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WISPA and WISPO collaborate to advance women’s leadership in Dunedin.

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In our first series of Bats for Six, Women in Sport Aotearoa in partnership with ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 and Women in Sport Otago hosted its first 1-day leadership workshop ahead of the West Indies vs England Women’s Cricket World Cup game. The programme aims to support young women who aspire to develop their leadership in sport and recreation.  

The workshop brought together 15 young women aged 16-19 years from four high schools across Dunedin (Columba College, St Hildas, Otago Girls and Queen’s High School). WISPA Co-Chair, Professor Sarah Leberman MNZM facilitated the session in a true hybrid style manner alongside WISPA board member Erin-Roxburgh Makea (Ngāti Porou), who tuned in from Wellington. Participants learned how to exercise leadership while exploring their values, strengths, and passions and how these can translate and be manifested in sport and active recreation. 

3 quotes from our kōhine (young women) mentees:   

  • “My values, strengths, and passions are a big part of who I am and if I can apply them properly, I can be a truly great leader”  
  • “Be confident and allow your passions to direct you into your future pathway”  
  • “Good leadership is finding people with diverse strengths”  

Following their leadership session, the group enjoyed an afternoon of hospitality and world-class cricket at the University Oval for the West Indies vs England #CWC2022. 

During the match, our mentees got to share with the home crowd about what they learned in their workshop and how exercising leadership in sport and active recreation has helped to realise their potential.  

We loved being part of this opportunity to support a new generation of leaders here in the Otago region. Special thank you to our partners at Women in Sport Otago:  

  • Luciana Garcia  
  • Monique Wright  
  • Nicola Wood  
  • Kim Dodds  
  • Warren Kearney  
  • Jodi Brown  
  • Clare Kearney  
  • Lauren Jarvie   

 We look forward to our next Bats for Six series in Tauranga alongside our partner, Sport Bay of Plenty

 Friday 18th March, Tauranga – in partnership with Sport Bay of Plenty 

  • Workshop Venue – TBC 
  • Timings for workshop – 9:30am – 11:30am NZT 
  • Cricket – Hospitality in the World Cup Marquee (West Indies v Bangladesh) 

Read more about Bat for Six here


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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