NEW ZEALAND (2020)- Tokyo Olympic Games Set of 6 Mint Stamps
In 1920 the first New Zealand Olympic Team marched under the New Zealand flag in Antwerp, Belgium. Four athletes competed in black singlets with the silver fern emblem hand-sewn over their hearts. The fern continues to inspire New Zealanders of today, as it has done for a hundred years. It will do so again, at Tokyo 2020.
New Zealand’s Olympic history began a little earlier, in 1908 at the London Games, when the New Zealand athletes were part of an Australasian team. The emblem on their shirts bore a tiny kiwi and silver ferns beneath an emu and kangaroo. While we were yet to stand alone as Aotearoa, for the first time an Olympic medal was awarded to a New Zealand athlete, Harry Kerr, proudly wearing the silver fern.
For more than 100 years, over a thousand Olympians have competed, providing memorable moments, triumphs, pioneering efforts, near misses and hard-luck stories. The games have survived through world wars, boycotts, controversy, and although delayed, they are on track to continue beyond the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The fern, worn in that very first Olympic Games, continues to connect and inspire our athletes today - to where they come from, to our people and to our land and sea, Aotearoa New Zealand.
New Zealand has a proud Olympic history on the track. 1,500m runner Jack Lovelock paved the way, winning gold at the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games. He was followed by the late Sir Peter Snell, who won three gold medals across two Olympic Games.
Surfing will make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 with 20 men and 20 women set to battle it out in the waves for a spot on the Olympic podium.
$1.40 Pole vault
Pole vault is one of the oldest disciplines at the Olympic Games, making its debut in 1896. The sport sees athletes use a flexible pole to hurl themselves metres into the air and over a bar, making it an extremely impressive spectacle to watch.
Hockey is generally dominated by European nations, but at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, the New Zealand men’s hockey team upset Australia to win gold, becoming the first non-Asian/European team ever to clinch the top podium spot.
$3.50 Rugby sevens
Rugby sevens made its Olympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games, where the New Zealand women’s side won a hard-fought silver medal.
4.00 Shot put
The words ‘New Zealand’ and ‘shot put’ have become synonymous in the past decade. Dame Valerie Adams has won two Olympic gold medals and one bronze, while Tom Walsh won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympic Games.