Loren Heaphy, ChristchurchNZ General Manager Destination and Attraction says: “We are very pleased to have our cricketing facilities upgraded ahead of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022. Cricket is a core part of Canterbury culture, as is equality, with suffrage being born here in Otautahi Christchurch.”
“The awarding of this funding from government is a great example of the legacy impact events like the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 can have on a city, and reaffirms our ability to host large-scale global events.”
Lincoln University Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor, Bruce McKenzie says: “Lincoln University has a long-standing and successful partnership with NZ Cricket, and the High-Performance Centre at Lincoln has been a drawcard for elite international and domestic cricketers.
“Having a proven track record of educating sporting athletes for over 21 years the University welcomes the news, and views it as a key step forward in terms of developing and preparing the country’s finest cricketing talent.”
New Zealand Cricket CEO, David White says: “This announcement is great news for cricket at all levels in Christchurch. We see the WHITE FERNS and the BLACKCAPS in the same light and these facility improvements are important as we aim to provide an equal experience for both our male and female cricketers.
“The ongoing collaboration between New Zealand Cricket and Lincoln University has warranted a world class high performance facility and we would like to thank the New Zealand Government for helping us to ensure this venue is fit for all cricketers, regardless of their gender.”
ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 CEO Andrea Nelsons says: “As host nation of this global sports event, it’s important that we provide world class venues and facilities for the teams competing in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 (CWC22). Beyond the nationwide celebration of cricket in 2022, the CWC22 legacy will improve the experience of our women and girls in cricket for future generations.
“This is what major events are all about. We’re very pleased that this World Cup will be the catalyst for meaningful change for many of New Zealand’s premier sporting venues and the players that will benefit from these facility upgrades for many years to come.”
The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 match schedule is due to be announced next month.