The NZOC Athletes’ Commission work is to ensure that NZ’s elite athletes’ views are heard by the NZOC’s decision makers.

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The New Zealand Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission is an advisory group made up of Summer and Winter Olympians and Commonwealth Games representatives which acts as the athletes' voice to ensure that your views are represented, heard and considered within the NZOC and in its decision making.

The Athletes' Commission has a representative on the NZOC Board, ensuring a direct line to the decision makers and decision making within the NZOC.

The Work of the Athletes' Commission

What we do

The Athletes’ Commission is an influential voice in the make-up of the New Zealand Olympic Committee. We are entitled to representation on the New Zealand Olympic Committee Board, ensuring a direct line to the decision makers and decision making.

The Athletes’ Commission has had input into the following issues in the last 12 months:

  • Appointment of athletes to consult on Olympic and Commonwealth Games uniform design
  • Assisting in the development of an Athlete Support Development Program for in-Games athlete support roles to help create an athlete-centred, inspirational, high performance environment for athletes to compete
  • Providing a representative to the New Zealand Olympic Committee's Olympic Education Commission
  • Advising on the athletes agreement for Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games
  • Contributing to the appointment of Games team medical personnel
  • Helping to develop leadership pathways and opportunities for athletes 

Read the NZOC Athlete's Commission Terms of Reference
Read the NZOC Athletes' Commission Strategy
Position Description - Athlete's Commission

History of the Athletes Commission

The NZOC Athletes’ Commission was established on 4 July 1986. The guiding principle behind its creation was to provide a bridge between athletes and sports administrators to ensure that athletes’ ideas and needs are presented to the NZOC Executive in their own words. This is still true today. Founding Commission members were Chester Burt (Shooting), Ian Ferguson (Canoeing), Richard Lockhart (Swimming), Lorraine Moller (Athletics), Ken Reinsfield (Wrestling), Chris Timms (Yachting) and John Walker (Athletics). Since then, some of NZ’s finest athletes have served as members.

Athlete's Commission Members

The New Zealand Olympic Committees Athletes' Commission is currently made up of representatives from the Summer Olympic Games, Winter Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.

New Zealand Athletes’ Commission – Your Representatives
The New Zealand Athletes’ Commission is your voice in the Olympic Movement.

Through your representatives you have the opportunity to help guide us on a number of important decisions affecting athletes during and outside of Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

 Nathan

Nathan Twaddle #966 (Rowing)
Athletes' Commission Convenor

Olympic Games

  • Beijing 2008 (Bronze)
  • Athens 2004
 Sarah CR

Sarah Cowley #1134
(Heptathlon & High Jump) 

Olympic Games:

  • London 2012

Commonwealth Games: 

  • Glasgow 2014
  • Melbourne 2006
 Mike2

Mike Dawson #1136
(Canoe Slalom) 

Olympic Games:

  • Rio 2016
  • London 2012
Ritchie Patterson2

Richie Patterson #1072 
(Weightlifting)

Olympic Games:

  • Rio 2016
  • London 2012
  • Beijing 2008

Commonwealth Games:

  • Gold Coast 2018
  • Glasgow 2014
  • Delhi 2010
  • Melbourne 2006
 Alexis3

Alexis Pritchard #1196
(Boxing)

Olympic Games:

  • London 2012

Commonwealth Games:

  • Gold Coast 2018
  • Glasgow 2014
 Ben

Ben Sandford #991
(Skeleton)

Olympic Games 

  • Sochi 2014
  • Vancouver 2010
  • Torino 2006
  • Ali3

Ali Shanks #1085
(Cycling) 

Olympic Games:

  • London 2012
  • Beijing 2008

Commonwealth Games:

  • Delhi 2010
  • Melbourne 2006
Sarah W2

Sarah Walker #1101
(BMX) 
Olympic Games:

  • London 2012
  • Beijing 2008

 

 Athlete Tools

ADECCO Athlete Career Programme – Launched in 2005, the Athlete Career Programme (ACP) helps Olympic and Elite athletes successfully manage the difficult transition from elite sport to a new career through professional development and job placement.

Athlete Learning Gateway – The Athlete Learning Gateway programme is hosted by the IOC. The programme provideds education and inspiration for elite athlets featurue top academics, Olympians and leaders in sport. It is a FREE programme.

IOC Athlete Newsletters – Regular digital newsletters from the International Olympic Committee "For the Record". Feel free to sign up to receive a copy.

Like to get in contact, know more or get involved?

If you’d like to get in touch with the NZOC Athletes' Commission, or get more information, please email office@olympic.org.nz.