The pair, who will fulfill the roles of General Manager - Commercial and General Manager - Marketing, Communications and Media respectively, will support CEO Melissa King in delivering a ground-breaking edition of the world’s largest international women’s basketball tournament to be held in Sydney.
Kirby returns to Australia after a six-year stint working in Europe for Australian WorldTour cycling team, GreenEDGE Cycling. She has extensive media and marketing experience across a number of international sports and events, including the London 2012 Olympic Games, AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships and 2010 UCI Road Cycling World Championships.
“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 Organising 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.”
Lockett joins the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 team with over 20 years of experience in the sports, media and entertainment industries. The recent CEO of The Entertainment Lab and former Managing Director of TEG Experiences 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.
King welcomes the new additions, ready to further progress the planning and activation around the event, which will be held 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 explained.
“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.”
The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 is one of the most prestigious titles in international basketball, featuring the world’s best players from 12 of basketball’s powerhouse nations across Asia & Oceania, Americas, Africa and Europe.
The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 is supported by the NSW Government through its major events and tourism agency, Destination NSW and the Office of Sport.