05, Aug, 2015

One Year to Go – Everyone get on board

RIO 2016

“Be the Inspiration” launch

#BeTheInspiration #1YearToGo #RoadtoRio


The Rio Olympic Games take place 5 – 21 August 2016.

Competing alongside 10,500 athletes from 206 countries in up to 28 different sports, New Zealand are on track to field a team of more than 200, our biggest team yet.

Rio 2016 will be the first Olympic Games in South America and rugby sevens will make its Olympic debut, with golf returning to the Olympic programme following a 112 year hiatus.

The role of the New Zealand Olympic Committee is to select, organise and lead the team to the Olympic Games ensuring our athletes have the best possible conditions to achieve their goals and inspire pride and excellence in New Zealanders.

Karen Moffatt-McLeod
Vice President, ArcheryNZ
Convenor, Selection Panel

Dear New Zealand athletes,

3pm, August 5th 2015 marks exactly one year to go until the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

On this day, we will launch “Be the inspiration” - a campaign that encourages:

New Zealanders to Be the Inspiration for you and for you to Be the Inspiration for New Zealanders.

Whether you’re on the road to Rio yourself, or you are supporting others on their journey, we want you to show New Zealand just what inspires you to excel.

Together at 3pm NZ time on the dot, we want to create an inspirational moment where kiwi athletes all around the world form a wider NZ team and post an image  / video / message on social media that represents their journey to Rio, telling everyone how you intend to “Be the Inspiration”. 

Show New Zealand what inspires you to compete on the world’s stage – wherever you are, and whatever you do.

Your message could be anything that shows inspiration and could even just be the mark (check it out here) – be creative, innovative.

Feel free to join forces with other athletes or your supporters and create something together.

So we can collate your messages and share on our Inspiration Hub and Social Media Channels, please use the hashtag:

#BeTheInspiration and optional international hashtags #RoadtoRio and #1YearToGo