) behind Harry Kerr in the 3500 metre walk. He also competed in the 10 mile walk but did not qualify for the final.