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22 September
01 October, 2022
King Lockett Women's World Cup 2022 exec team appointments
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Australia make important executive team appointments for Women's World Cup 2022

SYDNEY (Australia) -  Basketball Australia have announced Taryn Kirby and Dustin Lockett as the first executive team appointments to the 2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup Local Organizing Committee.

In fulfilling the roles of General Manager - Commercial and General Manager - Marketing, Communications and Media respectively, the two will aid CEO Melissa King in delivering a ground-breaking edition of the world’s largest international women’s basketball tournament to be held in Sydney.

"We're in a really exciting time for basketball and women's sport in general and I am confident that this opportunity, along with the objectives of the Local Organizing Committee, will help us deliver a must-see tournament in 2022," Kirby said. "I’m looking forward to working with Melissa and Dustin to bring this event to life for fans worldwide."

"As a team, we're motivated to deliver the best-ever Women's Basketball World Cup ..."- Melissa King

Kirby has a wealth of experience, which includes working in Europe for Australian WorldTour cycling team, GreenEDGE Cycling, the previous six years. Other media and marketing experience saw her involved in theLondon 2012 Olympic Games, AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships and 2010 UCI Road Cycling World Championships.

Lockett has over 20 years of experience in the sports, media and entertainment industries. He was recently CEO of The Entertainment Lab and former Managing Director of TEG Experiences and has also held commercial roles at BBC Studios, the National Institute of Dramatic Art and IMG, and is a current Independent Director of the Stawell Gift.

"I am excited to be joining Melissa and the team and playing my role in making the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 a huge success on and off the court during the tournament and ensuring we leave a lasting and positive impact for women in sport in Australia," Lockett said. 

The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup will be staged at Sydney Olympic Park from 22 September to 1 October 2022.

"We have big ambitions for next year's FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup and I am confident our recruitment of Taryn and Dustin will go a long way in enabling us to achieve those goals," King said.

"As a team, we're motivated to deliver the best-ever Women's Basketball World Cup and bringing that opportunity and spectacle to the Australian and international corporate and public spheres."

Australia, winners of the event when it was held in Brazil in 2006, will be among the 12 teams competing at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022.