with Buddy Meyer
Sport BOP Primary School Sport Director
Term 2 is probably the busiest on the primary school sport calendars – there is plenty on offer across the Bay of Plenty for our aspiring athletes and also those just wanting to give it a go.
The pathways for our students to express themselves through sport begins at school level. Those that do well go on to compete in their school cluster event; the next level go on to the WBOP, CBOP or EBOP regional event and, finally, a Bay-wide championship event is often held.
Rippa Rugby, gymnastics and trampolining, Futsal, squash, cross country, basketball and Quick Rip Rugby dominated the competitive sports for the term, with huge numbers of students taking part across the region.
One of the cool things about primary school sport is that team sports are usually a mixture of girls and boys in each team. Another great aspect is that some events put the emphasis more on participation and less on the competitive element, which the Amazing Race, Rotorua Mini Marathon and Funky Fun Days are good examples of.
These events offer children an opportunity to represent their school in a fun and supportive environment, and in many cases simply try something new. Not surprisingly, there events are extremely popular.
In my role, it is a privilege to be involved and present at most of these events. Of course, I am mildly biased towards how well the Western Bay schools do at the Bay-wide events, but what really impresses me is the sportsmanship across the region between the athletes. There is always a good energy and plenty of excitement with all of our school events.
Thanks to the parents, school teachers and sport coordinators for encouraging the children to give sport and activity a go. This gives the students the confidence to strive to compete at the next level or simply participate more often for the fun of it. Roll on Term 3!