Toronto Wolfpack’s Global Ambassadors Programme is a true representation of the team’s reach worldwide. Wolfpack games might be broadcast into 100 million homes across the globe but, ultimately, it’s the Wolfpack fans that ensure word of the team and the sport is spread far and wide. Below lists our current Global Ambassadors teams and their captains.
As Toronto Wolfpack’s first ever Global Ambassadors, the First XIII were assigned to Wolfpack Captain Josh McCrone. Team McCrone are part of the programme’s fabric and have been allocated heritage numbers to reflect the order in which they applied to the scheme.
Captain: Sandy Shipley
Team Kay includes a mix of local fans and supporters from abroad. The Netherlands, Jamaica, Pakistan, Scotland, Canada, England, USA and Australia are all represented in the XIII.
Captain: Nicholas Mew
With representatives located all over the world, including Portugal, Italy, France, Japan, Spain, Canada, the UK, USA and Cory Paterson’s home nation, Australia, Team Paterson is one of the scheme’s most diverse teams.
Captain: Nev Taylor
Put together with the help of Sims himself, Team Sims includes individuals located in the USA, UK, Singapore, Australia, the Netherlands, Canada, Papua New Guinea and Wales.
Captain: Kirsten Ulrich
Named after Toronto Wolfpack’s Rugby Operations Manager, Team Maitua is made up of individuals from New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Canada, the UK, Norway, and Ukraine.
Captains: Amy, Jackson & Michaela McIntosh
Named after Wolfpack stand-off Blake Wallace, Team Wallace includes individuals located in Chile, Greece, Japan, Canada, England, Australia, Fiji, Ecuador and Brazil.
Global Ambassadors Scorecard
Although our Ambassadors understand that it’s their responsibility to raise the profile of Toronto Wolfpack’s brand and the game of Rugby in their respective regions, we ensure they are kept engaged with the programme by setting them tasks and challenges on a regular basis.
These tasks are meant to create some friendly competition between our teams of 13, help our Ambassadors get to know each other better and usually require them to work as a team to come out as winners. We encourage Wolfpack fans, Ambassadors or otherwise, to get in touch with ideas for tasks and challenges they’d like to see members of the scheme compete in.
Below, you can get a better idea of the types of tasks and challenges we’ve been setting our Global Ambassadors and which teams have come out on top.
Task 1 – ‘Quirky Photo Challenge’
Tuesday, July 17 – Friday, July 20 (Week 1)
Our first Global Ambassadors task saw the first two teams, Team McCrone and Team Kay, pitted head-to-head. Team members were required to submit four ‘quirky’ photos of themselves representing their respective teams. It was up to team members to communicate with one another to decide which of them had the quirkiest locations nearby and therefore which four photos they should submit. Once they had decided on their four photos, the captain of each team was required to post them on Twitter. The Wolfpack then posted the photos on the team’s official Twitter account asking fans to pick their favourite.
Here’s Team McCrone’s entry for the ‘Quirky Photo Challenge’, posted by team captain, Sandy Shipley, on Twitter – https://twitter.com/doming01/status/1020041232532295683
Here’s Team Kay’s entry for the ‘Quirky Photo Challenge’ posted by team captain, Nicholas Mew, on Twitter – https://twitter.com/NewToRLfamily/status/1020375822375563266
Ultimately, Team McCrone came out on top with the most votes, winning the very first Global Ambassadors task, the privilege of being informed of the next task a day ahead of the other teams and 10 points. For taking part and submitting some great entries, Team Kay were awarded 5 points.
Team McCrone – 10pts
Team Kay – 5 pts
Task 2 – ‘Drop Kick Challenge’
Tuesday, July 24 – Tuesday, July 31 (Week 2)
Here’s where we, and our Ambassadors, started to get really creative. For the second Toronto Wolfpack Global Ambassadors challenge, we tasked the Ambassadors with filming a video of them completing a drop kick. As always, we encouraged creativity and boy did they deliver. Given not all of our Ambassadors have access to rugby balls, let alone rugby posts, we asked them to improvise in whatever way they saw fit. That meant we had entries ranging from drop kicks over coconut signs in Singapore to entire teams of youngsters giving the task a go after spinning on the spot! We were so impressed with our Ambassadors’ entries that we asked the public to decide via Twitter polls which video was best from each team. Then, we pitted the teams against each other, again giving the final say to our followers online.
The final came down to Paul Buchanan’s excellent entry from Team McCrone and Matty Wright’s innovative attempt for Team Kay. Take a look at the final two efforts here – https://twitter.com/TOwolfpack/status/1025476035809370117
Voting went right down to the wire but, again, it was Team McCrone that clinched the win. They came out on top in the poll with 51% of the votes to Team Kay’s 49%, winning 10 points in the process. We wanted to make sure each team was rewarded for their submissions and so gave them 5 points for taking part and an extra 5 points to Team Paterson for submitting our favourite entry. We felt Brenden Waters combined classic Canadian flair with typical Aussie humour. Take a look here – https://twitter.com/TOwolfpack/status/1024434770581901315
Team McCrone – 20 pts
Team Kay – 10 pts
Team Paterson – 10 pts
Team Sims – 5 pts
Task 3 – Super 8s The Explanation
Tuesday, August 7 – Thursday, August 9 (Week 3)
Heading into Toronto Wolfpack’s Super 8s The Qualifiers campaign, Steve Williams of Team Kay had the brilliant idea of our Global Ambassadors putting together their own explanation of the postseason format – hence our Super 8s The Explanation task was born. This time, though, we didn’t want our Ambassadors to compete with one another and preferred them to work together to make sure they educated Wolfpack and rugby fans around the world. We received a number of terrific explanations, including this submission by Richard Larsen of Team Maitua – https://twitter.com/TOwolfpack/status/1027995530075533312. What makes this entry particularly impressive is that Richard, who is located in Andøya, Norway, has only recently found an interest in the sport and so for him to have learned the format of the postseason so accurately and so quickly is a tremendous achievement. He, therefore, earned his team 5 points.
Big shout-outs to the likes of Nicholas Mew, who had help from his son Alexander, Lindsay Wilson, Callum Howells, Matt MacLeod, Mark Stickings, Shaun Baxter, Annie Massey and Nick O’Connor for their efforts and for each also earning their team 5 points.
Once the deadline for submissions had passed, our Global Ambassadors moderators passed on the entries to the Wolfpack’s talented marketing team to mesh the videos together to create one excellent Super 8s explanation. You can watch the final cut here – https://twitter.com/TOwolfpack/status/1028311637147578368
Team McCrone – 25 pts
Team Maitua – 20 pts
Team Sims – 20 pts
Team Kay – 20 pts
Team Paterson – 10 pts
Task 4 – The Popularity Contest Challenge
Tuesday, August 14 – Friday, August 17 (Week 4)
The Popularity Contest challenge was a test of our Global Ambassadors’ abilities as social media influencers and engagers. The teams were pitted against each other to see who could get the person or organization with the most followers on Twitter to post a good luck tweet to the Wolfpack ahead of their first postseason home game against Hull KR. Our Ambassadors didn’t disappoint as they went far and wide to target potential tweeters. The results were quite fantastic, with Team Kay coming out on top by getting NC State Athletics’ official account to post their well-wishes for the game. Honourable mentions go to Team Maitua, who managed to get Fox Sports Australia commentator Andrew Voss to tweet, and Team Sims, who persuaded two Olympians to get involved.
For winning the task Team Kay, were awarded 10 points while the runners up were each given 5. You can see the winning tweets below.
Team Kay – 30 pts
Team McCrone – 25 pts
Team Maitua – 25 pts
Team Sims – 25 pts
Team Paterson – 10 pts
Team Wallace – 0 pts
Global Ambassadors Trade
On Thursday August 23rd, the world of Global Ambassadors was rocked as the very first trade was announced. In a ground-breaking deal, Lindsay Wilson of Team McCrone swapped places with Cristian Alveal of Team Wallace and was made captain of her new team. As part of the trade, the Whitby, Ontario native kept her Global Ambassadors heritage number, #2, while Cristian, from Los Ángeles, Chile, had the privilege of becoming part of the First XIII, taking his place alongside the other founding members.
‘Quirky Photo Challenge’ Round 2
Wednesday, August 29 – Wednesday, September 5 (Week 5)