New Zealand at the 2006 Commonwealth Games

New Zealand At The 2006 Commonwealth Games

New Zealand at the 2006 Commonwealth Games

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New Zealand at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia was represented by 249 athletescompeting in over 19 disciplines, with 119 officials. This was the largest team that New Zealand had ever sent to a Commonwealth Games.

New Zealand has competed in every Commonwealth Games since the first British Empire Games in 1930, and is one of only six teams to have done so. Selection is the responsibility of the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

New Zealand did not perform nearly as well as expected, recording their worst performance since 1982. They had been expected to return with forty or fifty medals, but won only 31, finishing ninth.

The flag bearer for the opening ceremony was Hamish Carter — the reigning Olympic triathlon champion. At the closing ceremony Greg Yelavich who had competed since the 1986 Games and won the most Commonwealth Games medals (11) of any New Zealander was flagbearer.

Medals



Gold

Athletics:<br>
Valerie Vili, Women's Shot Put
Nick Willis, Men's 1500 m


Netball:<br>
Leana de Bruin, Belinda Colling, Vilimaina Davu, Temepara George, Laura Langman, Jessica Tuki, Anna Rowberry, Anna Scarlett, Maria Tutaia, Irene Van Dyk, Casey...... ...
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