A Successful NZCT AIMS Games for Years 7 And 8

September 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM

The annual sporting championships held in Tauranga for students in Years 7 and 8 gives our youngest sports teams the chance to compete beyond the region against schools from around the country. It is a huge logistical undertaking for the organisers. This year the tournament played host to 7,500 students from 228 schools competing in 17 different sports.

To put it in perspective, this year’s Commonwealth Games had 4,950 athletes from 71 different nations and territories competing in 18 different sports. To compete in a competition of this scale and calibre is a fantastic opportunity for our emerging sports talent.

This year marks the 5th year of attendance for the College and the first year the Boys’ School has entered the competition. The girls’ teams included a mix of College and Girls’ School students to create the strongest teams. During the six days of intense competition, Saint Kentigern competed in both Boys’ and Girl’s Football, Boys’ Hockey, Mixed Hockey, Swimming, Golf, Netball, Cross Country, Waterpolo (BS only) and Badminton.

There were many highlights throughout the week across the codes as the teams notched up some great wins and reflected on their losses. The College was delighted to medal in three codes with a further set of medals going to the Boys’ School.

College students Thomas Hillier, Year 8 received a silver medal in the Badminton Singles competition and Karl Jorgensen, Year 8 also received a silver medal in Golf. The College Boys’ Football had a great tournament and fought right to the end to receive a bronze medal – the last game requiring a sudden death penalty shootout against an equally matched Hutt Valley opponent!

The Boys’ School Waterpolo team also had a fantastic week of competition and secured bronze medals for 3rd place. Congratulations to Will Bason, Year 7 and Hugo Borich, Year 8 who were named in the Tournament Waterpolo team.

The aim of taking our students to this event is to provide opportunities for emerging sports talent to compete at an elite level, be active, celebrate fair play and enjoy success and be resilient in the face of challenge. Our students were provided the challenges and opportunities to perform to the highest standard are to be commended for the outstanding attitude and efforts conducted both on and off the field.

Many positive comments were exchanged about this from management, supporters, accommodation and restaurant staff and officials. A special thank you to all the staff and parent helpers for each of the teams; your help and support was invaluable!

We look forward to this time again next year!

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