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Bats for Six series concludes with 65 young women participating across Aotearoa

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Women in Sport Aotearoa, in partnership with Nuku Ora, Women in Sport Waitaha and ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup wrapped up the final Bats for Six series at the weekend with 22 Kōhine from across Wellington and Christchurch. 

Kōhine key takeaways included:

  • Never give up!
  • Commit to being part of a community
  • Do regular ‘maintenance checkups’ on my values, passions and strengths

A special talk by Chair of the ICC CWC22, Liz Dawson was also given during the Christchurch event. Thanks to Liz and the ICC team for making the time to share your leadership journey and inspire the next generation of women. 

Bat for Six series wrap-up

A total of 65 young women participated in the Bats for Six programmes alongside 40 wāhine toa already working in the sport and recreation sector.

Across the series, all our participants explored their values, strengths and passions in a 2-hour workshop followed by an ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup match experience. Some also had unexpected surprises, such as meeting Gold medalist and Olympian Emma Twigg, a Behind the Scenes Tour of the #CWC22 venues and being interviewed in front of cricket fans on the big screen at the matches.

CEO Rachel Froggatt said, “Our amazing team, partners and hosts have played a significant role in the leadership development of 65 of our future female leaders. After a long period of disruptions due to Covid, it’s really great to be able to deliver these important programmes for young women in Aotearoa. We are also delighted and grateful to have the expertise of Dr Sarah Leberman and Dr Farah Palmer, who together co-designed and gifted the programme for our Bats for Six initiative.”

The Bats for Six series has been a collaborative effort across the North and South Islands. WISPA is grateful to all our amazing partners for their support and contribution to the kaupapa. We look forward to working together again to deliver more opportunities and initiatives that ensure women and girls are valued, visible and influential in sport and recreation. 

Our amazing partners:

  • ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022
  • Sport Bay of Plenty
  • Aktive Auckland
  • Women in Sport Otago
  • Sport Waikato
  • This is Me
  • Sport Waitaha
  • Nuku Ora

Our hosts:

  • Dr Sarah Leberman MNZM, Women in Sport Aotearoa
  • Dr Farah Palmer ONZM, New Zealand Rugby Board Member, Massey University and Former Black Fern
  • Meaghan Wilby, Basketball NZ
  • Leanne Turrell, Volleyball
  • Katie Barrott, Capital Football
  • Frankie Stewart, Cricket Wellington
  • Erin Roxburgh Makea, Board Member, Women in Sport Aotearoa
  • Chloe Monnier, Nuku Ora 
  • Rosa Bach, Nuku Ora
  • Liz Dawson, ICC 2022 CWC Chair
  • Annette Purvis , NZOC/IAAF
  • Wendy Trolove, Netball NZ
  • Shani Clark, Sport Canterbury
  • Char Pouaka, Former NZ Softballer
  • Katrina Mansfield, Sport Canterbury
  • Jo Redfern, Aktive Auckland
  • Jenna Wootten, Aktive Auckland
  • Lynette Adams, Sport Waitakere
  • Maddi Mclean, The Shift Foundation
  • Nicky van den Bos, Women in Sport Aotearoa
  • Lizzie Dooley, New Zealand Cricket
  • Jody Cameron OLY, Basketball New Zealand
  • Luciana Garcia, Sport New Zealand
  • Monique Wright, University of Otago, former roles with Otago Rugby Football Union and Sport Otago
  • Dr Roxanna Holdsworth, Sport Waikato
  • Kirsten Petrie, (Associate Professor) Associate Dean Academic (UoW)
  • Amy Marfell, SW General Manager Regional Leadership
  • Sharleen Nathan, Student Achievement Practitioner & Regional PLD Lead (MoE)
  • Amigene Metcalfe, SW Sport
  • Eimear Richardson, Northern Districts Cricket
  • Sarah Cowley Ross, Former Track and Field NZ Olympian, Current sports commentator
  • Julie Paterson, Co-Founder of Women in Sport Aotearoa
  • Melanie Giles, Sport Bay of Plenty
  • Abbie Johnston, Sport Bay of Plenty
  • Mere Rangihuna, Women in Sport Aotearoa
  • Shanee Kiriau, Women in Sport Aotearoa
  • Peta Forrest, Women in Sport Aotearoa

Read more about our other events below:

  1. Dunedin
  2. Tauranga and Auckland
  3. Hamilton

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