2013 AIMS Games; Legends in the making.
Monday, September 9, 2013
As the 10th anniversary of the NZCT AIMS GAMES edges closer the 6500 athletes are making final preparations and completing last practices before they arrive into the Bay of Plenty, representing their schools, and many with bigger dreams in mind.
There are a number of stories evolving about the competitors, their achievements and their goals for the tournament and beyond. 12 year old Gina Galloway is one of the fastest young swimmers in New Zealand today, who has an amazing inspiration in her Grandmother Ngaire Galloway (Ngaire Lane). Gina’s grandmother Ngaire represented New Zealand at the 1948 Olympics in London, Olympian number 56. After a six week journey by boat in a post war era, Ms Galloway was New Zealand’s only female athlete to attend. She was also New Zealand’s first female swimmer to hold concurrent junior, intermediate and senior national records.
Ngaire is thrilled her second to youngest grandchild has taken to swimming and diligently trains, with outstanding results. Gina is a year 8 student at Diocesan School for Girls in Auckland and has just completed the Auckland Regional Winter Champs where she gained first place in eight races and second in two further races at this meet.
Gina is looking forward to attending her second AIMS tournament, and will be sure to contact her grandmother for regular updates!
The Fairfield Intermediate School Football First XI were treated last week to a coaching session from ex-pupil and All-White Aaron Scott, as part of their prep for this year’s AIMS Games. He and Isaac Nicholson (HBHS 1st XI), coached the boys in some defensive cover and support, plus some one on one attack and defence. The boys really enjoyed the coaching as did Mr Scott. "The boys' behaviour, skill and attitude were superb," he commented “and he wishes the boys luck for the AIMS Tournament.”
Several other well known New Zealanders will also be in attendance – coaching, managing or as spectators – all coming to the 10th anniversary games to support their children’s schools and teams. Well know names as Cameron Brown (Triathlon) supporting his son in his multi-sport event, Rueben Wiki (Rugby league) will be cheering on his daughter in the swimming events and Olympian and Football Fern Jenny Bindon is managing the Pinehurst schools teams.
With less than one week to go, the largest intermediate and middle school sporting tournament will welcome some of the best athletes from over 193 schools including seven schools from Australia and one from the Cook Islands, some of who may, one day, be sporting legends in their own right.
For further information and the event schedule please visit www.nzaimsgames.co.nz
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