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IOC President visits Rowing NZ

  • 06 May 15

IOC President Thomas Bach visited New Zealand for two days (5-6 May) where he met with New Zealand rowing and Olympic athletes, national sporting organisation heads and sport decision-makers.

On his first visit to Aotearoa President Bach was officially welcomed to New Zealand by Ngati Whatua and members of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and New Zealand IOC Members Barry Maister and Barry Kendall at Olympic House in Parnell, Auckland.

Over the two day visit IOC President Bach shared his vision for the future of the Olympic Games with New Zealand sports and athletes. Since being elected President of the IOC in September 2013, President Bach has been the driving force behind Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the Olympic Movement. The IOC leader met with Olympic athletes, sports and the heads of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, Sport NZ, HPSNZ as well as Minister for Sport and Health the Hon. Dr Jonathan Coleman.

Following the meetings with Olympic representatives and government leaders, President Bach addressed National Sporting Organisations and discussed Olympic Agenda 2020 with Olympic athletes including rowers Mahe Drysdale, George Bridgewater, Rebecca Scown and Peter Taylor at an athlete forum in Cambridge.

Bach also gained an insight into New Zealand’s strong sporting system through a visit to two of the nation’s high performance centres, the High Performance Rowing Centre and Avantidrome, both in Cambridge. Rowing New Zealand were delighted to host President Bach at Lake Karapiro, as Bach got to see first-hand how the New Zealand Rowing team train on a daily basis and he even had a go on the indoor rowing machine with guidance from Olympic champions Mahe Drysdale and Eric Murray.