COVID-19 Level 1 Update

Under Alert Level 1, the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame is now OPEN. Our hours are 10am to 3pm (Wednesdays to Sundays). We are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (open by appointment only on these days).
Peter Snell
Inducted in 1990
Three-time Olympic champion and world record-holder, Snell is one of New Zealand’s greatest sports achievers, and some say the greatest.
Sporting Category:
  • Athletics
He was little-known outside of Auckland when he went to the Rome Olympics in 1960 but he became an instant national celebrity when he won the 800 metres, an hour before training partner Murray Halberg also won Olympic gold. Both were coached by Hall of Famer Arthur Lydiard.

Two years later, Snell set a world mile record in Wanganui and a week later set new world marks in Christchurch for the 800 metres and 880 yards.

Later the same year, he won the mile and 880 yards at the Commonwealth Games and in 1964, he successfully defended his Olympic 800 metres title and won the 1500 metres as well.

In November 1964, he set world records for the 1000 metres and the mile and retired in 1965.

Snell moved to live in the United States in the 70s where he gained a doctorate and he has been director of the Human Performance Centre at the University of Texas since 1990.

Snell in 2000 was voted New Zealand’s Sports Champion of the 20th Century.

Sporting Spotlight

Ian Ferguson

(1952 - )

When Ian Ferguson first competed at an Olympic Games in 1976 and even again when he was one of the tiny team in Moscow in 1980, few would have seen him as one of New Zealand’s greatest sportsmen.
Our Sponsors
New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame
Railway Station
Anzac Avenue
Dunedin 9016
New Zealand
Close menu

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with stylesheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so. The latest version of Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer will work best if you're after a new browser.