The New Zealand academy was launched in 2017, with 18 Olympians involved in the first edition of the year-and-a-half long programme.

The academy supports New Zealand’s female Olympians to make a positive transition from sport performance to sport leadership.

The programme provides the participants with a unique learning environment which helps them to further develop their leadership competencies.

Three workshops will be held as part of the programme, 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 New Zealand Olympic Women’s Sport Leadership Academy is run in partnership with the University of Chichester, England which launched the first international Women’s Sport Leadership Academy programme in 2014.

You can find out more about the programme here

The participants for the 2019/2020 intake of the NZ Olympic WSLA programme are:

  • Genevieve Behrent, Rowing, Rio 2016
  • Julia Edward, Rowing, London 2012, Rio 2016
  • Sally Farmer, Basketball, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004
  • Siona Fernandes, Boxing, London 2012
  • Amaka Gessler, Swimming, London 2012
  • Katie Glynn, Hockey, London 2012
  • Debbie Hansen, Triathlon, Beijing 2008
  • Erika Harris, Skiing, Torino 2006
  • Lizzy Horlock, Hockey, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
  • Jaimee Lovett, Canoe, Rio 2016
  • Kate McIlroy, Triathlon, London 2012
  • Char Pouaka, Softball, Sydney 2000
  • Polly Powrie, Sailing, London 2012, Rio 2016
  • Alexis Pritchard, Boxing, London 2012
  • Michelle Rennie, Cycling, Athens 2004
  • Rebecca Rolls, Football, London 2012, Rio 2016
  • Angela Subramaniam, Gymnastics, Seoul 1988
  • Georgina Toomey, Swimming, CWG Melbourne 2006
  • Liz van Welie, Swimming, Sydney 2000
  • Leanne Walker, Basketball, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004
  • Evelyn Williamson, Triathlon, Sydney 2000

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