Barbara Kendall

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Barbara Kendall
CNZM MBE
Barbara Kendall CNZM (cropped).jpg
Kendall in 2019
Personal information
Birth nameBarbara Anne Kendall
Born30 August 1967 (1967-08-30) (age 52)
Papakura, New Zealand
RelativesBruce Kendall (brother)

Barbara Anne Kendall CNZM MBE (born 30 August 1967) is a former boardsailor from New Zealand. She competed at five Summer Olympic Games and won gold, silver and bronze medals.

Biography[edit]

Kendall was born in Papakura on 30 August 1967, the daughter of Tony and Peggy Kendall.[1] She was raised in the Auckland suburb of Bucklands Beach and attended Macleans College. She won a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, silver medal in 1996 (in Atlanta, Georgia), and a bronze medal in 2000 (in Sydney).[2] Kendall finished 5th at the 2004 Games in Athens and sixth at the 2008 Games in Beijing. She was the first, and as of 2008, only woman from New Zealand to compete at five Olympic Games.

During 1998, she had founded Gulf Harbour School on the coast of Auckland. In 2008, she returned and created a mural for the school.[3]

Kendall was the Oceania athletes' representative on the International Olympic Committee from 2005 to 2008, having replaced Susie O'Neill who resigned in 2005 (Kendall was the athlete from the same continent who had received the next highest number of votes for the commission), and was on the New Zealand Olympic Committee Athletes Commission [4] until 2008.[5] In July 2011, she was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee and the IOC Athletes' Commission and sat on the Women and Sport Commission and Sport and the Environment Commission until August 2016.

Kendall's brother Bruce is also an Olympic Gold medallist. They are the first brother and sister to have achieved this feat for New Zealand.[6]

Kendall officially retired from competitive board sailing in May 2010.[7]

Honours and awards[edit]

In 1990, Kendall was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.[1] In the 1993 New Year Honours, she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to boardsailing.[8] In the 2019 New Year Honours, she was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to sport.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Butcher, Margot (2010). Golden Girls: Celebrating New Zealand’s six female Olympic gold medallists. Auckland: HarperSports/HarperCollins. pp. 38–59. ISBN 978-1-86950-892-0.
  1. ^ a b Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen – New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 77. ISBN 0-908578-34-2.
  2. ^ Profile: "Barbara Kendall" Archived 27 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on 22 December 2007)
  3. ^ [1] "Kendall Barbara makes GHS Mural" (Retrieved on 27 March 2015)
  4. ^ International Olympic Committee - News
  5. ^ IOC Athletes' Commission election results released Archived 24 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ New Zealand Olympic Academy: Olympic Education - Barbara Kendall Archived 20 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Barbara Kendall calls time on career
  8. ^ "No. 53154". The London Gazette (2nd supplement). 31 December 1992. p. 30.
  9. ^ "New Year honours list 2019". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marnie McGuire
New Zealand's Sportswoman of the Year
1996
1998, 1999
2002
Succeeded by
Beatrice Faumuina
Preceded by
Beatrice Faumuina
Succeeded by
Leilani Joyce
Preceded by
Melissa Moon
Succeeded by
Irene van Dyk
Preceded by
Richie McCaw
Halberg Awards – Leadership Award
2014
Succeeded by
Brendon McCullum
Preceded by
Monty Betham & Nerida Jantti
Dancing with the Stars (New Zealand) runner up
Season 5 (2009 with Jonny Williams)
Succeeded by
Chrystal Chenery & Jonny Williams