Olympic Ambassador Programme

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.

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.

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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 (PDF 4.1MB)

Alison Shanks, Cycling (PDF 3.9MB)

Barbara Kendall, Windsurfing (PDF 4.0MB)

Dillon Boucher, Basketball (PDF 3.0MB)

Emily Naylor, Hockey (PDF 3.7MB)

Emma Twigg, Rowing (PDF 4.8MB)

Evelyn Williamson, Triathlon (PDF 3.5MB)

Heelan Tompkins, Equestrian (PDF 3.4MB)

Joseph Sullivan, Rowing (PDF 4.8MB)

Juliette Drysdale (nee Haigh), Rowing (PDF 4.6MB)

Kayla Whitelock (nee Sharland), Hockey (PDF 3.8MB)

Luuka Jones, Kayak (PDF 5.5MB)

Mahe Drysdale, Rowing (PDF 4.8MB)

Matthew Randall, Cycling (PDF 4.5MB)

Melissa Ingram, Swimming (PDF 3.7MB)

Mike Dawson, Kayak (PDF 4.2MB)

Natasha Hansen, Cycling (PDF 4.5MB)

Nicola Coles, Rowing (PDF 3.5MB)

Paora Winitana, Basketball (PDF 3.8MB)

Peter Taylor, Rowing (PDF 4.8MB)

Rebecca Scown, Rowing (PDF 4.8MB)

Rebecca Wardell, Athletics (PDF 4.0MB)

Sarah Cowley, Athletics (PDF 2.5MB)

Sarah Ulmer, Cycling (PDF 3.6MB)

Sarah Walker, BMX (PDF 2.5MB)

Shea McAleese, Hockey (PDF 3.6MB)

Stacey Michelsen, Hockey (PDF 3.5MB)

Suzannah Bates, Basketball (PDF 3.7MB)

Trevor Shailer, Boxing (PDF 3.4MB)

Other new Ambassadors have been added to the team:

Anita Punt, Hockey

Kendall Brown, Snowboarding

Brooke Neal, Hockey