Kiwis flock to help Cricket World Cup

The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 begins at the Bay Oval next March. File Image.

Organisers of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 are thrilled to announce that 1000 Kiwis have now signed up as ‘CWC22 Champions’ in support of the tournament.

The competition gets underway at Mount Maunganui’s Bay Oval from Friday, March 4 2022 with six other games also being hosted at the venue.

Launched in February, the community engagement campaign has seemingly struck a chord with people from all over Aotearoa.

“We’re ecstatic with the uptake of this fantastic campaign, which brings the World Cup action right to the heart of our communities,” says CWC22 chief executive Andrea Nelson.

“From our leaders within the Beehive to sideline supporters at local clubs, we’re pleased to see so many New Zealanders embracing the opportunity to back what is the first World Cup to come to Aotearoa since the global pandemic struck.”

With the initial goal of recruiting an army of 1000 tournament champions achieved organisers have now set their sights on doubling the target as the tournament rides a growing groundswell of support.

From sports legends to comedy royalty, Aotearoa’s biggest names have already lined up to show their support for the best cricketers in the world and they are appealing for others to join the team.

Those who sign up will join the team of familiar faces such as Sir Richard Hadlee, Dame Valerie Adams, Kane Williamson, Toni Street, Madeleine Sami and Laura McGoldrick.

The list of prominent Champions includes many former White Ferns, several whom were a part of the 2000 World Cup winning squad.

“I am not surprised 1000 people signed up so quickly, I have no doubt there will be more,” one of many volunteers, Laura McGoldrick, says.

“I cannot wait for the CWC22! We saw first-hand in 2015 how special World Cups in your own back yard are. We have a brilliant White Ferns side taking on the best teams in the world with amazing women who will inspire the next generation of young cricketers, and I for one cannot wait to cheer them on.”

The first 1000 people who have signed up as CWC22 Champions will receive an exclusive tournament merchandise pack as well as priority access to events in the lead-up to the World Cup.

New Zealanders can still sign up to be a CWC22 Champion to get amongst the World Cup action.

For tournament information, fixtures, champion sign up details and all the latest ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 news, go to

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