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.
KEREYN SMITH – Secretary General NZOC


Gillian has held several leadership roles in education, including principal of Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and founding co-director of Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti. She is recognised internationally for her role as a Guardian of New Zealand’s Secondary Futures project aligned with the OECD Schooling for Tommorrow project. She has extensive governance experience in a range of organisations including the NZ Secondary Schools Sports Council, Independent Schools Council, University of Canterbury Council, Rutherford’s Den, Aurora College Establishment Board, Canterbury Opera and REANNZ Research and Education Advanced Network NZ, and is currently on the boards of The Arts Centre of Christchurch, CORE Education Charitable Trust, Te Aho oTe Kura Pounamu and the NZ Qualifications Authority.

In 2010, Gillian was awarded the MNZM for Services to Education.


Executive Director NZSSSC 

Previously Principal of Opunake High School in Taranaki and currently Executive Director of the New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council. Worked as Professional Development Manager for the NZ Rugby Union and managed both the Junior All Blacks and Hurricanes rugby sides.

Garry also manages the Sport in Education project for SportNZ and has a passion for the potential sport has to engage students in our schools and enhance academic, social and health outcomes. 


Head of Dept of Sport, Unitec, NZ Women’s Hockey team rep, selected for NZ Olympic Team to Moscow in 1980.

Developed a consultancy business in sport leadership in the early 1990’s, after many years teaching. Areas of real focus: positive coaching environments, games as teaching tools, and effective pedagogy and team leadership. Wrote Sport NZ’s Growing Leaders.  Consulted extensively to Sport and Recreation NZ, Coaching NZ , Sport ITO, RST’s


Deputy Pro-vice chancellor, Uni of Canterbury.  College of Education - School of Science and Physical Education.

Futures thinker, influential, links with University of Canterbury Centre for Olympic Studies, Has been involved in developing and researching how to teach values, planning, monitoring and goal setting in education settings, interested in 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.

Involved in quality assurance academic development of new programmes for teacher education (pre and in- service).  


MANUKURA, Director of Learning, Teaching & Sport; Head Coach - Netball; Health & PE, Leadership Team; Academic Supervisor

Former Silver Fern squad member and ex- coach of the Pulse and NZ Under 21 Netball teams. Member of HPSNZ coach accelerator programme.  MANUKURA 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. 


Nathan carved out a successful international rowing career in the men’s pair, teaming up with George Bridgewater to take the World Championship title in 2005 in the famous Gifu Kiwi medal haul.  The duo also took home silver medals in 2006 at Eton and 2007 at Munich.  His career highlight is undoubtedly when they won Bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.   He has also won eight further FISA World Cup medals, four of which were gold. Accolades and awards followed, including the Halberg Team of the Year title in 2005.

Having retired from elite rowing in 2010, Nathan joined High Performance Sport New Zealand 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; he also represented the NZOC at the Olympic Academy Youth session in Olympia in 2011 which has a strong focus on education and the Olympic Movement.  Nathan also holds Bachelors in Physical Education and Post Graduate Diploma in Finance with a particular focus on policy and behavioural finance.   

Bronze medal in men’s pair in Beijing 2008. Rowing World Champion 2005, silver medallist 2006 & 2007. Team of Year 2005 Halberg Awards, NZOC Lonsdale Cup 2005; Member NZ Order of Merit 2008