Gate powers into lead of 2016 Tour of Southland

Gate powers into lead of 2016 Tour of Southland

After a surprise move on stage five from Invercargill to Gore, Olympian Aaron Gate has powered is way into the lead of the 2016 SBS Bank Tour of Southland.

With Christchurch’s Michael Vink seemingly set to cruise to victory over the final two days of the 60th anniversary race, it took a brazen move by a 20-strong breakaway in cold, wet conditions to shake up a race which has seen the yellow jersey change after every stage.

Sarah Goss commits to 2018

Sarah Goss commits to 2018

A core group of players who helped New Zealand win its first rugby sevens Olympic medal have recommitted to New Zealand Rugby.

The Black Ferns Sevens players include captain Sarah Goss who lead New Zealand to a silver medal winning performance at the recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Kayla Whitelock confirms retirement


Black Sticks Women’s veteran leader Kayla Whitelock has confirmed plans to retire from international hockey.

The 30-year-old thought hard about her future following the Rio Olympic Games, where the Black Sticks were beaten by Germany in a gut-wrenching bronze medal match, deciding now is the right time to focus on the next step in her life.

Whitelock [nee Sharland] made her New Zealand debut in 2003 and over a career spanning 13 years, played 255 tests and scored 63 goals.

She was part of four Olympic campaigns (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016), three Commonwealth Games (Melbourne 2006, Delhi 2010 where the team won the silver medal and Glasgow 2014 which produced a bronze), along with two World Cups in 2010 and 2014.

Whitelock took some time away from hockey following the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, in a break which saw the birth of her first daughter Addison with husband George.

She made a comeback early this year in preparation for her final Olympic campaign, captaining the Black Sticks within one game of a medal in Rio.

“After my last game in Rio I was emotional and quite disappointed not to come away with a medal. Following some time back home with family I’ve made the decision to officially retire,” she said.

“George and I are looking at having more children as well as spending time with Addison. It’s been a great career and I want to thank everyone who has been there from the start especially my sponsors like TK, Asics, Skins, Balance Nutrition and also Sir Owen Glenn who has helped really raise the profile of hockey.

“I’m really thankful to have been a part of the team for so long and also for the wonderful friendships I have developed over the years.”

Black Sticks Women’s coach Mark Hager said Whitelock would be difficult to replace in every way.

“Kayla will be missed not only as a player but also as a person and for her leadership on and off the turf. Not only is she well respected on the domestic and international stage but she will go down as one of the greatest Black Sticks of all time,” Hager said.

“Her motto was ‘it’s not about the number of games you play, but the quality of your performance every time you wear the singlet’ and she certainly lived by that in every one of her 255 games.

“Kayla encompassed a game built on both defensive and attacking skills, and was an immensely talented player who could win games up front or save them in the back half. A superb hockey player but also a true sportswoman, mentor to many and a great friend to all who crossed her path.

“Personally I cannot thank Kayla enough for how she welcomed me into the Black Sticks whanau eight years ago. She gave me and all the girls a belief and inspiration to trust that we could achieve a lot of firsts along the way. I wish her, George and Addison all the best for their futures.”

Kayla Whitelock Snapshot

Shirt #: 1
Region: Central Mysticks
Black Sticks debut: 2003
Position: Midfielder/Striker
Caps: 255
Goals: 63

AP athletes to contest Criterium National Championships

This Friday the AP's Emily Collins and Aaron Gate will contest the Criterium National Championships in Auckland.  

A strong field of riders will be set this Friday to vie for the national title with stiff competition amongst the men's race including former UCI Omnium World Champion, Aaron Gate.

The open women’s field will also be strong, with defending champion Emily Collins lining up and looking to retain the national title.

Details: The 1.1km criterium course is set in the heart of Takapuna’s central business district with the start/finish line in Hurstmere Rd.  The course offers tight, technical racing, with plenty of support from restaurant and bar patrons given the evening racing times.  The open men’s race is scheduled to start at 7:30pm.  It will be preceded by U17 girls (5:30pm), U17 boys (5:55pm), all comers (6:20pm) and open women’s (6:50pm) races.

For those heading along to the see the action, note that parking restrictions will be in effect from 1:00pm-10:00pm, as well as some road closures from 4:30pm-10:00pm.  For further details visit


World Champion Aaron Gate joins AP Agency

We're pleased to welcome World Champion cyclist and Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist Aaron Gate to the Athlete Project Agency.  Aaron is currently in Mexico with the Bike NZ team for the opening UCI Track Cycling World Cup.  Great to have you on board Aaron.


Aaron Gate

Women's Sevens joins Comm Games

The International Rugby Board have announced Women's Rugby Sevens have been added to the programme for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

A favourite sport at the Commonwealth Games with a world-record 171,000 fans attending sevens at the recent Glasgow games, the women's even will run alongside the men's at Robina Stadium. Women's rugby is one of the world's fastest-growing team sports played by more than 1.5 million girls and women around the world.  We can't wait to see New Zealand to make their mark on the Gold Coast in four years time. 

AP Athletes on Glasgow Stage

11 days, 71 Nations - Glasgow certainly put on a show as did our AP athletes who left their mark at the Commonwealth Games.

Simon van Velthooven claimed a Silver medal in the Men's 1000m time trial

Kayla Whitelock Captained the Black Sticks to claim the Bronze medal 


Sarah Cowley fly through the heats to perform in front of the Hampden Park crowd in the High Jump finals, finishing 9th overall at 1.85m

Pro Road Cyclist, Emily Collins made her Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow finished in 10th place.

Four years till Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and two years till Rio - Bring it on 

Glasgow: the Friendly Games

Glasgow: the Friendly Games

Commonly referred to as the friendly games, Glasgow certainly lived up to that reputation as it hosted 71 Nations over the eleven day sporting competition.

Beyond the sport, Glasgow left a mark. 'People make Glasgow' was the slogan by the host city and with 15,000 volunteers (50,000 applied) and support staff around every corner, on the streets to entertain and inform, and surrounding all sporting venues, Glaswegians (as they refer to themselves as) certainly made the Games experience. Scottish people are known for their friendliness, and from the moment of arrival, this was felt.

Coming from Delhi four years ago and the events throughout those games, Glasgow clearly decided to insert fun into this experience for all. Even the Royals had fun with the Queen photobombing the Australian Hockey players and Prince Harry photobombing NZ Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens, Deputy Chef de Mission Trevor Shailer and Sports Psych, Gary Hermansson. 

Glasgow city embraced the Games, the athletes, supporters and the fans. With incredulous wins and heartbreaking defeats, pride and passion were centre stage - none more so than the beauty and heart of Glasgow herself.

Countdown to Glasgow

3 days remain until all eyes are on Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

71 Countries, across 17 sports - The Athlete Project Agency will be there to witness the action in Glasgow with four clients vying for Gold.

Simon van Velthooven, Track Cyclist
Kayla Whitelock, NZ Women's Black Sticks
Sarah Cowley, High Jump
Emily Collins, Road Cyclist

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for behind the scenes action as we take you inside the games and keep you up to date with all the latest results from our AP athletes as they represent New Zealand. 

View the full schedule for the Games.