With lyrics about hitting and running hard to become a champion, you would be forgiven for thinking Gin Wigmore's 'Girl Gang' was written specifically to promote a global sports tournament.
It wasn't – but the Kiwi pop star is over the moon her female empowerment anthem has been confirmed as the official song of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2022.
“When you send a song out to the world, you never really know what will happen,” Wigmore said. “You do certainly have hopes for it. I guess I had thought it would make a great theme song for something. So when the ICC called I was like, ‘Heck yeah, that is so cool'.
“I’m really thrilled. It’s so exciting.”
From her fourth album, Ivory, Girl Gang was confirmed as the song of the tournament at an event at Mt Maunganui beach, with Wigmore quite literally dropping in for the occasion. The singer overcame a long-standing fear of heights to skydive down to the beach with the World Cup trophy.
“It is legit my biggest fear,” she said. “But given what Girl Gang stands for, I figured I needed to follow through and take care of some bad gal business.”
'Girl Gang' was also the name of an inspiring project Wigmore launched alongside the release of Ivory. The project brought together five different female artists from non-music disciplines to create their own pieces of art based on an assigned single from Ivory.
The project celebrated women coming together to "fight against a society that so often pits us against each other and tears us down”.
As part of the series, Wigmore also had a sit-down interview with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The pair discussed topics such as women having to work harder for success, their pregnancies, motherhood, memorable advice they’ve been given and how to inspire a younger generation that their dreams are possible.
Crowned New Zealand's breakthrough artist of the year in 2010 at the New Zealand Music Awards, Wigmore was named the country's best female solo vocalist in 2015 and has been nominated twice for MTV Europe Music Awards.
The countdown is on for 2022! 🚨— ICC (@ICC) March 17, 2021
New Zealand pop star Gin Wigmore dropped in (literally) to Mt Maunganui beach to launch 'Girl Gang' as the official theme song of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup 2022 🪂#LetsShowThem #CWC22 pic.twitter.com/sXkOUwkOFr
The beach was a fitting location to launch Girl Gang as the official song of the tournament given Wigmore's fondest memories of the sport are of games of beach cricket at the family holiday home in Hahei on New Zealand's north island.
“I was kind of the kid who sat over to the side on the bench drawing and writing,” she said.
“So this is actually going to be a really cool journey. I’m really excited about learning all about cricket and the World Cup. From what I’ve seen so far these women are amazing athletes.”
The tournament will be held in New Zealand from 4 March to 3 April 2022, with 31 matches played across 31 days at six venues.
'Hit hard, cause a scandal
Can't stop, I'm hard to handle
Don't care if my halo dips
My rights to this is worth the risk
Run fast, blood of a champion
One chance to make it happen
Don't care if my halo dips
My rights to this is worth the risk'
- 'Girl Gang', Gin Wigmore
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