New Zealand is contributing to growing gender equality on IOC commissions with representatives appointed to roles which will help to shape the future of global sport.

Five New Zealanders have been appointed to commissions which provide guidance to the IOC across its operations. 

Four of the five New Zealanders are women, helping the IOC to more than double female participation in its commissions since 2013. 45.4 per cent of the positions across the IOC’s 27 commissions are now occupied by women, a historic high.

Leading the way is former IOC Member Barbara Kendall (Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008) who has been re-appointed to the Women in Sport Commission. The commission advises the IOC on how best to promote equal opportunities for girls and women to participate in, and benefit from sport and physical activity.

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Barbara Kendall speaking at the ANOC General Assembly 2018

Paralympics New Zealand CEO Fiona Allan has been appointed to the IOC Olympic Channel Commission which provides guidance to the IOC on the operation of the Olympic Channel.

Kereyn Smith, NZOC Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General, has been re-appointed as an IOC member on the Sport and Active Society Commission which promotes sport and physical activity at all levels around the world.

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Kereyn Smith talking to athletes at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018

Former NZOC Board Member and Athletes’ Commission Chair Chantal Brunner (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000) has been re-appointed to the IOC Athletes’ Entourage Commission which advises the IOC on how best to support athletes on and off the field of play.

Brunner also acts as the Chair of the New Zealand Olympians Commission and is on the World Olympians Association.

Rounding out the New Zealanders is Duane Kale (Atlanta 1996 Paralympian, Vice President of the International Paralympic Committee) who is on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games Coordination Commission. The commission is working to monitor the progress of Paris 2024, and provide guidance to the Organising Committee in regard to the planning, organisation, staging and financing of the Olympic Games.



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