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Barbara Kendall - History and Results

Barbara Kendall - MBE

It was in 1987 at the age of 20 that Barbara Kendall won her first international title. It was this title which was the catalyst to her approach in 1988 when she decided to focus all her energies on Boardsailing and went about developing the relevant skills which were to stand her in good stead for the next decade.As soon as Boardsailing became an Olympic sport Barbara took the opportunity to join her already successful brother on the Olympic dais winning Gold in Barcelona in 1992, making her the first NZ woman in 40 years to do so.

Like any successful athlete Barbara worked with a team, including brother Bruce and coach Grant Beck. It is this successful combination which has continued to carry her through. And, like all teams there have been additions - one of the key additions has been Barbara’s boardsailing husband Shayne Bright.

In 1993 she took a break from Olympic sailing in order to freshen up and begin sailing in wave sailing contests (wind surfing in the surf). By the end of 1994 she had again made her mark and went on to win the Aloha Classic Big Wave title.Returning to the Olympics in 1996 Barbara again became a force to be reckoned with narrowly missing the gold and bringing home silver.

In 1997 Barbara jumped back into the wave sailing events and continued to succeed. She also took a bronze medal at the World Boardsailing Championships in Perth.Barbara’s 1998 season started well with a second in the European Championships early in the season. Then she went on to win the pre-Olympic test regatta in Sydney in September. From Sydney, Barbara went on to France for the World Championships where she blitzed the competition, winning with a comfortable margin of 16 points and in the process defeating Olympic Gold medallist Lai Shan Lee (Hong Kong).

Barbara’s 1999 season has been the best in her 15 years of International Boardsailing. She won every event she entered in this year, culminating by winning the World Championships in New Caledonia. Barbara stamped her dominance on the fleet. She didn’t need to sail the last race and won by 30 points. Trying to win gold at the Olympics in Sydney is Barbara’s next goal and at the moment she is in a great position to do this. Who know what’s next. But after that track record the world’s at her feet.


[IMAGE=33]1998 and 1999 Mistral (women) World Champion. Barbara’s achievement makes her the first NZ woman to ever win a world championship in an Olympic class.

[IMAGE=33]New Zealand’s most successful female Olympian:
 Silver medal (Mistral women’s) Olympic Games, Atlanta, 1996
Gold medal (Mistral boards) Olympic Games, Barcelona 1992

[IMAGE=33]Has held the NZ women’s national championship title for 14 years since 1985.

 1st: Mistral World championships ( New Caledonia)
1st: NZ Windsurfing National Champs
1st: Royal SunAlliance Regatta (Auckland)
1st: Singapore Am/Slam Slalom Competition
1st Sydney Harbor Regatta (pre-Olympic regatta)
1st North American and Australian Mistral Championships
Named NZ Sportswoman of the Year
Yachting New Zealand yachtperson of the year

 1st: Mistral World Championships (France)
1st: Sydney Harbor Regatta (pre-Olympic regatta)
1st: Oceania Continental Championships
2nd: Mistral European Championships

 3rd: Mistral World Championships (Perth, Australia)

 Silver medal: Olympic Games, Atlanta
Named NZ Sportswoman of the Year

 Gold medal: Olympic Games, Barcelona
Awarded MBE for Services to SportYachting
New Zealand Yachtsperson of the Year

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