By NZAIMS inc | Posted: Wednesday August 1, 2018
The 2018 Anchor AIMS Games will run from September 9-14 at a range of venues across the Western Bay of Plenty. New Zealand's premier sporting event for 11, 12 and 13 year olds is a strategic partnership between Sport Bay of Plenty, Tauranga City Council, NZAIMs and the four Bay of Plenty intermediate schools.
The Anchor AIMS Games is held in Tauranga every September, with this year’s 15th edition of the tournament attracting a record 10,851 competitors, aged between 10 and 13.
They’ll come from more than 320 intermediate or middle schools to take part in 22 different sporting codes in the week-long event from September 9-14.
The tournament has become a breeding ground for All Blacks, Black Sticks and other national sporting stars, although tournament director Vicki Semple says the competitive element is just a small part of the success of the AIMS Games.
“Our goal is to provide an incredible experience for every single athlete, with an emphasis on camaraderie, enjoyment and being part of something big,” Semple said. “Every one of our athletes has an inspirational tale to tell, no matter what their background is, and we’re delighted for them.”
In partnership with STUFF a series of videos will be made and distributed. The first episode takes a look at some of the athletes who have the furthest to travel, with a contingent of badminton players and swimmers coming from Tonga this year. The show also visits New Plymouth and Auckland, as well as catching up with Te Puke rugby sevens teams.
The scale of the tournament can be seen within the sporting twenty-two codes with increased numbers of teams in virtually all sports. Of particular interest is the continued expansion of available sports with this year introducing rock climbing as an event.
Congratulations to the team who work tirelessly to bring this amazing opportunity to middle schooling in New Zealand. The faces in the gallery of images say it all. Thank you, Vicki and team, you create life long memories for children.