The New Zealand Olympic Committee is calling for expressions of interest for the second intake of the NZ Olympic Women's Sport Leadership Academy.

The academy was launched in 2017 and supports New Zealand’s female Olympians to make a positive transition from sport performance to sport leadership.

The academy provides a unique learning environment that supports the women to further develop their leadership competencies over three workshops, with the course culminating in a special project which is presented to a panel of sporting leaders. The academy also links the participants into a global network of female leaders in sport.

The NZOC is looking for interested retired or retiring female Olympians who are identified as current and future leaders in their organisations, and who have an aspiration and commitment to pursue a leadership pathway. The women must also be committed to making a difference and enhancing opportunities for women and girls in sport. More information can be found here with applications closing 26th November 2018. 

Chantal Brunner was one of 18 Olympians involved in the first edition of the 18-month programme. She says the academy exposed her to a wide range of learnings.

“Being part of the Women's Sport Leadership Academy has been a tremendously rewarding and challenging experience. It’s been great to connect with other female Olympians and to develop our leadership skills and behaviours in a supportive and encouraging environment.

“The group project was a lesson in planning, teamwork and collaboration and has left me inspired by the talents of the amazing women in my group.”

NZOC CEO Kereyn Smith says the NZOC is facilitating the programme as it recognises that women are significantly under represented across high level sport administration.

"Over recent Olympic and Commonwealth Games we have seen our sportswomen create history on the field of play through their performances and achievements, but as we look around sport nationally and internationally, we see a lack of women in key roles. This programme is part of the solution. The accumulated experience these Olympians have gained in their sporting careers combined with this programme, will help form a wonderful platform of leadership for the sector.”

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