Story: Gender and sport

Pole vaulter Eliza McCartney at the Olympics, 2016

Pole vaulter Eliza McCartney at the Olympics, 2016

Since the 2000 Sydney Olympics the gender split of New Zealand competitors in the Olympic Games has been about even. This reflects the International Olympic Committee’s commitment to advancing gender equality by opening up previously restricted events to women. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, New Zealand took home 18 medals, 11 of which were won by women. Of particular note was Eliza McCartney’s bronze medal in the pole vault, an event first contested by women at an Olympics in Sydney in 2000.

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Sally Shaw, 'Gender and sport - Gender equality and sport', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by Sally Shaw, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Jun 2016