23 Sep 2014

Van Dyk becomes athlete representative

11:08 am on 23 September 2014

The former Silver Fern Irene van Dyk has been elected a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee's Athletes Commission.

Following her retirement from international netball in June, van Dyk says she now wants to spend time contributing to the well-being of New Zealand athletes.

The Athletes Commission represents the interests of New Zealand's Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes.

It provides oversight and input into a number of issues including selection policies, athlete agreements and the appointment of team officials, as well as having representation on the New Zealand Olympic Committee Board.

Van Dyk says she wanted to become involved as it's important that athletes voice be heard and those representing have experience of competing on the world stage.

Van Dyk, who helped the New Zealand Netball Team win two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games says she believes she can contribute to supporting athletes as they transition to life after sport.

Former Silver Fern Irene van Dyk

Former Silver Fern Irene van Dyk Photo: Photosport

She also wants to play a part in the high performance environment "where detail and performance planning, right down to the finer details, could be the extra ingredient to help someone win gold. It is a way of making sure that athletes have available everything they need to perform at the top of their game."

Alexis Pritchard (boxing), Shea McAleese (hockey) and former cyclist Cath Cheatley were also confirmed to the commission following recent elections and will join a team of experienced athletes including triple Olympic medallist Barbara Kendall and bronze medal winning rower Nathan Twaddle.