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“Change Inspires Change”

8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport

Live Digital Launch: 4 September 2020, 12.30pm NZT

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Posted 31 August 2020

Women in Sport Aotearoa, acting in its capacity as the International Working Group (IWG) on Women & Sport Secretariat 2018 – 2022, is excited to announce that we will officially launch the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport at a digital event on Friday 4 September, from 12.30 – 14.00 New Zealand Time, in partnership with Trans-Tasman Business Circle SportsConnect

In a world still deeply affected by COVID-19, Women in Sport Aotearoa is pleased to launch the first ever physical-digital hybrid IWG World Conference, on behalf of the International Working Group (IWG) on Women & Sport. We are inviting you to join us on the journey toward and beyond Auckland, May 2022.

This exciting digital launch will feature:

  • A live address from the Hon Grant Robertson, New Zealand Minister of Sport and Recreation
  • A recorded keynote from well-known Australasian sports administrator, Raelene Castle ONZM (Ngāpuhi)
  • A live panel discussion with audience Q&A moderated by former New Zealand Black Ferns rugby player and TV host Melodie Robinson (Ngāi Tahu) and featuring: the Hon Grant Robertson, along with newly announced Captain of the New Zealand White Ferns cricket team, Sophie Devine, and Haylee Putaranui (Ngāti Maniapoto), Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Fonterra, one of New Zealand’s largest businesses.

Our “Change Inspires Change” short film will also debut. Our new campaign is all about empowering the individual to make positive change for women and girls in sport and physical activity worldwide. It follows a simple premise: every change you make, no matter how small or large, inspires the next, and the next. By sharing your story, you help inspire others to make change. Tune into the digital launch to find out more!

The live digital launch of “Change Inspires Change” was announced following the postponement of our original launch event, the Captains Lunch 2020, which will be staged at a later date following a change to COVID-19 alert levels in Auckland, New Zealand during August. Stay tuned for a new date, as this event will be back, bigger and better than ever! A very special thank you to many of our “Captains” (table hosts), who are still joining us on Friday for the launch!

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An enormous thank you to Sport New Zealand; ATEED; Tourism NZ; Trans – Tasman Business Circle and our many partners, friends and allies for their support.

Meet the Speakers:

Opening Remarks – the Hon Grant Robertson, Minister for Sport & Recreation

Meet Grant Robertson here.

Digital Keynote – Raelene Castle ONZM (Ngāpuhi), former Chief Executive of Rugby Australia

(note: due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Raelene’s address has been specially recorded for this event in Australia)

Meet Raelene Castle here.

Meet the Panellists:

Panel Moderator- Melodie Robinson (Ngāi Tahu), General Manager, Sports & Events, TVNZ

Meet Melodie Robinson here.

Panellist 1 – the Hon Grant Robertson, Minister for Sport & Recreation

Meet Grant Robertson here.

Panellist 2 – Sophie Devine, Captain, WHITE FERNS – New Zealand Women’s Cricket Team

Meet Sophie Devine here.

Panellist 3 – Haylee Putaranui (Ngāti Maniapoto), Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Fonterra

Meet Haylee Putaranui here.

Closing Remarks – HE Patricia Forsythe AM, Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand

Meet HE Patricia Forsythe AM here.

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Meet your Hosts: 

On the day of the event, you will be welcomed by:

Rachel Froggatt, Chief Executive, Women in Sport Aotearoa and Secretary General of the International Working Group (IWG) on Women & Sport

WISPA exists to transform society through leadership, advocacy and research, ensuring that all women and girls gain equity of opportunity to participate, compete and build careers in play, active recreation and sport in Aotearoa New Zealand. A charity, it delivers programmes nationally and is currently global delivery agent for the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport Secretariat & Conference 2018-2022. Read more about Rachel.

Rachel will be joined by members of the Women in Sport Aotearoa Board, along with Co-Chair of the IWG, Raewyn Lovett ONZM:

Julie Paterson, Sarah Leberman MNZM, Louisa Wall MP, Martin Snedden CNZM, Nicki Nicol, Pauline Harrison, James Gibson and Raewyn Lovett ONZM.

You will also be hosted by:

Sharron Lloyd, General Manager, New Zealand, Trans – Tasman Business Circle

Trans-Tasman Business Circle is a strategic growth partner for the region’s leading organisations in the public and private sector, providing opportunities to grow relationships, profile, insights and business knowledge. Its extensive and influential network in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore has assisted its clients to achieve their objectives by building strategic relationships, deepening business insights and increasing profile. Read more about Sharron.

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