10 Top New Zealand Sportspeople

1024px-Osaka07_D2A_Women_Shot_Put_VCNew Zealand has had its fair share of successful sportspeople over the years. Here are ten of them:

  • Valerie Adams, a shot putter, has been an Olympic champion twice, world champion four times, world indoor champion three times, and Commonwealth champion three times.
  • Jo Aleh is a sailor who won New Zealand’s Tanner Cup in 2002 and was the first female to do so in its history. She competes alongside Olivia Polly Powrie in a two-woman 470 dinghy and has been a national champion, world champion and an Olympic gold medalist.
  • Dame Susan Devoy was four-times world women’s squash champion in the late 1980s and early 90s. She has since worked as Race Relations Commissioner for New Zealand.
  • Caroline Evers-Swindell and her twin sister Georgina are former New Zealand rowers who competed in double sculls events. They won gold medals in the 2002 and 2003 Rowing World Championships and then consecutive 2004 and 2008 Olympic golds.
  • Sir Murray Halberg is a former middle-distance runner who won gold in the 5000 metres at the 1960 Olympic Games. In the 1958 and 1962 Commonwealth Games, he won golds over three miles. Murray is famous for his tireless work in aid of disabled children in New Zealand.
  • Danyon Loader is a former Olympic champion swimmer, winning two gold medals in the 1996 Olympics and a silver in 1992. He held world records in Men’s 200m Butterfly and 400m Freestyle disciplines.
  • Jack Lovelock was a talented all-round athlete who excelled particularly at running, winning a gold medal in 1500m at the 1936 Olympic Games against a high-class field.
  • Richie McCaw played rugby union for the All Blacks and was captain on 110 occasions. He won two Rugby World Cups with the national team.
  • Sir Peter Snell is a former middle-distance runner who won three Olympic gold medals and two Commonwealth golds during his short but prestigious career.
  • Sarah Ulmer won gold as a cyclist in the 3km individual pursuit at the 2004 Olympic Games, setting a world record in the process. She also won golds at the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games.

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