Tokyo Olympic rowing champion Emma Twigg, Blacks Sticks great Kayla Whitelock join NZOC Athletes Commission

  • 14/10/2021

Olympic rowing champion Emma Twigg and women's Black Sticks great Kayla Whitelock have been elected as the newest members of the NZOC's Athletes Commission.

The two four-time Olympians join former track and field competitor Sarah Cowley Ross, who was re-elected.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission is an advisory group made up of Summer and Winter Olympians and Commonwealth Games representatives, acting as the athletes' voice to ensure their views are heard and considered within the NZOC and in its decision making.

Cowley Ross says ensuring athletes' views are represented in decision-making is more important than ever.

"I'm thrilled to be re-elected to the Commission and would like to welcome our two new members who will work to champion our athletes' views and opinions," says Cowley Ross.

"We are on a mission to increase the mana of the athlete's voice in New Zealand and are putting a real focus on progressing athlete wellbeing in the high performance environment."

Twigg, who won gold in the singles sculls in Tokyo, says she's looking forward to joining the commission and continuing to ensure athletes are at the forefront of the Olympic movement.

"I hope to be able to draw upon learnings from the experiences that have shaped my career, and make sure the focus remains on championing athlete wellbeing, equal opportunity, and inclusivity in sport and in our boardrooms," says Twigg.

The three join Richie Patterson, Alison Shanks, Beau-James Wells, Ben Sandford, Sarah Walker and Alexis Pritchard on the commission.