Barbara Kendall: Kiwi legend

Former New Zealand Olympic champions, Hamish Carter and Barbara Kendall announced their positions as Athlete Role Models for the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Their new roles will see both Carter and Kendall attend the Youth Olympic Games to inspire and encourage the team of 58 promising New Zealand athletes.

The Youth Olympic Games aims to provide young athletes with an international sporting platform.

The Youth Olympic Games isn’t just about competing on the world stage, it also includes a Culture and Education Programme designed to engage and encourage athletes to be true champions by adopting the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, and respect. Four times New Zealand sports woman of the year Barbara Kendall says:

“The Youth Olympic Games is a fantastic opportunity for young athletes around the world to come together, compete and celebrate the Olympic spirit. I am confident that this talented New Zealand team will do just that! I can’t wait to inspire and encourage them to adopt and embrace the Olympic values to enjoy a successful Youth Olympic Games for New Zealand.”

The Youth Olympic Games run 14-24 August in Singapore and will play host to 5,000 talented young athletes between 14 and 18 years of age from 205 National Olympic Committees along with an estimated 20,000 local and international volunteers, and more than 370,000 spectators.


SOURCE: Windsurfing New Zealand