BOP athlete excited as Olympics near

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A Bay of Plenty athlete is helping to mark 100 days until the Olympic Games get underway in Tokyo.

The New Zealand Olympic Team is calling for Kiwis to “get on board” and support our nation's athletes as the final countdown to Tokyo begins.

One of those team members is Stacey Fluhler.

The rugby sevens star from Ruatoki has joined several other athletes in promoting the milestone ahead of the truncated event.

“The Olympic Games is the pinnacle for us and we’re really excited to be working towards representing New Zealand," says Fluhler.

“It’s been a pretty different journey to what we thought it would be and we know the Games are going to be different, but the most important thing for us, is pulling on that black jersey and getting to compete.”

Flulher was joined by team-mate Theresa Fitzpatrick, sailors Dan Wilcox and Paul Snow Hansen, weightlifter David Liti, karate hopeful Andrea Anacan and Whangamata’s Ella Williams, who is looking for surfing accolades in Tokyo. 

NZOC CEO Kereyn Smith says the 100-day milestone marks crunch time for the New Zealand Team.

“Training, focus and preparation now go up a notch as our athletes get ready to excel on the world stage,” says Smith.

“Many sports have intensive training camps scheduled between now and Games time and with the trans-Tasman bubble opening up we expect to be seeing competition with our Australian neighbours.”

The New Zealand Team will tour the country with a record-breaking super-sized skateboard launched today to mark the 100 day milestone and celebrate the future of the Olympic Games.

“This year, we really need the support of all New Zealanders and that’s why this skateboard will be travelling the country as we ask Kiwis to “Get on Board”,” says Smith.

“Today's Olympic Games have more extreme, more urban and more youth focused events and the board travelling around New Zealand represents this,” says Smith.

“From Tokyo to Beijing and Paris we'll have Kiwi athletes on surfboards, snowboards, kiteboards, skateboards alongside other new sports like sport climbing and three-on-three basketball.

“The Roadshow will give New Zealanders the opportunity to learn more about the Olympic Games as they send their support to our New Zealand Team to Tokyo 2020.”

The Great Olympic Skate Roadshow will be visiting 40 towns in 41 days, starting Monday, May 10, with Olympians and legacy athletes set to join for parts of the journey.

The Roadshow will finish in Auckland in June with the skateboard then taking up residence at The Cloud as the Tokyo Olympic Games kick off on July 23.

The board will be a centrepiece at the New Zealand Team HQ Fan Zone where New Zealanders will also be able to gather together to celebrate the Olympic Games, experience Japanese culture and show their support for the New Zealand Team.

More than 200 athletes are expected to represent New Zealand at the Games which will run from July 23 to August 8.

There are more than 10,500 athletes from 206 nations set to compete in Tokyo, making it the largest sporting event the world will have ever seen.

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