Attracting record-breaking numbers, the NZ AIMS Games 2019 saw more than 11,500 intermediate-aged student athletes arrive in Tauranga last week for this six-day, national competition. As the pinnacle event for Year 7 and 8 students, the annual games provide students with the opportunity not only to excel in the sporting arena, but also to enjoy the social aspects of the occasion with likeminded peers.
Competition in the AIMS Games was extremely strong with 361 schools participating in 23 different sporting codes, ranging from time-honoured rugby, netball and swimming events to the slightly less traditional pursuits of rock climbing, canoe sports and BMX.
Students from all four of our New Zealand based ACG Schools were competing with many outstanding achievements and notable successes, particularly in the swimming, badminton, gymnastics and mountain biking events. Our athletes represented their schools with pride, while gaining valuable experiences and life-skills.
“The benefits of participating in sports are well known – teamwork, leadership development, improving fitness and health, and the sheer enjoyment of competition. I offer my congratulations to all of the students who took part in the Games” says ACG Schools CEO, Clarence van der Wel.
ACG Parnell College student, Charlie Li, had an especially impressive AIMS Games, winning individual bronze medals in 50m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke and 200m Breaststroke, and helping the Boys Swimming team to place second overall in the competition.
ACG Schools participation in the NZ AIMS Games continues to grow as increasing numbers of students are attracted to the prospect of challenging themselves on a nationwide sporting field. With the success of this years’ teams, our numbers are set to rise for the 2020 season.
Running from the 8th to 13th September, the NZ AIMS Games 2019 offered an excellent chance for ACG Schools’ students to compete on a national stage. Congratulations are also due to all of our coaches, managers and parents for their ongoing support and encouragement of our talented athletes.