Today marks one year until New Zealand competes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
In the lead up to the games, the New Zealand Olympic Committee has launched the Tokyo 2020 Earn the Fern Campaign.
The English component of the video is voiced by Rugby Stevens Olympian Ruby Tui and the Te Reo component by Portia Woodman. The video also includes host nation Japan’s language and imagery.
The New Zealand team will compete against more than 11,000 other athletes from 206 nations in 37 codes.
Tokyo last hosted the Olympics more than 56 years ago in 1964 where Sir Peter Snell took gold in both the men’s 800m and 1500m races. Snell was the first New Zealander to win multiple medals at a single Olympic Games.
New Zealand will compete in familiar disciplines – rowing, cycling, equestrian, sailing and more. It will also be the first time surfing, karate and skateboarding will be contested at an Olympic level. Archery will also feature; we recently spoke with Suzanne Sunderheim who was part of the qualifying team (the Olympic Team is yet to be announced). In 2016 dressage equestrian Julie Brougham competed in Rio at the age of 66.
While the full New Zealand Olympic team is set to be named from March – July 2020, you can be sure there are many athletes out there training to qualify today.
Do you know anyone training and hoping to qualify? Are you looking forward to watching the games? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you.