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New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell

Ministers’ release: 14 December 2019

New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell.

“He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

Peter Snell at Cooks Gardens in Whanganui, 1962 (Whanganui Regional Museum, Sp/Ath/17). Sourced from NZHistory.

“Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.”

“Sir Peter is recognised as New Zealand’s greatest ever athlete. He was world class, driven, determined and humble,” Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson said.

“His three gold medals in the Olympic 800m and 1500m in 1960 and 1964 were the peaks of an amazing career.

“Sir Peter’s achievements weren’t just on the track. He always had a desire to give back to his sport and his country. He remained a proud New Zealander, and is loved and admired by generations of New Zealanders.”

Haere, haere, haere atu ra.

Updated on 16th December 2019