Simon Poelman
Personal information
Born (1963-05-27) 27 May 1963 (age 60)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Country New Zealand
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  New Zealand
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 1990 Auckland Decathlon
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Edinburgh Decathlon
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Auckland Pole vault

Simon Roderick Poelman (born 27 May 1963, Hamilton) is a former New Zealand decathlete, who has been described as New Zealand's best ever all-round athlete.[1] In the decathlon, his personal best of 8359 points (which is adjusted from 8366 points as it was hand timed) is still a New Zealand national record.[2] This was set at the national athletics championships in Christchurch 1987. As well as being the national decathlon champion seven times. He was also the New Zealand senior men's national champion in several individual events including the 100m (once), 110m hurdles (seven times), long jump (twice), pole vault (three times), and shot put (once).

He won the bronze medal at the 1986 Commonwealth games in Edinburgh[1] and at the 1990 Commonwealth games he won both the silver medal for decathlon and bronze in the pole vault. At the time of the Seoul Olympics he was ranked fourth in the world at decathlon, but had a bad start when a series of false starts led to a slow 100m time in his heat, and he finished in 16th place on 8021 points.[1]

In 1998, Poelman was convicted of importing ecstasy tablets with a value of $NZ200,000 and sentenced to 3 years in prison. He initially denied the charges but later confessed.[3]

Poelman returned to competitive athletics in 2004, setting a world age-group record, breaking a 23-year world record, for the decathlon.

He was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal

Personal bests

Event Points Place Date
Decathlon 8366 (ht) NR Christchurch 1987
Pole Vault 5.00 Tokyo 1991


  1. ^ a b c Salmistu, Janek. "Simon Poelman's biography". Decathlon 2000. Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  2. ^ NZ athletics rankings (Search Decathlon/Open Mens/All time)
  3. ^ "Athlete comes clean about drug past". Sunday. TVNZ. 15 November 2004. Archived from the original on 24 January 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2008.