Our Ambassadors

Sophie Devine 

Sophie is a top calibre athlete who has represented New Zealand in both Women’s Cricket and Hockey. Sophie also has Type 1 Diabetes. She was diagnosed wen she was 15 and in her words:

“Having lived with Type 1 Diabetes for 9 years, it has never stopped me from achieving my goals, if anything it has pushed me to succeed and to show that those living with Diabetes are capable of anything!”

Sophie is now working NZ Cricket where she will play, train and coach to help promote Women’s Cricket on a full time basis. She is also working closely with DYNZ in an effort to bring awareness to Diabetes and more specifically Type 1 Diabetes.

DYNZ is excited to have Sophie on board for a second year. She is absolute inspiration to families and a role model to those who live with this disease day in and day out.

If you wish to follow Sophie, you can by going to her website.


If you are interested in having Sophie speak at an event or would like to find out more, send an email to contact @diabetesyouth.org.nz






Stephanie McKenzie Pic: Dianne Manson. Stephanie McKenzie 

Stephanie is currently part of the New Zealand women’s sprint programme and has recently relocated to Cambridge. She is involved with Team Novo Nordisk, and American based cycling team that have Type 1 Diabetes. ¬†Steph has been selected to represent NZ in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and has a long term ultimate goal of representing NZ in the 2016 or 2020 Olympic Games.

Having Stephanie as an Ambassador for DYNZ will surely help to promote a positive outlook to our youth and families who have Type 1 and wish to reach high in their goals. Stephanie is living proof that Diabetes does not have to stand in your way.

If you want to follow Steph in her triumphs you can follow her on her facebook page:


If you are interested in having Stephanie speak at an event or would like to find out more, send an email tocontact@diabetesyouth.org.nz

Stephanie McKenzie