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NZOC: DJ Forbes joins New Zealand Olympic Committee

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Former men’s Rugby Sevens captain, Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist DJ Forbes has joined the New Zealand Olympic Committee in a newly created role dedicated to athlete engagement and wellbeing.

Forbes, who has played a role in domestic and international players associations, will bring additional expertise in player welfare and coaching performance in elite teams to the organisation.

New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith says the appointment will enhance the New Zealand Team’s performance environment and athlete experience at Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

"Our Team Manaakitanga is built on excellence, respect, integrity and pride," said Smith, referring to the culture and philosophy that underpins the performance of New Zealand Team.

"Athletes consistently tell us the environment we create at games time adds value, but international sport is increasingly competitive. Each and every member of the New Zealand Team must be prepared, empowered and supported as they achieve their goals on the world’s stage, and that’s where DJ comes in."

"His expertise and experience will further strengthen the leadership capability of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and our connection to athletes.

"We warmly welcome him to the New Zealand Team."

Forbes said he was looking forward to the new role. "I have a passion for athletes, for New Zealand sport and for the development of new and engaging approaches to management and coaching," he said.

"There is a significant opportunity to strengthen athlete engagement in sport and I’m really pleased to take on this role and support the New Zealand Team."

Forbes will sit on the Tokyo 2020 Leadership Team led by Chef de Mission Rob Waddell comprising representatives across all areas of games planning including Preparation and Recovery, Operations, Medical, Sport Psychology, Athlete Support and Security.

He will also support the development of team culture and athlete engagement for the 2019 Samoa Pacific Games, San Diego Beach Games and the 2020 Lausanne Olympic Winter Youth Games. Forbes’ new role also sees him support the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s Athlete Commission.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee has also appointed a Team Services Project Manager to support operations and logistics in the build-up to Tokyo 2020 and beyond. Shaun Iwikau brings event and project management experience from New Zealand Rugby League to the organisation which is now just 597 days from the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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