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NZCT AIMS GAMES Celebrates 10 years of success!

Monday, September 2, 2013

NZCT AIMS GAMES Celebrates 10 years of success!

With only 2 weeks until the 10th NZCT AIMS GAMES International Sporting Championships begin, a week-long event incorporating 16 different sporting codes, 193 schools, seven schools from Australia and one new school from the Cook Islands – this year is expected to be an amazing event with record numbers registered for the tournament.

The event began in 2004 with 750 competitors, from 17 schools competing in 4 sports. Tournament Director Vicki Semple of Sport Bay of Plenty is delighted with the continued support from around New Zealand, Australia and now the Pacific Islands. ‘The growth in athlete numbers confirms the tournaments value as a pathway to sporting success and future champions. The organising committee has a definite objective of broadening the reach and appeal of the tournament further afield, and we are delighted with the interest so far”.

The sporting championships give Year 7 and 8 students (11, 12 and 13 year olds) an opportunity to compete against the best of their age across sixteen different sports.  What started as a small festival of sport nine years ago has grown into what is now considered the National Championships for Intermediate and Middle schools in New Zealand.  Providing opportunities for students to complete at an elite level, be active, celebrate fair play and enjoy success have seen the NZCT AIMS GAMES grow to be one of the largest sporting events in New Zealand.

The Western Bay of Plenty is preparing to host over 6,500 students, with their entourage of coaches, managers and officials – starting with the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust Opening Ceremony on Sunday September 15th at ASB Baypark Arena. Dillon Boucher will be the guest speaker at the Opening Ceremony, speaking to over 7,000 students, teachers and supporters. An exciting line-up of entertainment is also planned for the athletes during the evening.

The list of sixteen sports including traditional teams sports Basketball, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Rugby League and Water Polo, individual events like Badminton, Golf, GymSport, Indoor Bowls, Squash, Swimming and Tennis, and crowd pleasers like Cross Country and Multisport.

In addition to the medals on offer, the school from the Cook Islands, the 7 schools from Australia along with the 12 Far North, 42 Auckland, 3 Coromandel, 18 Waikato, 13 Hawkes Bay, 5 Manawatu, 3 Poverty Bay / Gisborne, 2 Taranaki, 3 Wellington, 1 Marlborough, 6 Christchurch, 42 other schools travelling long distances including schools from the Otago region to participate will strive for the prestigious premiere award of the NZCT Teammates Cup that is awarded for overall excellence throughout the tournament. Competing along with the 43 Bay of Plenty schools, the premiere award is judged upon presentation, punctuality, skill and fair play during competition and respect for officials, fellow athletes and supporters.

The 10th Annual NZCT AIMS GAMES International Sporting Tournament is shaping up to be an amazing event which offers schools from all around New Zealand, Australia and now further afield in the Pacific the opportunity to play against other schools at a national level. The standards are high and medals are for the taking. All around the South Pacific over 6,500 students are energetically practising in their chosen sport to come and represent their schools with pride and anticipated success.

The New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT) is the biggest funder of amateur sport in New Zealand, helping youngsters play sport and keep active is important to them. As the naming rights sponsor the NZCT has been extremely enthusiastic in their support of the NZCT AIMS GAMES for the past six years. A quote from Mr Knel, CEO NZCT “We know sport helps grow healthy communities and getting young people into sport is one of the best things we can do”.

For further information and the event schedule please visit www.nzaimsgames.co.nz

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