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Trap Shooter Natalie Rooney Ranked No 1 in World

Trap Shooter Natalie Rooney Ranked No 1 in World

Timaru trap shooter Natalie Rooney, 28, has been ranked world No 1 by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), the first New Zealander, man or woman, to hold the top spot in any of…

Heavyweight Joshua Parker Gets the Job Done

Heavyweight Joshua Parker Gets the Job Done

South Auckland professional boxer Joshua Parker, 25, has retained the WBO world heavyweight title after a wide points victory over former sparring partner, Romanian Răzvan Cojanu at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau. “Parker’s team…

Andrew Nicholson Wins Badminton Horse Trials

Andrew Nicholson Wins Badminton Horse Trials

“New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson has won the Badminton Horse Trials at the 36th attempt, two years after suffering a serious neck injury,” as reported in an article on BBC. “It is…

Sprint Cyclists Dominate at World Championships

Sprint Cyclists Dominate at World Championships

New Zealand’s sprint trio team Ethan Mitchell, 26, Sam Webster, 25, and Eddie Dawkins, 27, made it two world titles in a row and three in four years with a flawless performance at the…

Jossi Wells Is One Heck of a Thrillseeker

Jossi Wells Is One Heck of a Thrillseeker

“Given that his chosen profession provides ample thrills, as well as the very real possibility of serious injury, one would be forgiven for thinking that Olympic skier Jossi Wells, 26, is content…

David Howman New Athletics Integrity Unit Chair

David Howman New Athletics Integrity Unit Chair

The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has announced its new independent Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), with the former director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), New Zealand-born David Howman, appointed as chairperson. The…

Getting to Know NZ Explorer Helen Thayer

Getting to Know NZ Explorer Helen Thayer

Helen Thayer left New Zealand in 1961 after marrying American helicopter pilot Bill, first living in Guatemala and Honduras, before settling in the United States. But, interviewed via email from her home at the…

NZ Cyclists Claim Winning Medal Haul

NZ Cyclists Claim Winning Medal Haul

“The New Zealand track cycling team won four medals on the final night of riding at the latest World Cup in Los Angeles to be crowned the overall round winner,” as reported by

Yogi Kate Middleton Holds Her Breath in Camel

Yogi Kate Middleton Holds Her Breath in Camel

New Zealander Kate Middleton, 29, is the woman behind a series of images which feature the yoga instructor and freediver performing incredible underwater acts, the Daily Mail reports. Middleton can hold her breath for an…

Quinn Gardiner-Hall Inspiring Other Kids to Run

Quinn Gardiner-Hall Inspiring Other Kids to Run

New Zealander Quinn Gardiner-Hall is running the Antarctic half marathon to prove that he is capable of the distance even if he is just 11 years old. Gardiner-Hall lives just outside of Auckland in Waiuku…

Powerlifter Kevin Gray Breaking Big Records

Powerlifter Kevin Gray Breaking Big Records

He might be only 122cm tall, but New Zealand-born Kevin Gray, 32, is a tower of strength and has the powerlifting world in a spin with his amazing feats of strength. Fresh from establishing a…

Gymnast Charlotte Sullivan Impresses in Iowa

Gymnast Charlotte Sullivan Impresses in Iowa

Christchurch gymnast Charlotte Sullivan, 18, who represented New Zealand at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, has certainly landed on her feet during an eye-catching competitive debut for the University of Iowa, Stuff reports. A…

Coach Gail Parata at Forefront of Scotland Netball

Coach Gail Parata at Forefront of Scotland Netball

The Glasgow Sirens, coached by New Zealander Gail Parata, are set to change the game of netball in Scotland, bringing together a lineup of global athletes to represent the country in the UK’s Vitality…

Grant Rawlinson Sets off on Epic Singapore-NZ Trip

Grant Rawlinson Sets off on Epic Singapore-NZ Trip

New Zealander Grant Rawlinson, 42, has embarked on a 12,000km rowing and cycling journey from Singapore to New Zealand. On 3 January, Rawlinson, a Singapore permanent resident, set off on the trip to span almost…

No Obstacle Too Big for Scott Thornton

No Obstacle Too Big for Scott Thornton

New Zealander Scott Thornton was one of 1500 athletes to compete in the World’s Toughest Mudder race in Las Vegas this year, an extreme obstacle course which featured an 11m cliff jump, a back-to-back…

Squash Player Paul Coll Wins Career Best

Squash Player Paul Coll Wins Career Best

Greymouth squash player Paul Coll, 24, has earned the biggest title of his career after defeating Egypt’s Tarek Momen to win the 2016 Channel VAS Championship. World No 33 Coll had started the match in…

Burning up the Tarmac with Amelia Watkinson

Burning up the Tarmac with Amelia Watkinson

New Zealand professional triathlete “up-and-comer” Amelia Watkinson, 25, who has just won the IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand, talks with the sports brand about patience, consistency, and using injury to her advantage. Ever since she turned pro…

Making Athletic Investment with Coach Jamie Turner

Making Athletic Investment with Coach Jamie Turner

American Gwen Jorgensen’s decision to seek out New Zealander Jamie Turner as a coach was rewarded with the first US Olympic triathlon gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Jorgensen spends five months of…

Astounding Act of Sportsmanship in Rio

Astounding Act of Sportsmanship in Rio

New Zealander Nikki Hamblin, 28, and American Abbey D’Agostino, 24, set a high bar at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, not for winning gold medals but for their touching acts of compassion,…

Medal Per Capital Table Puts NZ up Top in Rio

Medal Per Capital Table Puts NZ up Top in Rio

New Zealand computer scientist Craig Nevill-Manning’s Medal Per Capita table put this year’s New Zealand Olympic team near the top, placing fourth with 18 medals and a population of 4,595,700. That’s one medal for…

Jamie Turner Unfurls Triathlon Magic in The Gong

Jamie Turner Unfurls Triathlon Magic in The Gong

In the late 1990s New Zealander Jamie Turner, Triathlon Canada’s current coach, earmarked the beachside mecca of Wollongong in New South Wales as an ideal locale to train a squad of elite triathletes, who…

Triathlete Aaron Fleming Defies the Odds

Triathlete Aaron Fleming Defies the Odds

Blenheim-born Aaron Fleming, 32, will line-up for his eighth Ironman start in Malaysia this November achieving his triathlon goals despite suffering from a collapsed lung, undergoing two major surgeries, and being told he would…

Matt Smith Shears World Record in Cornwall

Matt Smith Shears World Record in Cornwall

New Zealand-born cutter Matt Smith, 32, has posted a world nine-hour shearing record of 731 ewes in Cornwall. Smith took an average of 44 seconds to shear each sheep on his way to beating…

Wimbledon’s Anthony Wilding a Superstar of his Day

Wimbledon’s Anthony Wilding a Superstar of his Day

Long before the PR driven age of image rights and social media, before Borg, Laver and even Perry, Wimbledon had its own matinee idol – New Zealand-born Anthony Wilding. Yet despite him being a…

Julie Brougham Takes Most Senior NZ Olympian Crown

Julie Brougham Takes Most Senior NZ Olympian Crown

New Zealand dressage rider Julie Brougham will pip Mark Todd to the “elder statesman” record at this summer’s Olympics, Horse & Hound reports. The New Zealand Olympic committee had said that Todd, 60, would become…

Sam Gaze Wins Mountain Bike World Title

Sam Gaze Wins Mountain Bike World Title

Rio-bound Cambridge mountain biker Sam Gaze, 20, has made it a New Zealand double taking out the under-23 cross-country title at the UCI World Championships in the Czech Republic. Gaze, who rides professionally for Specialized…

Athletics Legend Snell’s Singlet Sells for $100,000

Athletics Legend Snell’s Singlet Sells for $100,000

New Zealand’s national museum Te Papa has bought the singlet New Zealand athletics legend Peter Snell wore when he won two gold medals at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics for NZ$140,000 ($100,000) in an auction,…

Stuart Erskine Completes Seven Summits Challenge

Stuart Erskine Completes Seven Summits Challenge

New Zealand-born adventurer Stuart Erskine has joined an elite group of mountaineers to complete the Seven Summits challenge – climbing the highest mountains on seven continents. “There is a huge focus on self-care and self-preservation,”…

How Steven Adams Is Becoming Star of NBA Play-Offs

How Steven Adams Is Becoming Star of NBA Play-Offs

With his long hair and handlebar moustache, Steven Adams, 22, looks like he has stepped out of the 1970s. But this 7ft tall New Zealander with a sleeve of tattoos is fast becoming the…

Joseph Parker Defeats Carlos Takam

Joseph Parker Defeats Carlos Takam

“Joseph Parker defeated Carlos Takam via unanimous points decision in Saturday night’s IBF heavyweight title challenger eliminator in New Zealand,” as reported in an article on News.com.au. “We’ve trained very hard and Takam came…

Thunder’s Steven Adams Making the Leap

Thunder’s Steven Adams Making the Leap

“All year, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been largely dismissed as serious title contenders. After beating the Spurs and stunning the Warriors in Game 1 in Oracle Arena, it’s time to forget everything I thought…

The Untold Story of Steven Adams

The Untold Story of Steven Adams

When Thunder center Steven Adams arrived at his first NBA training camp, he knew virtually nothing about the NBA. There was a lot of shrugging and no deference when he started playing, which unnerved…

Mark Hunt Wins Over Frank Mir

Mark Hunt Wins Over Frank Mir

UFC knockout master Mark Hunt has sent a serious message to the heavyweight division after decimating the legendary Frank Mir on Sunday – “I’m coming to get you guys.” Despite being 41, Hunt still has…

Tom Walsh Throws Gold at IAAF World Indoor Champs

Tom Walsh Throws Gold at IAAF World Indoor Champs

Tom Walsh, 24, from Christchurch, has hurled his shot put a personal best of 21.78m, taking the gold medal and bettering his previous mark in outdoor competition of 21.62m, at the 2016 IAAF World…

Singapore Urbanathlon Title Goes to Jason Lawrence

Singapore Urbanathlon Title Goes to Jason Lawrence

New Zealander Jason Lawrence, 35, (pictured second from left) has climbed, crawled and swung his way to a fourth Men’s Health Urbanathlon title in Singapore, topping a field of more than 3500 participants. “I’m not…

Malcolm Law Documents 50 Back-to-Back Marathons

Malcolm Law Documents 50 Back-to-Back Marathons

A new trail film takes a look at New Zealand mountain runner Malcolm Law, 54, who takes on an incredible odyssey, running 50 mountain peaks and large elevation gains. For a lot of runners, hill…

Brooklyn Nets Give Top Job to Sean Marks

Brooklyn Nets Give Top Job to Sean Marks

Sean Marks, 40, of Auckland, may not be a household name among casual basketball fans – or even among professional basketball players – but the Brooklyn Nets are heralding his general manager appointment as…

Rob Bryers and Beefy Blake on a Sporting Odyssey

Rob Bryers and Beefy Blake on a Sporting Odyssey

Meet Aucklander Rob Bryers (pictured right) and Welshman Kieren “Beefy” Blake, two blokes crossing the globe to see a different sport for every day of the year, revelling in the Olympic Games as much…

Jane Carter Makes University of Illinois History

Jane Carter Makes University of Illinois History

Aucklander Jane Carter is the Great Lakes Valley Conference Women’s Tennis Freshman of the Year, which is, according to the State Journal-Register, “perhaps the greatest individual accomplishment in the seven-year National Collegiate Athletic Association…

Freeskier Alec Savery Has the Best of Both Slopes

Freeskier Alec Savery Has the Best of Both Slopes

Queenstown freeskier Alec Savery, 20, spends most of his time in Cardrona, where just about anyone who’s anyone in the New Zealand freeski scene spends their winters. So, when it comes time to compete…

NZ Mines for Gold in Rio

NZ Mines for Gold in Rio

The lead-up to this year’s Summer Olympics has included construction delays, protests against Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, and a data leak suggesting the samples of one in seven competing track athletes appear “highly suggestive…

Fitness Tips from Equinox’s Sarah Robb O’Hagan

Fitness Tips from Equinox’s Sarah Robb O’Hagan

Top fitness executive New Zealand-born Sarah Robb O’Hagan, president of New York-based Equinox Fitness, tells Fortune how to set realistic goals and get fit in 2016. Robb O’Hagan personally became a daily fitness fan as…

Pat Deavoll in Training for Tirich Mir Ascent

Pat Deavoll in Training for Tirich Mir Ascent

New Zealand mountaineer Pat Deavoll, 56, is planning ahead to 2017 when she will climb Tirich Mir (7708m), the highest peak in the world outside of the Himalayan/Karakoram chain. Ahead of that, she will…

Andrew Nicholson Breaks round the World Record

Andrew Nicholson Breaks round the World Record

New Zealander Andrew Nicholson, a former Olympic speed skater, has cycled around the world in 123 days breaking the world record set by Englishman Alan Bate by two days. Nicholson, 45, a part-time gym instructor…

Mark Inglis Looks Back at the Top of the World

Mark Inglis Looks Back at the Top of the World

In Hyderabad, India to give a talk to the students of Woxsen School of Business, the first double amputee to climb Mt Everest, New Zealander Mark Inglis said the best decision he ever made…

New Zealand Forward Wynyard Signs With Wildcats

New Zealand Forward Wynyard Signs With Wildcats

New Zealand basketball player Tai Wynyard has announced on Sunday that he has signed with the Wildcats, an American college basketball team that represents the University of Kentucky. “They have really high hopes for him,…

New Zealand Olympic Committee Win IOC Women in Sport World Trophy

New Zealand Olympic Committee Win IOC Women in Sport World Trophy

The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) has been named World Winner at the 2015 IOC Women in Sport Awards ceremony. They are the first National Olympic Committee (NOC) to be named World Winner and took…

New Zealand Bred Horse Wins Melbourne Cup

New Zealand Bred Horse Wins Melbourne Cup

Michelle Payne, the only female jockey of the race, has won the Melbourne Cup on New Zealand bred horse Prince of Penzance. Payne was the first female jockey that ever won the Melbourne Cup in…

Luis Esteves Making His Mark as a Johnny in US

Luis Esteves Making His Mark as a Johnny in US

Auckland-born Luis Esteves is making a name for himself playing soccer as a senior midfielder for St. John’s University in New York. While he looks towards the future, it’s impossible to overlook his incredible…

Callum Millward Ups the Ironman Ante

Callum Millward Ups the Ironman Ante

One year ago, New Zealand-born Callum Millward was showing off cupcakes and interviewing triathletes preparing for the Ironman World Championships, Hawaiian news site Big Island Now reports. This month, he got his first taste…

Silver Fern Stars Aim to Motivate in Singapore

Silver Fern Stars Aim to Motivate in Singapore

Two of the most storied names in netball, New Zealand’s Irene van Dyk, who recently retired from international netball, and current captain Casey Kopua, will travel to Singapore in November on a week-long visit…

New Zealand a Slopestyle Ski Wonderland

New Zealand a Slopestyle Ski Wonderland

New Zealand is one of the greatest places on earth, according to 23-year-old British slopestyle ski star James Woods, who just spent the season here winning both the North Face Freeski Open and the FIS…

Linda Villumsen Wins Women’s World Time Trial Title

Linda Villumsen Wins Women’s World Time Trial Title

New Zealander Linda Villumsen, 30, has won the women’s individual time-trial at the World Road Cycling Championships in Richmond, United States. Villumsen who won last year’s Commonwealth Games time-trial, captured the world crown by completing…

NZ Dishes up Perfect Conditions for US Ski Team

NZ Dishes up Perfect Conditions for US Ski Team

New Zealand offered up the US Alpine Ski Team some of the best conditions to kick off their 2016 on-snow prep period, with the perfect mix of off-snow activities that only this adventure capital…

Patrick Bevin Signs Contract with Cannondale-Garmin

Patrick Bevin Signs Contract with Cannondale-Garmin

Continuing its tactic of working with some of the most promising young riders in the sport, the Cannondale-Garmin team has announced that New Zealand cyclist Patrick Bevin and Irish Ryan Mullen will join the…

New Zealand Stun Hosts Australia to Top Pool

New Zealand Stun Hosts Australia to Top Pool

New Zealand set the Netball World Cup alight when they upset defending champions Australia 52-47 in their pool match in front of a world-record crowd of 16,233. The new-look Silvers Ferns defied pre-tournament sceptics…