By Wendy Kendall
Barbara Kendall competed in her 5th Olympic Games in 2008 - at the age of 40. Windsurfing is a gruelling physical challenge at this level and Barbara's experience in racing, tactics, equipment and board handling helped her success. The most important factor was her desire to win.
Barbara Kendall is New Zealands most successful Olympian - she won Gold in the Barcelona Olympics, Silver at Atlanta and Bronze in Sydney - this is her inspirational story, written by her elder sister.