The educational objective of the New Zealand Olympic Committee is to inspire young New Zealanders to live the Olympic Values through sport and the celebration of the Olympic Games. A specific focus is to ensure our Olympians’ stories are maximised for the benefit of our youth. The NZ Olympic Ambassador Programme was developed to address this goal using the inspiration of Olympian role models living the Olympic Values. 

Since its inception in 2008, the goal of the NZ Olympic Ambassador Programme has been to inspire young New Zealanders through our Olympians' stories. NZ Olympic Ambassadors are inspirational role models living the Olympic Values. They engage with youth through school visits and presentations. NZ Olympic Ambassadors work mainly in primary schools, targeting ages 8–13 years. In sharing their sporting, Olympic and life experiences they deliver key messages and examples to inspire and motivate youth to live the Olympic Values through sport and life in general; to participate and achieve; and to be the best they can be.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee has recently expanded the NZ Olympic Ambassador Programme and linked it with values-based Olympic Education in schools to create a legacy, with the aim of inspiring every child in New Zealand to live the Olympic Values and to play sport.

With the support of the New Zealand Community Trust and the Southern Trust, the NZ Olympic Ambassador Programme has grown to include 28 NZ Olympic Ambassadors based throughout New Zealand.


Guidelines for schools having an Olympic Ambassador visit can be downloaded here

 Please note: NZ Olympic Ambassador visits are in high demand and are subject to availability - not all requests will be able to be fulfilled. There is no cost to schools when having an NZ Olympic Ambassador visit.

 Profiles of our NZ Olympic Ambassadors can be found here:

Aaron Orangi, Bobsleigh

Alison Shanks, Cycling

Barbara Kendall, Windsurfing

Dillon Boucher, Basketball

Emily Naylor, Hockey

Emma Twigg, Rowing

Evelyn Williamson, Triathlon

Heelan Tompkins, Equestrian 

Joseph Sullivan, Rowing

Juliette Drydale (nee Haigh), Rowing

Kayla Whitelock (nee Sharland), Hockey

Luuka Jones, Kayak

Mahe Drysdale, Rowing

Matthew Randall, Cycling

Melissa Ingram, Swimming

Mike Dawson, Kayak

Natasha Hansen, Cycling

Nicola Coles, Rowing

Paora Winitana, Basketball

Peter Taylor, Rowing

Rebecca Scown, Rowing

Rebecca Wardell, Athletics

Sarah Cowley, Athletics 

Sarah Ulmer, Cycling

Sarah Walker, BMX

Shea McAleese, Hockey

Stacey Michelsen, Hockey

Suzannah Bates, Basketball

Trevor Shailer, Boxing

Other new Ambassadors have been added to the team:

Anita Punt, Hockey

Kendall Brown, Snowboarding