Captains Lunch 2020

Celebrating Female Leadership in Sport and Business 

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Posted: 3 July 2020

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

The International Working Group (IWG) on Women & Sport, its delivery agency, Women in Sport Aotearoa (WISPA), and the Trans – Tasman Business Circle (TTBC) are excited to announce the date for the previously postponed 2020 Captains Lunch. It will now be held on Friday 4 September 2020 and we are delighted to advise that Eden Park in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland remains our venue sponsor.

Following a sell-out success in 2019, the Captains Lunch is returning for its second year, bigger and better than ever!

As partners, IWG-WISPA and TTBC 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. With COVID-19 playing havoc with sport and disproportionately affecting women’s sport globally, it’s also a place to celebrate leadership into the recovery phase and the three women’s World Cup events coming to New Zealand, 2021 – 2023.

Over 300 sport and business leaders are expected with 250 tickets already sold. This year, the event will also mark the start of the journey toward Aotearoa New Zealand’s hosting of the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, from 5 – 8 May 2022. WISPA 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 WISPA to support its key programmes, including the IWG Secretariat & World Conference 2018 – 2022.

Tables will be hosted by an array of “Captains” from across sport and recreation in Aotearoa New Zealand (see below). This will include a mix of female athletes, coaches, leaders and male allies for change.

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Meet the Speakers!

The following speakers will contribute to a great event in 2020:

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

Meet Grant Roberston here.


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

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

Meet Raelene Castle here.

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Meet the Panellists!

Panel Moderator- Rikki Swannell, sports broadcaster 

Meet Rikki Swannell here.

Panellist 1 – Sophie Devine, Captain, WHITE FERNS – New Zealand Women’s Cricket Team

Meet Sophie Devine here.

Panellist 2 – HE Patricia Forsythe AM, Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand

Meet HE Patricia Forsythe AM here.

Panellist 3 – to be announced shortly!

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Meet the Captains!

The following Athletes, Coaches, Leaders & Allies have agreed to “Captain” tables in 2020:

Sophie Devine (White Ferns), Beatrice Faumuina ONZM (Sport NZ), Sarah Walker (Olympian),

Megan Gifford nee Signal (weightlifter), Sarah Gibbs (NZ Football)

Peter Miskimmin (Sport NZ), Jennah Wootten (Sport NZ), Michael Scott (High Performance Sport NZ), 

Kereyn Smith MNZM (NZ Olympic Committee), Andrea Nelson (2021 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup)

David White (NZ Cricket), Michelle Hooper (2021 Rugby World Cup – women), Mark Robinson (NZ Rugby),

Andrew Bowater (NZ Football), Jennie Wyllie (Netball NZ)

Claire Beard (Triathlon NZ), Nick Sautner (Eden Park), Shelley McMeeken (Halberg),

Lynette Grace (Paralympics NZ), Simon Kent (Olympic Weightlifting NZ).

Find out more about the “Captains” here!

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

Date:                  Friday, 4 September 2020

Time:                 1.00pm – 3.00pm


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)


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

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

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

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

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

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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 $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 $150 pp + gst.

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For any questions about the special offer please contact


To register your attendance as media, please contact: 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, Secretary 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, along with Co-Chair of the IWG, Raewyn Lovett ONZM:

(l-r) 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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