AIMS Games hit Tauranga

September 10, 2015

The 2015 AIMS Games have hit Tauranga with a bang this week.

Over 8000 athletes have travelled to the Bay Of Plenty to take part in New Zealands biggest sporting competition. 8000-athlete barrier for the first time.

All up 261 schools across New Zealand will be battling it out across 19 different sporting codes.

The massive numbers include 1164 netballers, 640 rugby players, 644 cross country runners and 768 basketballers. Yachting’s debut has also attracted strong interest, with 64 sailors lining up for the Anchor-sponsored on-water event.
The tournament has grown every single year since it started in 2004 and tournament director Vicki Semple said it has started to create its own legacy.

The geographical spread of schools competing is impressive – 19 Northland schools have entered, with 18 schools heading up from the South Island. Oturu School cross country runner Jayde Florian, based just out of Kaitaia, is the northernmost competitor, while Tahuna Normal Intermediate swimmers Charlotte Underwood-Nicol and Madison Wills are making the trek up from Dunedin.

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