NZ Olympian To Be Chief Guest At 2017 Hall Of Fame

In every Olympics there are images that can often be etched in people's memories.

One of the most enduring images from the 1992 Olympics is the sight of a beaming New Zealander Barbara Kendall celebrating madly at the top of the podium.

At 24, the boardsailing great cemented her place in New Zealand Olympic history, becoming the first woman to win gold since Yvette Williams 40 years earlier.

FASANOC today announced that the five times Olympian will be the Guest Speaker at the 2017 Hall Of Fame which will be held on the 31st of March at Sofitel in Nadi.

FASANOC Chief Executive Lorraine Mar said they were fortunate to have Barbara attend the event that will include major sponsors, sporting personalities and sports leaders from around the Pacific Region that will be taking part in the 2017 ONOC Annual General Meeting.

"We are glad that Barbara will be able to share her story which will be heard by both athletes and sports administrators," she said.

“She is a passionate woman who has a keen interest in athletes and their careers after sports.”

Barbara 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.

This former dance school manager embarked on the professional windsurfing circuit in 1987, seven years after her debut in the junior category. The first of her four world championship titles convinced her to pursue her career in sailing, an area in which she had been immersed since childhood.

Currently an ambassador for Health 2000, the NZOC and Project litefoot, Barbara is also a patron on the Upside Downs Education Trust.

Barbara was also a finalist at the New Zealands version of Dancing with the Stars in 2016.


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