IOC Member and IOC Athletes' Commission Member
Barbara Kendall is a former windsurfer who has competed at five Summer Olympic Games and won gold, silver and bronze medals. It was in 1984 that she competed at her first international competition and three years later she won her first of four world championship titles.
During her over 25 years of experience as a full time athlete, she won 11 world championship medals.
She finished 5th at the 2004 Games in Athens and sixth at the 2008 Games in Beijing. She was the first and only woman from New Zealand to compete at five Olympic Games. After retiring in 2010 Barbara completed a double degree – Bachelor of Social Services specializing in Career Practice and a Diploma in Applied Management.
Barbara has been a Member of the following IOC Commissions: Athletes (2005-), Woman in Sport (2009-), Sport and Environment (2009-). She is also a Member of the following Sports organisation: New Zealand Athletes' Commission (1996-); Chairperson of the Oceanic Athletes Commission (2005-); on the WADA Athletes Committee (2009-2011); a Member of New Zealand sport and recreation sports an ambassador (1997-2012); high performance board yachting New Zealand (1996-2000); Patron, Gulf Harbour Yacht club (2000-); Patron of the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp (2004 -); Project Litefoot Ambassador (2007-).Patron of Upsidedown Education Trust (2011-).
Barbara Kendall is married and has two children.