Barbara Kendall
Barbara Kendall CNZM (cropped).jpg
Kendall in 2019
Personal information
Birth nameBarbara Anne Kendall
Born30 August 1967 (1967-08-30) (age 55)
Papakura, New Zealand
RelativesBruce Kendall (brother)

Barbara Anne Kendall CNZM MBE (born 30 August 1967) is a former boardsailor from New Zealand. She competed at five Summer Olympic Games and won gold, silver and bronze medals.


Kendall was born in Papakura on 30 August 1967, the daughter of Tony and Peggy Kendall.[1] She was raised in the Auckland suburb of Bucklands Beach and attended Macleans College. She won a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, silver medal in 1996 (in Atlanta, Georgia), and a bronze medal in 2000 (in Sydney).[2] Kendall finished 5th at the 2004 Games in Athens and sixth at the 2008 Games in Beijing. She was the first, and as of 2008. (She has since been joined by Valerie Adams, Tokyo 2021. Luuka Jones has stated her intention to compete in her fifth Olympics in Paris 2024 to join them.)

During 1998, she had founded Gulf Harbour School on the coast of Auckland. In 2008, she returned and created a mural for the school.[3]

Kendall was the Oceania athletes' representative on the International Olympic Committee from 2005 to 2008, having replaced Susie O'Neill who resigned in 2005 (Kendall was the athlete from the same continent who had received the next highest number of votes for the commission), and was on the New Zealand Olympic Committee Athletes Commission[4] until 2008.[5] In July 2011, she was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee and the IOC Athletes' Commission and sat on the Women and Sport Commission and Sport and the Environment Commission until August 2016.

Kendall's brother Bruce is also an Olympic Gold medallist. They are the first brother and sister to have achieved this feat for New Zealand.[6]

Kendall officially retired from competitive board sailing in May 2010.[7]

Honours and awards

In 1990, Kendall was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.[1] In the 1993 New Year Honours, she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to boardsailing.[8] In the 2019 New Year Honours, she was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to sport.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen – New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 77. ISBN 0-908578-34-2.
  2. ^ Profile: "Barbara Kendall" Archived 27 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 22 December 2007)
  3. ^ [1] "Kendall Barbara makes GHS Mural" (Retrieved 27 March 2015)
  4. ^ International Olympic Committee - News
  5. ^ IOC Athletes' Commission election results released Archived 24 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ New Zealand Olympic Academy: Olympic Education - Barbara Kendall Archived 20 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Barbara Kendall calls time on career
  8. ^ "No. 53154". The London Gazette (2nd supplement). 31 December 1992. p. 30.
  9. ^ "New Year honours list 2019". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
Awards and achievements Preceded byMarnie McGuire New Zealand's Sportswoman of the Year 19961998, 19992002 Succeeded byBeatrice Faumuina Preceded byBeatrice Faumuina Succeeded byLeilani Joyce Preceded byMelissa Moon Succeeded byIrene van Dyk Preceded byRichie McCaw Halberg Awards – Leadership Award 2014 Succeeded byBrendon McCullum Preceded byMonty Betham & Nerida Jantti Dancing with the Stars (New Zealand) runner up Season 5 (2009 with Jonny Williams) Succeeded byChrystal Chenery & Jonny Williams