Check out the websites, tools and documents listed below, providing information to assist athletes at all stages of their careers. You can also follow us on twitter and facebook for the latest updates.

Latest news from the NZOC Athletes' Commission:

Welcome to our newest members of the NZOC Athletes' Commission: Irene van Dyk, Shea McAleese, Alexis Pritchard and Cath Cheatley, who were voted on by the athletes of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Team. Katie Calder was also voted on by the athletes of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Team earlier in 2014. Profiles on these and our other members, along with more information about the Athletes' Commission, can be found below.

The latest from the IOC:

IOC Performance Management Tool - "Captured" is a unique tool designed for athletes and their entourage that offers exciting learning opportunities that will aid in improving performance on and off the field of play.

IOC Athlete MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) - The IOC has bought together Olympic Champions, world-renowned coaches, leading academics and inspirational leaders to give athletes the chance to learn from the best in sport

Athlete Career Programme Kit.pdf - This kit, developed by the IOC, contains everything athletes need to know about retiring from sport

Other information of interest:

IOC Athletes' Space - Website dedicated to providing information and resources for athletes

The Athletes' Kit - Information and Resources from the IOC for athletes at all stages of their careers: life skills, education, employment and more

Adecco Athlete Career Programme - Free resource for any New Zealand Olympic or Commonwealth Games representative, providing career advice and access to education and training tools 

IOC Athletes' Handbook

IOC Athletes' Commission Newsletter - For The Record

IOC Athletes' Commission 

Drug Free Sport New Zealand

World Anti Doping Agency

World Anti Doping Agency Athletes' Committee 

High Performance Sport NZ 

High Performance Sport NZ Athlete Life 


The NZOC Athletes’ Commission work to ensure that athletes’ views on things that matter to NZ’s elite athletes are heard by the NZOC’s decision makers. The NZOC Athletes’ Commission is…

An advisory group made up of Summer and Winter Olympians and Commonwealth Games representatives established and maintained by the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) which acts as the athletes’ voice to ensure that your views are represented, heard and taken into account within the NZOC and in its decision making. The NZOC Athletes’ Commission serves as both the Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission and the Commonwealth Games Federation Athletes’ Commission.


Is to make a difference and be a voice for athletes on all decisions impacting on you.


The NZOC Athletes’ Commission was established on 4 July 1986. The guiding principle behind its creation was to provide a bridge between athletes and sports administrators to ensure that your ideas and needs are presented to the NZOC Executive in your own words. This is still true today. Founding Commission members were Chester Burt (Shooting), Ian Ferguson (Canoeing), Richard Lockhart (Swimming), Lorraine Moller (Athletics), Ken Reinsfield (Wrestling), Chris Timms (Yachting) and John Walker (Athletics). Since then, some of NZ’s finest athletes have served as members.


The NZOC Athletes’ Commission is an influential voice in the make-up of the NZOC. We are entitled to representation on the NZOC Board, ensuring a direct line to the decision makers and decision making within the NZOC. The Athletes’ Commission has had input into the following issues in the last 12 months:

- Appointment of athletes to consult on Olympic and Commonwealth Games uniform design

- Assisting in the development of an Athlete Support Development Program for in-Games athlete support roles to help create an athlete-centred, inspirational, high performance environment for athletes to compete in

- Providing a representative to the NZOC’s new Olympic Education Commission

- Advising on the athletes agreement for Summer and Winter Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games

- Contributing to the appointment of Games team medical personnel

- Helping to develop leadership pathways and opportunities for athletes

Click here to see the NZOC Athletes' Commission Terms of Reference

Click here to see the NZOC Athletes' Commission Strategy 


If you’d like to get in touch with the NZOC Athletes' Commission, or get more information, please email


The NZOC Athletes' Commission is currently made up of 11 representatives from the Summer Olympic Games, Winter Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.

Chantal Brunner (Athletics) (Olympian number 692) - NZOC Athletes' Commission Convenor

- Olympic Games 1996, 2000; Commonwealth Games 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006

Katie Calder (Cross Country Skiing) (1113)

- Olympic Games 2010 

Cath Cheatley (Cycling) (1009)

- Olympic Games 2008; Commonwealth Games 2006, 2010

Irene van Dyk (Netball)

- Commonwealth Games 2002, 2006, 2010

Beatrice Faumuina (Athletics) (706)

- Olympic Games 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; Commonwealth Games 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010

Alison Fitch (Swimming) (708)

- Olympic Games 1996, 2004; Commonwealth Games 2006

Barbara Kendall (Boardsailing) (631) IOC Member

- Olympic Games 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 

Shea McAleese (Hockey) (1057)

- Olympic Games 2008, 2012; Commonwealth Games 2006, 2010, 2014

Alexis Pritchard (Boxing) (1196)

- Olympic Games 2012; Commonwealth Games 2014

Ben Sandford (Skeleton) (991)

- Olympic Games 2006, 2010, 2014

Nathan Twaddle (Rowing) (966)

- Olympic Games 2004, 2008