Captains Lunch 2021

Celebrating Female Leadership in Sport and Business 



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Make sure you join us at the 2021 Captains Lunch – celebrating female leadership in sport and business!

The IWG New Zealand Secretariat (Women in Sport Aotearoa) and Trans – Tasman Business Circle SportsConnect are excited to announce the new date for the previously postponed 2020 Captains Lunch. It will now be held on Friday 7 May 2021 and we are delighted to advise that Eden Park remains our venue sponsor. This year we will celebrate a very special milestone – exactly ‘1 Year to Go’ until New Zealand hosts the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport – May 2022.

Following a sell-out success in 2019, the Captains Lunch will return, bigger and better than ever!

Over 300 sport and business leaders are expected with 250 tickets already sold. This year the event will also be broadcast online to the global IWG community – more details soon!

As partners, the IWG New Zealand Secretariat (Women in Sport Aotearoa) and Trans – Tasman Business Circle SportsConnect firmly believe that the Captains Lunch is an important dialogue, celebrating women with the focus on bringing sport and business communities together in one room, to meet and connect in person. This is especially important as COVID-19 plays havoc with sport and disproportionately affecting women’s sport globally.

This year the Captains Lunch will celebrate the journey toward and beyond the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Taking place in from 5-8 May 2022, the 8th IWG World Conference is one of the “big four” women’s sports events coming to Aotearoa New Zealand, with the Cricket, Rugby and Football World Cups all on their way from 2021-2023. It is the largest gathering in the world dedicated to gender equity in sport and physical activity, with 2,000 expected in-person and virtually.

Uniquely, the Captains Lunch will be supported by over 30 “Captains” (table hosts), including female athletes, coaches, leaders and male allies for positive change. The “Captains” confirmed as attending are listed below. Each will host a table of guests, consisting of a mix of senior sport and business leaders. In the next few weeks, announcements will be made about keynote speakers and other presentations on the day.

Women in Sport Aotearoa is a charity that 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. Funds raised from the event will be used by Women in Sport Aotearoa to support its key programmes including delivery of the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport.

Read about the 2019 Captains Lunch here.

Read about the digital launch that replaced the postponed 2020 Captains Lunch here.

An enormous thank you to Sport New Zealand; Auckland Unlimited; Tourism NZ; and our many partners, friends and allies for their support.



Rencontrez les capitaines!

So far, the following Athletes, Coaches, Leaders & Allies have agreed to “Captain” tables in 2021:

Raelene Castle ONZM (CEO, Sport NZ), Duane Kale (Vice President, IPC), Andrea Nelson (CEO, 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup),

Beatrice Faumuina ONZM (Board Member, Sport NZ), Claire Beard (CEO, Triathlon NZ).

David White (CEO, NZ Cricket), Fiona Allan (CEO, Paralympics NZ), Jennah Wootten (General Manager, Partnerships and Communication, Sport New Zealand),

Jennie Wyllie (CEO, Netball NZ), Johanna Wood (President, NZ Football).

Kereyn Smith (CEO, NZ Olympic Committee), Michael Scott (CEO, High Performance Sport NZ),

Michelle Hooper (Tournament Director, 2021 Rugby World Cup), Nick Sautner (CEO, Eden Park), Simon Kent (Coach, Olympic Weightlifting NZ).

Shelley McMeeken (CEO, Halberg), Lynette Grace (deputy Chef De Mission to Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games),

Megan Signal (Olympic Weightlifter), Jody Cameron (Tall Ferns Assistant Coach).

Find out more about the “Captains” here!



Thanks to generous sponsorship from Eden Park Trust, we are delighted to be moving the event to Eden Park this year – 

Rendez-vous amoureux:                  Friday 7 May 2021 NZT

Temps:                 1.00pm – 3.00pm (arrive at 12.45 for networking)

Lieu:               

Eden Park, South Level 4 Lounge, South Stand, Gate G

Reimers Avenue, Kingsland, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand

(free parking in P5; security will assist with parking. Enter building at Gate G, take lift to level 4)

Speakers:

Announcements soon!

Tickets:

If you previously purchased a ticket for 2020 and did not request a refund, your booking is still being held. You will receive information on email.    

Trans – Tasman Business Circle members can purchase a table of 10 (9 places + 1x seat for a “Captain”) at the member price of NZ $1,500 + gst + booking fee.

Corporate organisations and non-members can purchase a table of 10 (9 places + 1x seat for a “Captain”) for NZ $2,500 + gst + booking fee.

Single tickets are also available for those attending alone or in small groups:

  • NZ $150 pp + GST + booking fee for members of TTBC
  • NZ $250 pp + GST + booking fee for non-members of TTBC

Students can access tickets for NZ $100 pp + gst + booking fee.

For tickets please contact sharron.lloyd@buscircle.com

We are committed to making the Captains Lunch as accessible as possible for those in the Aotearoa New Zealand sport and recreation system.

Prior to lockdown, we sold-out our maximum of 150 tickets for sports organisations, athletes and individuals at the special rate of NZ $100 pp + gst each.

We are pleased to announce however that we are able to offer more tickets to sport and recreation with another special offer: the Member price of NZ $150 pp + gst.

Media:

To register your attendance as media, please contact: dora.beara@buscircle.com or +64 27 3400 811.



Meet your Hosts!

The Captains Lunch is a special event, designed together in partnership by IWG-WISPA and the Trans – Tasman Business Circle.

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

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

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 not-for-profit, 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:

Julie Paterson, Sarah Leberman MNZM, Louisa Wall MP, Martin Snedden CNZM, Nicki Nicol, Pauline Harrison,

Erin Roxburgh-Makea, James Gibson and Kelly Evans.

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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