New Zealand is one of 68 countries
who will be competing at the
1998 Commonwealth Games.
New Zealand athletes have been competing at the Commonwealth Games since 1930. This year we will be represented in athletics, badminton, bowls, boxing, cricket, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, netball, seven-aside rugby, shooting, squash, swimming, ten pin bowling and weightlifting.
Finding out about it:
The New Zealand Olympic Committee is the place to go for information about the New Zealand team. You can also send emails to the athletes from there and have your message posted on the site - or email them right here!
The official Commonwealth Games website has information about all the competing countries and results.
The host city for the 1998 games is Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. It's the first time the Commonwealth Games have been held anywhere in Asia. The International page of this issue Hyperzine will tell you all about Malaysia.
It's also the first time that a number of sports have been played at the Games - ten pin bowling, rugby 7s, one day cricket, netball, squash, and hockey. You can learn more about ten pin bowling on the Interactive page.
So who's going to be there?
The Games take place from 11 - 21 September. Thousands of athletes, trainers, managers and spectators from all over the world will descend on the Commonwealth Games stadium in Kuala Lumpur. The world's media will be there too, sending out stories and photos about the Games.
There will be over 300 New Zealanders there, including over 200 athletes and about 80 officials. Cyclist Sarah Ulmer is one of New Zealand's leading medal contenders. Sarah, who was profiled in Hyperzine in April this year, won a silver medal at the last Commonwealth Games in 1994.
Danyon Loader, who won five medals at the 1994 Games, including gold in the 200m butterfly, will also be there, as will shooter Greg Yelavich. Greg is our "most medalled" athlete - he has won 9 Commonwealth Games medals since he first competed at Edinburgh in 1986.
Swimmer Stephen Ferguson, son of Olympic canoeing gold medalist Ian Ferguson, will be competing at the Commonwealth Games for the first time, and gymnast Alethea Boon is New Zealand's youngest athlete; you can read about both of these amazing young athletes in this issue of Hyperzine.