Inspiring young New Zealanders to explore, engage with and model the Olympic Values through participation in sport and the celebration of the Olympic Games.


The role of the Olympic Education Commission is to advise the NZOC Board on strategies to promote Olympism through education. For further information, refer to the Education Commission Terms of Reference.

Sue Emerson

An educator for three decades, Sue began her career as a secondary school physical education teacher and over the past 18 years has been immersed in  sport education as Head of Department in two tertiary institutions.

As a hockey player Sue was a member of the 1980 NZ Olympic Team.

As the key writer of Sport NZ's Growing Leaders and Growing Coaches programmes Sue facilitates leadership learning for teachers and coaches in primary and secondary schools throughout the country.

Sue consults extensively throughout the sport industry as a member of working parties and a key facilitator, as well as being regularly an invited speaker.

Glen Denham

Glen has held several leadership positions in education in New Zealand and the UK, where he was involved in the strategic direction and governance of UK Special Schools.  He was an Executive Principal of schools in London until 2015 and is currently Principal of Massey High School in West Auckland.

He has been a Hillary Commission Ambassador and was a member of the Halberg Trust.  

Glen was a New Zealand Basketball representative (Tall Black) from 1984-2000 and captain for 13 years.

Glen is of Te Arawa descent and affiliated with Ngati Rangitihi.

Andrew Hunter

Andrew is an experienced primary school principal and mentor. He has been a principal for 23 years in schools ranging from small rural to large urban. He is currently principal at Balmacewen Intermediate in Dunedin.

He has a lifelong involvement in many sports as a player and coach especially cricket and rugby. He has coached Otago rugby teams for many years most recently at ITM Cup level.

Andrew is a strong advocate for the role of sports and fitness in primary school programmes and the benefits it brings for children.

Bernice Mene

Bernice played netball for the Silver Ferns for 10 years, and captained the team for five years. The Silver Ferns won silver medals at the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships with Bernice as captain. Her athletic achievements were recognised in the New Zealand honours list of 2002 where she was awarded a MNZM.

Bernice has broad experience across the education sector. She has taught at Otago Girls' High School and Mount Albert Grammar, and was one of four guardians of the Secondary Futures Project tasked with lifting the success of New Zealand secondary school students. Bernice is currently a Board of Trustees member at St Pauls College in Auckland.

Michael Piper

Michael brings considerable experience and knowledge of the primary school education sector. He is currently Principal of St Mary Mackillop School in Mangere East, South Auckland, and prior to this, was Assistant Principal at St Joseph’s School in Onehunga.

Michael has been involved in sport, particularly rugby, throughout his life as a player, and as a coach.  He believes that children learn important life values through sport, such as the importance of good preparation, competing and playing fairly, and being humble with the end result.

Mike Dawson

Mike is a New Zealand Canoe Slalom athlete and has represented NZ at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016. He is currently working towards representing New Zealand at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games as part of the NZ Canoe Slalom Team. Having held a position on the NZOC Athletes Commission alongside his experience visiting schools throughout New Zealand as an Olympic Ambassador, and work with Sport NZ around sport and education in schools, Mike will provide guidance to help increase the impact of athletes as leaders and role models to inspire the next generation of kiwis.