AIMS games excitement

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Aren’t the AIMS games something extraordinary. More than 9000 intermediate school children from across New Zealand competing in over 21 sporting and performance activities cheered on by increasingly weary but reliably supportive parents and teachers who give up an enormous amount of their time coaching, driving, cajoling and generally being there for our young New Zealanders.

Congratulations to the local Principals’ Brian Diver from Tauranga Intermediate and Henk Popping from Otumoetai Intermediate who first imagined a concept of pre-college students testing their sporting prowess, I bet they are amazed at how incredible the event has now become.  It is an iconic event for the country and it’s in our backyard. They are now joined by four fantastic leaders Lisa Morresey, Principal of Mount Maunganui Intermediate, Jill Weldon, Principal of Te Puke Intermediate, Rob Egan, the Mayoral representative and Heidi Litchwark, CEO of Sport Bay of Plenty who are the trustees for the games.

It’s such a shot in the arm for Tauranga too, not only with all our motels booked out, restaurants busy and family homes stretched with billets but as importantly with the sheer youthful energy and passion that pours into our stunning region every September.

Congratulations too to our local council who saw early on the value for the community of investing in events for people, particularly young people.  Thanks to all the other sponsors and local businesses who help to make it happen and to keep it here.

To all the participants, I hope you had a fantastic week and travel safely home. For our local teams, you did us proud and I hope that you loved playing your games at home in our lovely city.