Barbara is a five-time Olympian and three-time Olympic medallist in windsurfing, winning gold in 1992, silver in 1996 and bronze in 2000.

She has been actively involved with the IOC since 2005, including serving on the IOC Athletes’ Commission from 2005 to 2015.

Barbara transitioned into business after retiring as an athlete, and holds a bachelor’s degree in social services and career practice, and a diploma in applied management.

What’s my sporting background?

I competed in five Olympic Games from 1992 to 2008 in windsurfing for New Zealand. I won gold at Barcelona 1992, silver at Atlanta 1996 and bronze at Sydney 2000. I also won 11 world championship medals and 25 national championships during my sporting career.

What have I been doing since I retired as an athlete?

I’m currently a non-executive director of ARRIA – an artificial intelligence technology company in data analytics and information delivery – in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m the founder and director of Champions IQ, where I deliver workshops on leadership, self-intelligence, and performance.

In 2013, I completed a bachelor’s degree in social services and career practice, and a diploma in applied management.

Why did I want to become involved in Athlete365 Career+?

I have gone through the career transition process myself and understand the challenges you face, having left school at the age of 17 to become a professional boardsailor without pursuing further education.

I became involved in Athlete365 Career+ at my first IOC Athletes’ Forum in 2005. I love empowering people – so this programme is the perfect platform for me to share my experiences and inspire you in the next stage of your life.


I have gone through the career transition process myself and understand the challenges you face, having left school at the age of 17 to become a professional boardsailor without pursuing further education.

Barbara Kendall

Roles within the IOC
  • IOC Women in Sport Commission (2009-present)
  • IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission (2009-2016)
  • IOC Athletes’ Commission (2005-2015)
  • Chair of Oceania Athletes’ Commission (2005-2017)
  • Chair of Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Athletes’ Commission (2013-2018)
  • Chef de Mission of New Zealand Youth Olympic Team (Buenos Aires 2018)
Awards
  • Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to sport leadership (2019)
  • New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) Order Holder (2016)
  • Sport New Zealand Leadership Award (2014)
  • Member of the British Empire (MBE) (1993)
Interesting fact about me

I love to surf! I am a Vice-President of the International Surfing Association (ISA) and can’t wait for Tokyo 2020 when we can celebrate the sport making its Olympic debut.

To hear about the latest sessions, head to the Global workshops section of the Athlete365 Career+ Power Up workshops page in English, Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese and Arabic.