In the week of Sunday the 15th to Friday the 20th of September, Tauranga hosted the 10th annual Aims Games. The Aims games are a sporting tournament between intermediate and middle schools from all over New Zealand. This year a few schools from Australia and one from Rarotonga came too. The Aims Games consist of 16 sports which are Swimming, Football, Hockey, Netball, Waterpolo, Golf, Rugby Sevens, Rugby League, Multisport (Kayak, Mountain Bike and Run), Cross country, Badminton, Basketball, Gymsport, Indoor Bowls, Squash and Tennis. Cross Country was the only sport to compete and finish on Sunday. In total 6500 children competed.
The opening ceremony was from 6:00 to 7:00 on Sunday evening. It started with a very good local Kapa Haka performance and the other items were a boys choir, a long speech on the history of Aims, a crazy performance by a Polynesian group called Delicious and an inspirational speech by Dillon Boucher, a professional basketballer who used to play for the Breakers. Finally we finished off with the national anthem and the mayor of Tauranga officially opened the Aims Games 2013.
The individual sports, apart from the cross country, competed on Monday and Tuesday while the team sports played all week. I went for swimming and didn't do very well. Swimming didn't start until 3:00pm so we had ages to hang around and relax. The draw back was racing didn't finish until 9:00pm so we did a lot of sleeping in. Aims was a great experience and I will work hard to go again next year.