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Athlete Commission

Athletes at the heart of clean sport

Athletes are at the heart of everything we do. Listening to athletes and ensuring our mahi is guided by their knowledge and perspectives is vital to our success and to clean sport in Aotearoa New Zealand. Zealand.

Nick Paterson, Chief Executive, Drug Free Sport New Zealand

Our strategic plan places Kiwi athletes at the very heart of our initiatives and our mahi. Engagement with our ultimate customers – the athletes – is fundamental to what we do, and that's why we've established an Athlete Commission.

The purpose of our Athlete Commission is to bring an independent athlete voice, from athlete representative groups or from individual athletes, to all aspects of our mahi. The Commission will act as an advisory group - independent from us but committed to our ultimate goal of clean athletes and clean sport.

The Commission has three goals:

  • To engage with athletes and use their feedback to support the development of new and existing DFSNZ programmes and initiatives;
  • To assist DFSNZ in reviewing and recommending effective ways to engage athletes, support persons and NSOs;
  • To bring diversity to DFSNZ decision making (gender, cultural background, disability and diversity of sports).

The Commission held their inaugral hui on Wednesday 17 November 2021 and will meet a minimum of three times each year.

Contacting the Athlete Commission

Do you have feedback about our work or ideas for how we can improve? Share them with our Athlete Commission via email at

Athlete Commission Members

  • Toby Cunliffe-Steel


  • Emma Rolston


  • Ruby Tew


  • Shea McAleese


  • Adam Hall MNZM


  • Tracy Lambrechs


Athlete Commission Terms of Reference

Download the Athlete Commission Terms of Reference.