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IOC President Endorses National Training Centre at AUT Millennium
The 21st October 2011 marked a milestone in the history of North Harbour and New Zealand sport as International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge and the Minister of Sport, the Honorable Murray McCully, opened the new National Training Centre at the AUT Millennium Campus.
The $30 million redevelopment of the AUT Millennium Campus brings together the best of sports research, coaching and management expertise from AUT University, the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health and High Performance Sport New Zealand with the goal of producing more world-class sporting champions.
IOC President Jacques Rogge was full of praise for the facility and what it offers high performance and community sport.
“I’ve had the opportunity to visit around twenty centres that are based around your model. And I can tell you that you are definitely in the top three - don’t ask me for numbers one and two. But this is absolutely unique.The first centre that I know where there is a university embedded in the building, bringing of course all the possibilities of science. And this is also the first centre that I know that is not only open for elite sport, but it’s also for the community around, and for sport for all.”
With under a year to go until the start of the 2012 London Olympics the high performance training and sports science facilities at AUT Millennium will be used by a number of Olympic sporting codes such as athletics, swimming, hockey, BMX, football and sailing. The National Training Centre will provide athletes and coaches with world class facilities in the High Performance Centre, expanded sports science and medicine services - all of which will help New Zealand athletes perform in London and future international events.
“The National Training Centre has brought technology, science, medical support and world class facilities and people under one roof creating the best environment for me to prepare for and achieve at London 2012” says Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist Brent Newdick.
In addition to the services and facilities available to New Zealand’s elite sporting athletes, AUT Millennium provides a link between elite and community sport through initiatives such as the Athlete Development Academy, learn to swim and school water safety programs.
“The National Training Centre at the AUT Millennium Campus will be a multi-disciplinary centre of excellence committed to propelling our next generation of athletes onto the world stage” says AUT Millennium CEO Mike Stanley. These developments will also provide the community with more opportunities to participate in sport and recreation and improve health and well being.
The developments at the AUT Millennium Campus were made possible through the generosity of founders Graeme Avery and Stephen Tindall and subsequent support from the New Zealand Government, AUT Millennium Ownership Trust, ASB Community Trust and donors Sir David Levene and
To complete the National Training Centre, AUT Millennium has plans to build the National Aquatics Centre, additional accommodation and an indoor training centre on site.