Following a week of fierce competition around Tauranga the organisers of the NZCT AIMS Games are already turning their attention to next year’s event.
Tournament director Vicki Semple says last week’s competition was a “huge success” and everyone involved is determined to make next year’s event even better.
Action from the netball during the AIMS Games.
“I’ve already had hundreds of emails from people saying just how much they enjoyed it, there has been nothing but praise, which is fantastic considering it was our biggest yet.”
The week-long intermediate age sports tournament, which concluded on Friday, saw 6500 pupils go head to-head in 16 codes – including an international contingent of seven Australian and one Cook Island schools.
“The visiting teams, especially the Rarotongans, added a real international flavour.”
Vicki says the passionate Rarotongan supporters added to colour at the tournament, while all the Kiwi teams thrived on the trans-Tasman rivalry against the Australian teams.
“It was also quite exciting having the America’s Cup racing on at the same time, everyone was getting into it and there were quite a few people wearing their red socks.”
Following a debriefing this week, Vicki and her organising committee will begin planning for next year’s event scheduled for September 7-12.
Tauranga Intermediate School retained its dominance at the top of the tournament medal table winning 17 golds out of a total of 55 medals and three cups. Second highest ranked-school was Auckland’s Bucklands Beach Intermediate with 11 golds out of 20 medals plus one cup, followed by Otumoetai Intermediate School with 10 golds from 38 medals plus three cups.
Special awards went to Christchurch’s Cobham Intermediate with the TEAMMATES Cup for presentation, punctuality, competition and respect, while Te Kura Takawaenga o Kaikohe won the overall Fairplay Award.
Vicki says the event was only the success it was thank to all the hard work from everyone involved and the strong support from the community which saw people get right behind the event.
“It wouldn’t be what it is without all that support. I feel privileged to be a part of such an amazing team.”