Tokyo Olympics: NZ chef de mission Waddell full of praise for resilient NZ Olympians

New Zealand Olympic Team Chef de Mission Rob Waddell's praising athletes for their leadership and resilience, as they deal with the postponement of the Tokyo Games and lockdown. 

It comes as athletes around the country lead the call to keep up conversations in these uncertain times.

As an Olympic gold medallist himself, Waddell knows a thing or two about what it takes to succeed.  

Now the former rower is proud of the way his athletes have come to terms with such obstacles. 

"As New Zealanders, we always pride ourselves on being resilient," Waddell told Newshub. 

"They are all well known people in our community and they're leading by example."

While a new date hasn't been confirmed for 2021, athletes like trampolinist Dylan Schmidt now face at least another year of training.

Sticking to goals will now play a key role in athletes staying on top of things mentally and physically while in isolation. 

"Having an idea of what you'll be doing each week is pretty important," Schmidt said. 

"Luckily I've got a tramp at home where I can do some pretty basic stuff, so it's just being innovative I guess."

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