Barbara Kendall candidate to Olympic seat

April 7, 2011 | Windsurfing
Barbara Kendall: Kiwi hero

A former windsurfing champion from New Zealand, a canoeing official from Spain and Argentina's national Olympic committee chief are in line to become members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The IOC executive board nominated three new members for election at the International Olympic Committee general assembly in Durham, South Africa, in July.

The candidates are: Barbara Kendall, who competed for New Zealand in windsurfing at five Olympics and won a gold medal in 1992, Argentina Olympic Committee president Gerardo Werthein and International Canoe Federation president Jose Perurena.

Barbara is the sister of Bruce Kendall, who is also an Olympic Gold medallist. She is married with two children.

Kendall officially retired from competitive board sailing in May 2010 and announced that she would now be refocussing her energies on her new dance studio.

She was New Zealand's Sports Woman of the Year in 1996, 1998 and 1999 and 2002 and has been inducted into the International Sailing Hall of Fame, in 2007. uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.