We are saddened to learn of the passing of Sir Peter Snell, an icon of New Zealand sport.

Sport NZ Chief Executive Peter Miskimmin said, “We have lost a sporting legend. Sir Peter was an extraordinary natural athlete. His career in running made him great however he excelled in almost everything he tried, including orienteering and table tennis later in life”.

“Once he retired from competition, Sir Peter followed a career in sports in the US but remained connected and involved with sport in New Zealand. He is our Sports Champion of the 20th Century, but beyond that remains one of our most celebrated New Zealanders of all time.

“Sir Peter leaves behind an extraordinary legacy in sport, one that helped bring New Zealand to the world’s attention. We will take time to reflect on his achievements and send sincere condolences to his wife and family.”