Individually carved greywacke pendants given to each member of the New Zealand AYOF team today are a symbol of team unity and spirit.
Created in New Zealand's Southern Alps and ground down to smooth river stones the greywacke pendants were collected by hand in mountain streams before being each carved with a koru design.
"Each stone is different," said Chef de Mission Barry Larsen. "Individually made, they are all of the same South Island stone. Our athletes wear these pendants and are reminded that they are part of a strong and unique team."
The pendants were handed out to to athletes and support staff at the conclusion of the Team welcome function in Syndey tonight by Beijing bronze medallist Mahe Drysdale.
Pendants are also worn by members of New Zealand's Olympic teams. For Beijing the pendants were carved from a single piece of South Island pounamu gifted by Ngai Tahu.