3 May 2011

Olympic gold medal winning hockey player dies

3:04 pm on 3 May 2011

Paul Ackerly, a member of the New Zealand hockey team which won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics, has died.

He was 61.

Ackerly passed away in Wellington hospital this morning after a short illness.

He was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame along with the rest of that 1976 gold meal team, in 1990.

He was also coach of the national women's team for six years, taking them to a bronze medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.