In two weeks the 10th NZCT AIMS GAMES International Sporting Championships begin, a week-long event incorporating 16 different sporting codes, 193 schools, seven schools from Australia and one new school from the Cook Islands – this year is expected to be an amazing event with record numbers registered for the tournament.

Tournament Director Vicki Semple of Sport Bay of Plenty is delighted with the continued support from around New Zealand, Australia and now the Pacific Islands. ‘The growth in athlete numbers confirms the tournaments value as a pathway to sporting success and future champions. The organising committee has a definite objective of broadening the reach and appeal of the tournament further afield, and we are delighted with the interest so far”.

The sporting championships give Year 7 and 8 students (11, 12 and 13 year olds) an opportunity to compete against the best of their age across sixteen different sports.  What started as a small festival of sport nine years ago has grown into what is now considered the National Championships for Intermediate and Middle schools in New Zealand.  Providing opportunities for students to complete at an elite level, be active, celebrate fair play and enjoy success have seen the NZCT AIMS GAMES grow to be one of the largest sporting events in New Zealand.

Dillon Boucher will be the guest speaker at the Opening Ceremony, speaking to over 7,000 students, teachers and supporters. An exciting line-up of entertainment is also planned for the athletes during the evening.

The list of sixteen sports including traditional teams sports Basketball, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Rugby League and Water Polo, individual events like Badminton, , Golf, GymSport, Indoor Bowls, Squash, Swimming and Tennis, crowd pleasers like Cross Country and Multisport and.