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Date: 15 November 2023

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am NZT
(8pm GMT on 14 November)

Via Zoom: Register here

Make sure you watch the panelists pre-recorded kōrero here before Wednesday!

WISPA will mark the one-year anniversary of the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport in Aotearoa with a virtual event, bringing together change makers across the sport and active recreation sector, to hear from some key leaders about their progress since IWG, in regard to the Calls to Action.

There will be some kōrero available for pre-watch, a live panel, plus the chance for Q&A.

Speakers include:

  • Lisa O’Keefe, Secretary General, IWG Women & Sport
  • Helene Wilson, High Performance Sport NZ
  • Rebecca Rolls, Integrity Transition Programme Director, Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission
  • Kylie Heihei, YMCA North Shore


Helene Wilson – Women in High Performance Sport Lead at High Performance Sport NZ
Helene’s coaching career in netball includes many successes across various levels of the game – including guiding the New Zealand Secondary Schools team to wins over Australia, leading the Northern Zone under 23s to a national title and becoming the Mystics head coach in 2016. Once graduating from HSPNZ’s Coach Accelerator Programme, Helene has coached the Fast 5 Ferns to a World Series title in 2018 and led the Northern Mystics to their inaugural ANZ Premiership title in 2021.

Helene currently leads the Women in High Performance programme at HPSNZ, which focuses on enhancing opportunities for women by addressing the gaps in leadership, coaching and the high performance sport working environment. Helene has an authentic leadership style that supports diversity of thinking, valuing the contribution of all expertise and understanding that people are the greatest resource to achieve success.

Helene will talk about her current work, the opportunities she sees for women in high performance sport in terms of coaching and leadership, and how these opportunities can be realised.

Rebecca Rolls – Integrity Transition Programme Director, Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission
Rebecca has a Public Service career spanning over 20 years. This includes 10 years in Police, seven of those spent in the CIB working in serious crime squads. Rebecca then spent 10 years at the Serious Fraud Office, most spent leading the investigations function as part of the Senior Leadership Team. More recently, Rebecca had two years at the Department of Corrections, leading the Integrity, Risk and Assurance functions before joining Sport New Zealand as the Diversity and Inclusion Manager in 2021. Rebecca is a former international athlete, having represented New Zealand in both Cricket and Football.

Rebecca now leads a programme team who are supporting the establishment of the Integrity Sport and Recreation Commission.

Kylie Heihei – Sports League Coordinator at Y North Shore
Kylie is 26 years old and currently the Sports League Coordinator at Y North Shore, formerly known as the YMCA. Kylie will very soon be taking on the role of OSCAR (Out of School Care and Recreation) Operations Supervisor for Auckland.

Kylie’s career has been driven by a deep passion for empowering youth, particularly young girls and women, by providing them with a platform for their voices to be heard and fostering their growth through OSCAR and recreation programmes. Kylie is dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive space for young girls and women, ensuring that they have a voice and opportunities to thrive. In 2023, Kylie was chosen to participate in the WISPA & Shift Foundation led Whānake o te Kōpara programme, which she says played a pivotal role in helping her build numerous life skills and significantly boosting her confidence in herself and leadership.

Lisa O’Keefe – Secretary General, International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport Secretariat & Conference 2022 – 2026
A former international sportswoman, Lisa is a passionate advocate for women’s sport with over 15 years Senior Leadership experience in the sport and physical activity sector.

She previously worked at Sport England where she held several roles including Executive Director of Sport and latterly Executive Director of Insight. Achievements include redesigning Sport England’s approach to investing in National Governing Bodies of Sport, and the creation of the award-winning Insight Directorate at Sport England putting data, insight & learning at the heart of the business, and a catalyst for innovative work such as the globally recognised This Girl Can campaign.

As Secretary General of IWG Women & Sport, Lisa has responsibility for leading the Secretariat of IWG whilst hosted in the United Kingdom through to September 2026.

  • Development, management and implementation of the IWG Strategic Plan 2022 – 2026
  • Delivery of the 9th IWG World Conference, Birmingham 2026 – the world’s largest gathering of experts on gender equity in sport and physical activity
  • Relationship management with global governmental/non-governmental agencies and organisations (Ie. UN Women, UNESCO, WHO)
  • Promoting and monitoring the IWG Brighton plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration and adding value to the work of the global Signatories – currently nearly 600
  • Responsibility for management of all IWG external and internal affairs, globally, including overnight of research programmes and the Insight Hub
  • Day-to-day support for the IWG Global Executive and IWG Global Network


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