Triple Olympic Windsurfing medallist elected to IOC

Barbara Kendall (NZL) with José Perurena López (Spain) from the International Canoe Federation, individual member Gerardo Werthein (Argentina) pictured with IOC Head Jacques Rogge (second from left).
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Five times Olympic Windsurfing representative and three time Olympic medallist, Barbara Kendall (NZL) has been elected to the International Olympic Committee, at its meeting in South Africa.

She was one of three new members elected.

Kendall won a gold medal in the Womens Windsurfer in Barcelona in 1992, Silver in Savannah in 1996 and Bronze in Sydney in 2000. She was fifth in Athens in 2004 and sixth in Beijing in 2008 before retiring from competition in 2010.

The 43-year-old received 73 votes in her favour and only nine against in the secret ballot, at tghe four day IOC session. Kendall was the Oceania athletes' representative on the International Olympic Committee from 2005 to 2008, and has been very active in IOC affairs.