New Zealand has confirmed that they will be sending a team of 211 athletes to compete in the Tokyo Olympics later this month. This is the largest-ever team for the event.
The team has been finalised and is made up of 101 females and 110 males with 33 of the athletes being of Maori descent. That will compete in 22 sports across 700 competition sessions. This includes athletes competing in the newly included disciplines of surfing and karate. This narrowly eclipses the 100 female team that they had sent to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Erika Fairweather is the youngest team member at 17 years old and will be swimming for the country. Bruce Goodin, in contrast, is the oldest team member at 51 years old and will be competing as an equestrian jumping athlete. Adding to the impressive nature of the New Zealand team is the fact that two athletes will be carrying the New Zealand flag during the opening ceremony, two-time Olympic champion Hamish Bond and Black Ferns Sevens Captain Sarah Hirini.
Most of the Olympic team will be coming from Auckland – 52 athletes to be exact, while Bay of Plenty is home to 25 of the athletes. Coming in third is Canterbury with 23 athletes while Wellington and Waikato each have 19 athletes joining the team. Out of the 211 team members, 118 will be competing in their first Olympic games while the other 93 had previously competed.
NZOC Chef de Mission Rob Waddell thanks the athletes for their dedication during this time and is proud of the team that will be representing the country.
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