The New Zealand Olympic Education Commission (NZOEC) has been established to advise the NZOC Board on development strategies to promote Olympism and achieve its objective in Olympic Education of:
Inspiring young New Zealanders to explore, engage with and model the Olympic Values through participation in sport and the celebration of the Olympic Games.
 
The Olympic Education Commission operates at a strategic level to add value to the Olympic Education programme development and implementation through defining success criteria, strategies and key partnerships for the projects. The Commission monitors progress through evaluation, feedback and ongoing research and reports to the NZOC Board.
 
The Olympic Education Commission incorporates the New Zealand Olympic Academy (NZOA) and is a member of the International Olympic Academy (IOA).
 
The inaugural meeting of the NZOEC was held on 27 June 2012.
 
OLYMPIC EDUCATION COMMISSION MEMBERS:
 
KEREYN SMITH – Secretary General NZOC
 
GILLIAN HEALD – Chair
 
GARRY CARNACHAN
 
LINDSEY CONNER
 
SUE EMERSON
 
YVETTE MCCAUSLAND-DURIE 
 
NATHAN TWADDLE
 
 
Profile: GILLIAN HEALD  B. Sc., M.Ed., Dip.Tchg., MNZM
 
Education Specialist
 
Gillian has held several leadership roles in education, including principal of Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and co-director of Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti and served for several years on the Board of the NZ Secondary Schools Sports Council. She is recognised internationally for her role as Guardian of New Zealand’s Secondary Futures project and is the Education Specialist for the New Zealand United World College project.
 
She has extensive governance experience in a range of organisations including the University of Canterbury Council, the University of Canterbury Foundation, Rutherford’s Den, the Independent Schools Council, the Aurora College Establishment Board, Canterbury Opera, REANNZ (KAREN network) and is currently a trustee of the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Board and the CORE Education Trust.
 
In 2010, Gillian was awarded the MNZM (Member of New Zealand Order of Merit) for Services to Education.
 
Profile: GARRY CARNACHAN  B.Sc., Dip.Tchg.
 
Executive Director NZ Secondary Schools Sports Council
 
Garry was previously the principal of Opunake High School in Taranaki and is currently Executive Director of the New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council. He has previously worked as the Professional Development Manager for the NZ Rugby Union and managed both the Junior All Blacks and Hurricanes rugby sides.
 
Garry has had a lifetime involvement in sport and education with a particular passion for the potential sport has to engage students in our schools and enhance academic, social and health outcomes.  He is currently leading a significant pilot project Sport in Education in conjunction with SportNZ, the Ministries of Education and Social Development and the NZOC. The aim of the project is to improve academic achievement, reduce negative social outcomes and increase participation in Sport and Physical Education in schools by using sport as a context for learning and student and community engagement. 
 
Profile: DR LINDSEY CONNER  B.Sc., M.Sc., Dip.Tchg., Ph.D. (Monash)
 
Deputy Pro-vice chancellor, University of Canterbury College of Education - School of Science and Physical Education.
 
Lindsey is highly regarded as a strategic thinker in futures in education and innovative pedagogy. Her professional role has links with the Centre for Olympic Studies at the University of Canterbury (UC).
 
She has been involved in developing and researching how to teach values, planning, monitoring and goal setting in education settings, how to motivate learners, how to deal with setbacks and how to reframe thinking to support a healthy lifestyle as it applies to all areas of life.
 
Lindsey is involved in academic development of new programmes for teacher education and in UC partnerships with schools to prepare students for teaching practice and for engaging teachers in professional development.
 
Profile: SUE EMERSON  Dip. Ph.Ed., Dip.Tchg.
 
Head of Department of Sport, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland.
 
A NZ Women’s Hockey team representative, selected for NZ Olympic team to Moscow in 1980. 
 
Sue is a writer, researcher and educator. She developed a consultancy business in sport leadership in the 1990s after many years teaching and has been Head of Sport Studies in two tertiary institutions. Key areas of professional passion are the power of developing leadership through sport, positive coaching cultures and creating environments that provide opportunities for youth to lead.
 
Sue was the key writer for Sport NZ’s Growing Leaders programme for primary and secondary school young leaders. She was a member of the NZ Coach Development working party to provide a framework for coach education and wrote the Growing Coaches programme for secondary school students.  She has consulted extensively and is regularly an invited speaker in the sport industry.  
 
Profile: YVETTE MCCAUSLAND-DURIE (Ngati Awa) B.Ed., M. Ed., Dip.Tchg., Dip.Sport Management
 
Director of Learning, Tu Toa, (Maori Sports Academy)
 
Tu Toa is a small secondary education provider based in Palmerston North. Its educational philosophy is to focus on and foster excellence in academic, sporting and cultural programmes for its students, and it is gaining a reputation as a national talent incubator for emerging Māori athletes. Yvette’s role at Tu Toa includes teaching and sport, Head Coach – Netball, Health & PE, Leadership Team and Academic Supervisor.
 
Yvette is a former Silver Fern squad member and ex- coach of the Pulse and NZ Under 21 Netball teams. She has been a participant in the HPSNZ (High Performance Sport NZ) coach accelerator programme and was the Maori Sports Coach of the Year 2007. 
 
Profile: NATHAN TWADDLE  B. Ph.Ed., Dip.Finance., MNZM.
 
Specialist Athlete Life Advisor HPSNZ , NZOC Athlete Commission Representative.
 
Nathan carved out a successful international rowing career in the men’s pair, teaming up with George Bridgewater to achieve:  bronze medal in men’s pair at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games; Rowing World Champion 2005; silver medallist 2006 & 2007. The pair was named Team of the Year at the 2005 Halberg Awards and winner of the NZOC Lonsdale Cup 2005.
 
Having retired from elite rowing in 2010, Nathan joined High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) as an Athlete Life Advisor, which is involved in the educational, career and personal development of New Zealand representative athletes.  Nathan has been a member of the NZOC Athlete’s Commission since 2009 and he represented the NZOC at the International Olympic Academy Young Participants session in Olympia in 2011 which has a strong focus on Olympism, education and the Olympic Movement. 
 
In 2008, Nathan was awarded the MNZM (Member of New Zealand Order of Merit) for Services to Sport.