Responding to the Independent Review

The Independent Review of Gymnastics New Zealand outlines recommendations to improve or change our gymnastics culture and eliminate identified poor practices, processes and behaviour.

Gymnastics New Zealand has a deep commitment to leading and driving change in our sport’s culture and to ensure the practices and beliefs that led to the hurt and suffering by our community members cannot happen again.

Open Process

An independent appointments panel will select members of the Gymnastics New Zealand Steering Committee through a robust and transparent process. This includes engaging and collaborating with survivors, former and current athletes, coaches, clubs and community members, volunteers, relevant experts, and representative bodies. Anyone can put their hand up to be involved, and we will be promoting the roles widely to encourage this.

We welcome your feedback, thoughts and ideas as we move towards implementing the recommendations and the cultural change required in our sport.

Task tracker

Once the Gymnastics New Zealand Steering Committee is in place, workstreams will be published and updated here.


The Independent Review report and our Statement of Commitment to enact the recommendations from the report.

Steering Committee Appointments Panel

The Steering Committee Appointments Panel is an independent panel that will be seeking expressions of interest for participation in an independent 9-member Gymnastics New Zealand Steering Committee which will advise the Board and propose changes to implement the Independent Review recommendations.

This panel is made up of the following people.

Dr Shane Collins

Independent Chair
Dr Shane Collins is a former Olympian having competed at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics for the Black Sticks. She is a former CEO of Canterbury Rugby League and lecturer in international sport policy. A graduate of the NZOC Women in Sport Leadership Academy, Dr Collins is currently a Senior Relationship Manager in the public sector and a Director of Hockey New Zealand.

Maree Burnett

Maree Burnett has held senior operational and governance roles across netball, equestrian and canoe/kayak. Her experience spans grassroots to elite sport. Maree currently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the International Canoe Federation. She has a particular interest in athlete welfare, gender equity, diversity and inclusion issues in sport.

Dr Karina McHardy

Dr Karina McHardy represented New Zealand in artistic gymnastics – winning national titles and placing fifth in her age group at the 1992 World Tumbling Championships. She has coached gymnasts across different ages and levels, including elite. Karina’s experience includes clinical, academic, policy, strategy and health leadership roles including District Health Boards, ACC, the University of Oxford and the World Health Organisation. She holds an MSc in Global Health and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Oxford. Karina was a finalist in the 2020 New Zealand Women of Influence Awards for her public policy work. She is an advocate for diversity and consumer centred change in the health sector and broader society.

Chantal Brunner

Chantal Brunner is a two-time Olympian representing New Zealand at Atlanta 1996 (finalist) and Sydney 2000 in the Long Jump event. Chantal is the Chair of the NZOC's Olympians' Commission, a member of the Executive Board of the World Olympians' Association, the IOC Athletes Entourage Commission and the Foundation Board of the International Testing Agency. She is also a member of the IOC Athletes Declaration of Rights and Responsibilities Steering Group, the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Nomination Board and the Nomination Panel of World Athletics. She is currently Senior Legal Counsel at Les Mills International Limited and was previously on the panel of the NZ Sports Tribunal.

Sally McKechnie

Steering Committee Chair
Sally is a public and administrative lawyer, and partner at Simpson Grierson. Sally helps organisations to navigate and make sense of regulatory processes and has advised on several high profile and sensitive matters, including inquires, investigations, and Royal Commissions. Sally brings impressive experience in helping organisations respond to challenges, risk assessment, policy reform, and formulating strategic responses. She also has years of experience working on issues relating to the abuse of children and vulnerable persons. Sally also has a particular interest in youth and community sport and in safeguarding. She is currently a director of Cricket Wellington.