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Barbara Kendall is a national treasure. She is the only New Zealand Woman to have competed in 5 Olympic Games winning every colour medal, starting with gold in 1992. Barbara also won 11 world championship medals and 25 national championships during her athletic career in International Windsurfing.
In 2005 Barbara took up a role on the International Olympic Committee advocating for the rights of athletes and woman on many different International commissions and executive boards for the betterment of Global Sport including Chairing the Oceania Athletes Commission for 12 years. In 2018 she led a very successful New Zealand Youth Olympic Team to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aries. Barbara is currently a vice president of the International Surfing federation and still sits on the International Olympic Committee's woman in sport commission.
In 2018 Barbara was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of merit (CNZM) for her services to sport leadership. This award adds to her Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1993. She was won the Sport New Zealand Leadership award in 2014 and became a New Zealand Olympic Committee order holder in 2016.
- Barbara is a popular inspirational keynote speaker and consults and coaches on "people" development in the corporate space.
- Barbara completed a bachelor in Social services and a Diploma in Applied Management in 2013.
- Barbara is a non executive director on ARRIA an Artificial Intelligence technology company in data analytics and information delivery.
- Barbara is currently an ambassador for the New Zealand Olympic Committee