New Zealand Olympic Committee
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|Secretary General||Kereyn Smith|
The New Zealand Olympic Committee (before 1994, The New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association) is the body in New Zealand responsible for selecting athletes to represent New Zealand in the Summer and Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games.
While a founder member of the International Olympic Committee, New Zealand did not send its own team to compete until the Games of the VI Olympiad (Antwerp 1920), though at the 1908 and 1912 Summer Olympics New Zealand and Australia competed as "Australasia". New Zealand has sent a team to every Summer Olympic Games since 1920, though only a token team of four went to the 1980 Summer Olympics at Moscow. New Zealand first competed at the Winter Olympics in 1952, but did not compete in the 1956 or 1964 Winter Olympics.
New Zealand has sent a team to every Commonwealth Games since the first in 1930, which was held in Canada and then called the British Empire Games. They are held every four years, in between the Olympic Games.
The NZOC emblem consisting of a depiction of a silver fern (New Zealand's sporting emblem) superimposed on the Olympic Rings was created as a marketing symbol in 1979 (which was initially in all-white on a black background). It was first publicly used at an Olympic Games at the Games of the XXII Olympiad (Moscow 1980, in which observers thought that the fern was an olive branch of peace)—New Zealand competed under this flag to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. It went to its current colored version in 1994.
International Olympic Committee
The NZOC (New Zealand Olympic Committee) is the National Olympic Committee for New Zealand. The NZOC was founded in 1911 and recognized by the IOC in 1919. Former New Zealand members of the International Olympic Committee are:
- Leonard Cuff (1894-1905), 1st, one of the founding members (also Australia)
- Richard Coombes 2nd (1912-1919) (also Australia)
- Arthur A. Marryatt 3rd (1919-1923)
- Joseph Firth 4th (1923-1927)
- Sir Bernard Freyberg 5th (1928-1930)
- Cecil J. Wray 6th (1931-1934)
- Sir Arthur Porritt 7th (1934-1967)
- Sir Lance Cross 8th (1969-1987)
- Tay Wilson 9th (1988-2006)
- Barbara Kendall 10th (Oceania athletes' representative from 2005 to 2008)
Current International Olympic Committee members are:
- Paralympics New Zealand
- New Zealand at the Olympics
- New Zealand at the Paralympics
- New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games
- New Zealand Olympic medallists
- Lonsdale Cup
- New Zealand Olympic Committee website
- New Zealand Olympic Team website for London 2012 Summer Olympic Games
- International Olympic Committee members in New Zealand