Barbara Kendall

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Barbara Kendall
Personal information
Born 30 August 1967 (1967-08-30) (age 50)
Papakura, New Zealand

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


Kendall was raised at 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)[1] 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 opened/founded Gulf Harbour School, on the coast of Auckland. In 2008, she came back and created a lovely mural for Gulf Harbour School.[2]

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 [3] until 2008.[4] She was elected an IOC member in July 2011 and now sits on the IOC Athletes Commission, Woman and Sport Commission and Sport and the Environment Commission.

In the 1993 New Year Honours, Kendall was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to boardsailing.[5]

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]

See also[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. ^ .Profile: "Barbara Kendall" Archived 27 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved on 22 December 2007)
  2. ^ [1] "Kendall Barbara makes GHS Mural" (Retrieved on 27 March 2015)
  3. ^ International Olympic Committee - News
  4. ^ IOC Athletes' Commission election results released Archived 24 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 53154, 30 December 1992. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  6. ^ New Zealand Olympic Academy: Olympic Education - Barbara Kendall Archived 20 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Barbara Kendall calls time on career

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Awards and achievements
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
Preceded by
Richie McCaw
Leadership Award
Succeeded by
Brendon McCullum