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Bats for Six makes its way to Hamilton ahead of India v Bangladesh #CWC22

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Women in Sport Aotearoa, Sport Waikato, This is ME and ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup join forces in delivering Bats for Six in Hamilton, New Zealand. 

Wāhine toa, Dr Farah Palmer ONZM facilitated the fourth Bats for Six workshop with 8 high school kōhine from across the Hamilton region, ages 15 to 18 years. The workshop aims to help kōhine realise their leadership potential and identify their values, strengths and passions to exercise leadership in their everyday life.

Following the workshop, our kōhine enjoyed an afternoon of hospitality at the cricket ahead of the India v Bangladesh #CWC22.  For many, this was the first-time experiencing a World Cup game. They were then interviewed on the big screen to share their leadership insights alongside Sport Waikato Women & Girls Initiative Adviser, Dr Roxanna Holdsworth.

Key takeaways from this group included:

  • Beware of the female filters (expectations on girls), to learn the practical application of exercising this lens every day.
  • The importance of communicating with other women and girls on a regular basis.
  • Who you surround yourself with is important to draw out your values and strengths, so that you can use them to the best of your ability. The various activities reinforced what I learned about leadership and opened my perspective to a new way of learning. 

Special thanks to our wāhine toa, who helped host our kōhine in attendance throughout the day:

  • Kirsten Petrie – (Associate Professor) Associate Dean Academic, University of Waikato.
  • Amy Marfell – General Manager Regional Leadership, Sport Waikato
  • Sharleen Nathan – Student Achievement Practitioner & Regional PLD Lead (MoE)
  • Amigene Metcalfe – Sport Development Manager, Sport Waikato
  • Eimear Richardson – General Manager, Northern Districts Cricket
  • Sarah Cowley Ross – Former Track and Field NZ Olympian, current sports commentator

We loved being part of this opportunity to support a new generation of leaders. Special thank you to our partners at Sport Waikato for delivering this kaupapa.

We look forward to our fifth Bats for Six series in Wellington alongside our partner, Nuku Ora

Friday 25 March, Wellington – in partnership with Nuku Ora

  • Workshop Venue – Gibson Sheat Offices Waterfront
  • Timings for the workshop – 8:45am – 10:45am NZT
  • Cricket – Hospitality in the Long Room (Bangladesh v Australia) 


Nicky van den Bos, WISPA Programme Director, / 022 059 7999 

COVID-19 Management & Protocols

Aotearoa New Zealand is currently operating on the “red” setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework (CPF). WISPA is fully compliant with all government restrictions in the planning and the delivery of its off-site workshops, and will also adhere to all rules set by the ICC and the LOC at the match venues. The workshops will be offered primarily as physical events, however hybrid and virtual-only options will also be used if necessary.


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