The Sport NZ Women + Girls Summit 2021

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  • Online
29 September 2021
08:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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The Sport NZ Women + Girls Summit 2021 is a one-day event on Wednesday 29 September for those who aspire to or are currently working towards delivering more equal opportunities for women and girls to improve their physical activity and wellbeing in Aotearoa, New Zealand.


Shaped under the overall theme “Change in Action”, Summit 2021 is focussed on the experiences of young women aged 16-30 with a programme packed full of keynote speakers workshops and panels ready to empower attendees with the practical steps to implement and sustain positive change for women and girls.

When: Wednesday 29 September
Where: Join the virtual event or get along to a physical event being hosted by our partners across Aotearoa, New Zealand
Inclusions: Earlybird, Standard and Student Registration types include access to the online event and an invitation to a physical gathering. Organisation Registrations are for the virtual event only.

Earlybird registrations are open for a limited time only. Click here for information about regional events, speakers and FAQs. 

Speaker Bios

Arizona Leger

Arizona Leger is a proud child of Oceania being of Samoan, Maori, Tongan and Fijian heritage. She was born and raised here in Aotearoa. She has no fear ‘venturing into the unknown’ to break new grounds of opportunity and equality for all young women. In 2018, Arizona was appointed to the New Zealand Ministerial Advisory Group to review the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). She was then nominated to attend the G(irls)20 Summit in Tokyo as the Indigenous Delegate in May 2019. Most recently, Arizona was selected for the Kau Tuli, the youth steering group for New Zealand’s Ministry for Pacific Peoples and was named as the Co-Chair for the Auckland Council Elections Working Group, Chair of the G(irls)20 Global Summit Committee and an Emerging Director for the Counties Manukau Rugby Union Board. Arizona is also currently completing her Masters in Human Rights at the Auckland University of Technology.

Leilani Hakiwai

At just 16 years old, Leilani was selected for the Hawkes Bay Women’s Rugby Team and she also serves the Hastings community as a group fitness instructor, delivering exercise programmes in schools and at her local gym, Patu Heretaunga. 

 Leilani has demonstrated courage and resillience while moving through tragedy and overcoming challenges with dyslexia and mental health. She has continued to break through these barriers whilst maintaining her personal goals, including recently becoming a certified personal trainer. 

 Her story is truly inspirational! Leilani hopes to inspire other rangatahi especially wāhine to reach for their dreams. She aspires to own a health centre to support rangatahi and dreams of one day competing at the Olympic Games in the Women’s Rugby Seven’s team. 

Chelsea Lane

Chelsea Lane is a Performance Therapist with 20 years experience working with elite and professional athletes. Before leaving Aotearoa, Chelsea worked for High Performance Sport New Zealand as the lead sports physio for Athletics New Zealand. 

In her most recent international appointment with the Atlanta Hawks, Chelsea had a dual executive and medical/performance role. She was responsible for overseeing the physical and mental wellbeing of her players, as well as the creation and implementation of high performance systems and cultures for the benefit of the team as a whole. During her tenure with the Hawks, the team climbed from the bottom of the table to worthy competitors in the Eastern Conference Finals in three short years. 

Chelsea enjoyed the three previous years in the USA working as Director of Performance and Sports Medicine for the Golden State Warriors. Each year of this tenure, the team competed in the NBA finals, winning an astounding two NBA championships. She has recently returned to New Zealand, and we are thrilled to have someone of Chelsea’s calibre presenting at this year’s Women + Girls Summit.

Rachel Māia 

Rachel Māia is a record setting Para climber for New Zealand and a mother of three. After breaking both feet while rock climbing at age 16, Rachel lived with chronic pain until making the decision to amputate her leg at the age of 36.

Rachel’s story is about being bold and brave after two decades of fighting negative self-talk and self-worth. Weaving in experiences from her teen years, through to choosing an amputation and then soldiering on to be back at a World Championship where she placed fourth, less than five month after her amputation. 

Rachel will inspire us to make the necessary adjustments to improve our self-talk and build resilience to stay the course.