With just over 40 days to go until the Australian Women’s Cricket Team kick start their campaign at Junction Oval against New Zealand to secure the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, cricket fever is rising with the arrival of the T20 Trophy Tour in Victoria.
Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan today welcomed the national trophy tour to Bendigo and launched the T20 World Cup Volunteer Program, which saw volunteers unveil their new uniforms to the public for the first time.
The Trophy Tour is showcasing the stories of inspiring women from communities across Australia and will next visit Bendigo on 22 January followed by Melbourne from 4 – 10 February ahead of the first Women’s match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 21 February.
Local recruit, Judith Kidman, former Bendigo teacher who loves her cricket so much she’s more than ready to make a four- hour return trip from Bendigo each day to volunteer in Melbourne during the competition, joined Ms Allan at the program launch.
Judith is one of 1,200 dedicated volunteers the ICC T20 World Cup has recruited for both tournaments across Australia for a wide range of roles and who will represent the diversity of our nation’s communities across ages, cultures and background.
Victorian volunteers will support 13 group stage matches at Junction Oval and the Melbourne Cricket Ground, both the women’s and men’s finals at the MCG and first round matches in Geelong at Kardinia Park Stadium.
With Victoria hosting more games during the tournament than any other state, local volunteers will be busy welcoming thousands of sports fans from around Australia and the world to Victoria.
World Cup organisers have secured global superstar Katy Perry to perform at the 8 March decider at the MCG on International Women’s Day. Victorians are being encouraged to come along and smash the world record for attendance at a women’s sporting event that’s inspiring budding female cricketers for years to come.
The T20 Volunteers Program is just one of the many initiatives the Andrews Labor Government is supporting to help communities share in the excitement of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020, which features two stand-alone events in the one country for the first time.
For more information on the ICC Women’s World Cup T20 Trophy Tour go to: https://www.t20worldcup.com/trophytour
Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan
“Bendigo has a proud sporting history and a bright future and we’re even prouder that Bendigo is one of the first stops on the T20 National Trophy Tour.”
“With the start of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup just a few weeks away and with new initiatives like the Community Cricket and T20 World Cup Legacy Programs, there’s never been a better or more exciting time for girls and women to get into cricket.”