The trophy tour for the 2020 International Cricket Council (ICC) Women's T20 World Cup was officially launched in Sydney today.
The iconic golden sands of Bondi Beach transformed into a cricket field, as the final countdown began to what is claimed to be the biggest women's sporting event ever held in Australia.
Australian players Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner were joined by fellow trailblazing women, including basketballer Liz Cambage and Olympic gold medal-winning beach volleyball player Kerri Pottharst.
Also present were actresses Sharon Johal and Juliana King, who star in television programmes Neighbours and Bondi Rescue, respectively.
Set to cover more than 14,000 kilometres around the host country, the trophy tour will give thousands of fans the opportunity to see the prize for winning this year's ICC Women's T20 World Cup, due to begin on February 21, with defending champions Australia taking on India at Sydney Showground Stadium.
The 44-day tour will see the trophy visit more than 40 iconic locations around Australia in a bid to bring communities and cultures together.
It will showcase stories about inspiring women, a nod to the tournament campaign of "It’s the Big Dance, and the women are leading".
Fans can get up close with the trophy at various locations, including Sydney, Bowral, Newcastle, Brisbane, Ballarat, Bendigo, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide.
With bushfires devastating families, communities and wildlife across Australia, the trophy tour will be used as a platform to promote bushfire emergency relief efforts, which includes encouraging the global cricket family to support fundraising through the Australian arm of the ICC charity partner UNICEF.
"The build-up to the ICC T20 World Cup is the biggest that I've ever experienced before," Healy, a four-time ICC T20 World Cup winner, said at the launch event.
"You can feel that it's going to be a special event and we can't wait to face India in the opening match at Sydney Showground.
"India have been a bogey team for us at the last couple of World Cups, so we hope with a home crowd behind us, we can put that right and start the tournament on the right note."
The 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup trophy tour is driven by Nissan, a global partner of the ICC since 2015, and will provide a range of vehicles to move the trophy across the country.
"Nissan is proud to support the ICC Women's T20 World Cup trophy tour," Stephen Lester, managing director of Nissan Australia, said.
"We are delighted to help share the excitement of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup throughout Australia, by driving the trophy to all corners of the country.
"We are honoured to support female sport on the global stage, and be part the tournament finale in March at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) that's aiming to break global audience records for female sport."
Nick Hockley, chief executive of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee, added: "The trophy tour is an opportunity for communities around Australia to be part of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
"Fans will get a unique chance to get up close with the trophy as it visits iconic landmarks, community events and schools.
"We have the opportunity to set a new benchmark for a women's sporting event, so we're calling on fans in Australia and around the world to get their tickets and be part of this amazing global momentum we are seeing in sport for women and girls."
Australia will be vying for a fifth ICC Women's T20 World Cup title.
The final of the event is scheduled for March 8, coinciding with International Women's Day.