About Anchor AIMS Games

The Anchor AIMS Games is a strategic partnership between the four Western Bay Intermediate Schools, Sport Bay of Plenty and the Tauranga City Council. The Anchor AIMS Games is a Tauranga City Council Legacy event. All individual and team sports are superbly organised and ran to a very high standard. We link with various local sporting clubs, Regional and National Sporting Organisations to achieve this.

The sporting championships give 11, 12 and 13 year olds an opportunity to compete as an individual or in a team against their age group in 23 different sports. Each of the sports offered in 2021 will be hosted in superb facilities.

The Tournament provides students equal opportunity to compete at an exemplar sporting event and to meet others from outside of their normal peer group, developing their social interaction skills. The graph below indicates the spread in the demographics, by decile rating, of New Zealand schools attending the 2019 event (* indicates international and private schools).

In sixteen years, the Anchor AIMS Games have gone from a small festival of sport, to what are now considered the International Championships for Intermediate and Middle schools. Hand in hand with the growth, has been the emergence of the Anchor AIMS Games as a pathway, to sporting achievement and success. Since our inception in 2004 we have grown from 760 competitors representing 17 schools and four sporting codes to the 2019 Anchor AIMS Games where we embraced 11,500+ competitors representing 365+ schools from throughout New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific.

The Tournament attracts entries from all over New Zealand with Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty contributing the biggest numbers. Auckland grew from 80 schools in 2017 to break the 100-mark with 105 schools in 2019.

International

The Anchor AIMS Games is the largest intermediate aged tournament in the Southern Hemisphere. It is important to have international students at the Anchor AIMS Games as it shows that sport is a universal language. Education New Zealand says these types of tournaments prepare students for a global world and helps develop global citizenship and an understanding of different cultures and different ways of living.

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Competing International Schools (2019)

Country

Apii Avarua

Cook Islands

Apii Nikao

Cook Islands

Apii St Josephs

Cook Islands

Nukutere College

Cook Islands

Papaaroa Adventist College

Cook Islands

Gospel Primary School

Fiji

Le Amosa School

Samoa

Lefaga College

Samoa

Robert Louis Stevenson School

Samoa

Sagaga Leusoga College

Samoa

Samoa College

Samoa

Samoa Primary School

Samoa

St Peter’s Chanel School

Samoa

Vaivase Primary School

Samoa

Ha’apai High School

Tonga

Liahona School

Tonga

Ocean of Light Academy

Tonga

Tonga Side School

Tonga

Tupou College Toloa

Tonga

Vava’u High School

Tonga