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IOC Membership For New Zealand Olympian

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IOC Membership For New Zealand Olympian

New Zealand's Barry Maister is set to become our nation's eleventh IOC Member after IOC President Jacques Rogge nominated the Olympian yesterday.

With the formal ratification process to take place at the Vancouver Olympic Games in February, Maister will use the position to promote the role of sport in society and to lobby on behalf of New Zealand athletes.

Maister (61) has been nominated to this position after a life-long involvement with the Olympic Movement and youth. He won gold as part of the 1976 New Zealand men's hockey team at the Montreal Olympic Games. A former Rector of St Andrews College in Christchurch, Maister has been the secretary general of the NZOC since 2000 and holds a number of Olympic Committee roles at continental and international level.

"Representation at a decision-making level within the IOC will benefit New Zealand sport and athletes," said Maister. "Under President Rogge the IOC has strengthened its support of youth, of athletes and drug-free sport and these are areas that I will continue to champion. Through sport, we become better people and my focus is youth,"

President of the New Zealand Olympic Committee Mike Stanley says Maister's nomination is in recognition of the high esteem in which he is held internationally and the role he has played in promoting sport in New Zealand and Oceania.

New Zealand has a long history with the IOC. A New Zealander, Leonard Cuff, was the 12th founding member of the IOC in 1894. New Zealand IOC members have included The Lord Porritt GCMG, GCVO, CBE (member 1934 - 1967) and Brigadier Bernard C Freyberg VC, CMG, DSO (member 1928-1930).

Just two years of New Zealand's 100 year Olympic history have been without a New Zealander on the IOC. Our most recent IOC Member, Barbara Kendall, completed her term in 2008 and Maister will take up his position in 2010.

The IOC currently has 112 members, but four will retire at the end of the year.

The six new members will bring the total to 114, including 20 women.

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