Olympic history provides interesting and inspiring stories for students, and real-life examples of values-driven decision making and conflict resolution.

These digital resources profile the unique challenges that our New Zealand Olympic Athletes have faced in their pursuit of excellence – to be the best they can be.

The stories are accompanied by teaching notes to engage learners in authentic problem solving and values exploration that will challenge students to explore, communicate and reflect on their own values and perspectives.

When eight-year-old Lisa Carrington was watching the 1996 Olympic Games with her father, he turned to her after they watched Danyon Loader swim to a Gold Medal, and said, "why don't you go to the Olympics?.  That sowed an ambitious seed in Lisa and at the London 2012 Olympic Games she not only competed but she won a Gold Medal in the K1-200.  Still in her early 20's Lisa is still pursuing excellence.

Lisa Carrington - Kayak

Lisa Carrington - NZC-aligned teaching notes

Peter Snell is one of New Zealand's most successful Olympians.  A keen sportsman, Peter decided to concentrate on running after meeting and becoming one of Arthur Lydiard's "boys". The rest is history.  Three Olympic Gold Medals, Olympic and World records followed before Peter retired from racing in 1965.  Peter then turned his focus back to his education and applied the self-discipline and  self-belief he had gained from his sporting success to gain a PhD in Exercise Physiology from Washington State University.  Voted New Zealand's Sport Champion of the 20th Centuary in 2000, Peter continues to be an inspiration to many.

Peter Snell - Athletics

Peter Snell - NZC-aligned teaching notes

Barbara Kendall

Barbara Kendall - Boardsailing

Barbara Kendall - NZC-aligned teaching notes

Danyon Loader

Danyon Loader  Swimming

Danyon Loader - NZC-aligned teaching notes

Māori Olympians Niniwa Roberts and Trevor Shailer tell their Olympic Stories within a bicultural context. The stories are available in English and te reo Māori. The accompanying teacher notes are also in English, aligned to the New Zealand curriculum, and English and te reo Māori, aligned to Te Marautanga o Aotearoa for Māori-medium teaching and learning.

 Niniwa Roberts – Hockey

Niniwa Roberts – NZC-aligned teaching notes

Niniwa Roberts – Te Haupoi

Niniwa Roberts – He aratohu kaiako (Te Marautanga o Aotearoa)

Niniwa Roberts – Teaching notes in English aligned to Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

Trevor Shailer – Boxing

Trevor Shailer – NZC-aligned teaching notes

Trevor Shailer – Te Mekemeke

Trevor Shailer – He aratohu kaiako (Te Marautanga o Aotearoa)

Trevor Shailer – Teaching notes in English aligned to Te Marautanga o Aotearoa