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ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 secures top event awards
The ICC Women's T20 World Cup held in February/March this year has been recognised at the 2020 Australian Event Awards, including winning top honour ‘Australian Event of the Year’, as well as the country’s ‘Best Sporting Event’.
The ground-breaking tournament attracted an overall attendance of more than 136,000 people to 23 matches in six host cities around the country and generated unprecedented television and digital audience numbers.
The event culminated in a crowd of 86,174 at the final between Australia and India at the MCG on 8th March, a record attendance for a women's sporting event in Australia and the second highest attendance at a women’s sporting fixture anywhere in the world, ever.
The awards were announced on Wednesday evening during a series of simultaneous functions held across Australia. The ‘Australian Event of the Year’ winner is chosen from the national winners of the best event categories and recognises an event that excels against the criteria of its category and demonstrates an outstanding example of innovation and best practice in the events industry.
Nick Hockley, who was Chief Executive of the ICC T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee before taking on his current role as Interim Chief Executive of Cricket Australia, was at the Australian Event Awards function in Sydney to accept the awards.
Hockley enthused “we are thrilled to receive these awards as recognition for what was an incredible event, which featured amazing performances from players on the field and unprecedented support from fans who filled venues around the country and watched in huge numbers on TV.
“The event was only made possible through the support of governments around the country, our world-class venues, the ICC, Cricket Australia, State & Territory cricket associations, commercial partners, media and broadcasters, suppliers, volunteers, players and of course the fans.
“The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup was more than a sporting event – it was an opportunity to showcase women’s sport on the biggest stage. Hopefully, young girls and boys will be inspired to dream big and follow in the footsteps of the star players who put on such an amazing show.”
“Everyone involved will be forever grateful that we were able to complete the event in a year when so many events have been cancelled or postponed. We pay tribute to the resilience of everyone in the events industry, which has been so severely impacted by the pandemic.”
Recent winners of the major awards include the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix (2019) and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (2018).
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be held in Australia in 2022 after the event, originally scheduled for October/November 2020, was postponed due to COVID-19.
Australian Event Award entries are judged by industry leaders and experts from around Australia on all aspects of event management including best practice, innovation, marketing, stakeholder engagement and management, sustainability and event legacy.
Image top: Nick Hockley, who was Chief Executive of the ICC T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee before taking on his current role as Interim Chief Executive of Cricket Australia, on stage with the awards at the event held in Sydney; and Image above: The opening of the Women’s T20 World Cup at the Sydney Showground Stadium. Courtesy of The P.A. People
22nd October 2020 - Long list of industry achievers recognised at Australian Event Awards 2020
14th October 2020 - Australian Event Awards team acknowledge industry support
26th August 2020 - Australian Event Awards announce finalists for 2020
23rd April 2020 - Organisers announce details for 2020 Australian Event Awards
28th February 2020 - The P.A. People support ICC Women’s T20 opening at Sydney Showground
23rd January 2020 - Eden Park set to host ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021
22nd December 2019 - ICC continues partnership with UNICEF for Women’s T20 World Cup 2020
18th December 2019 - Toyota and Cricket Australia partner to help kit out girls’ cricket teams
13th November 2019 - Victorians urged to fill the MCG for Women’s T20 World Cup final
15th October 2019 - Cricket Australia makes commitment to Women’s T20 World Cup pay parity
14th October 2019 - ICC T20 World Cup 2020 appoints KOJO Sport to enhance fan experience
2nd September 2019 - ICC T20 World Cup 2020 launches national schools program
23rd November 2018 - Australian Event Awards Winners revealed
17th October 2016 - Cricket Australia to stage standalone Women’s World T20 tournament
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