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Winton to host first qualifying swim meet for 10 years

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Southland swimmers wanting to qualify for national events will go against the clock in Winton on November 1. Qualifying events at the town’s Central Southland Community Pool don’t happen often, in fact it’s been 10 years since the previous one, Johnston Waters head swimming coach Brittney Johnston said.

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Record $6.5m economic returns for AIMS Games in Tauranga

A new report has shown the extraordinary impact the annual Anchor AIMS Games has on Bay of Plenty’s economy, with this year’s event injecting nearly $6.5 million into regional coffers. It’s a staggering 108 percent increase from the last economic impact study in 2016, with September’s week-long event also contributing 74,787 visitor nights to the region.

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AIMS Games: Coach stays calm as Mount Maunganui Intermediate win football gold

Maia Ririnui waited until his Mount Maunganui Intermediate girls’ football team had finished celebrating their Anchor AIMS Games win, then quietly gathered them together. “Well done,” he began. “You wanted this, you worked hard and you got what you wanted. Remember, it was about all 12 of you here.  I’m really proud of you girls but don’t let winning AIMS Games gold be the pinnacle, for all of you.  Stick with it.” His voice remained calm, barely above a murmur.

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Tauranga’s AIMS Games cancelled due to Covid-19
May 26, 2019 • Source: 1 NEWS

This year’s AIMS Games that were to be held in Tauranga have been cancelled due to the ongoing safety concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hearing impairment not slowing Whakatane Intermediate climber impressing at AIMS Games
Sep 10, 2019 • Source: 1 NEWS

Brooklyn Taitimu is into the semis for rockclimbers at the country’s largest sporting event

AIMS Games kicks off in Tauranga
Sep 8, 2019 • Source:  1 NEWS

The sixteenth year of the annual intermediate school sports tournament, known as the AIMS Games, has officially begun.

Thousands of school kids around NZ, Pacific Islands warned of measles risk ahead of AIMS Games
Sep 7, 2019 • Source: 1 NEWS

Bear in mind the risks, and be sensible – that’s the message from health officials as more than 11,000 intermediate-age students gather for a sports tournament, amid a measles outbreak.


More than 11,000 young athletes with descend on Tauranga in September for AIMS Games

July 29, 2019 • Source:  Breakfast on 1

More than 11,000 young athletes will descend on Tauranga in September for AIMS Games – and this year they’re going international with a group of Fijian school kids set to compete!

Fijian sevens team will compete against New Zealand schools at AIMS Games for first time
Jul 23, 2019 • Source: 1 NEWS

The Tauranga tournament is expanding its international reach

Watch: NZ Sevens stars surprise AIMS Games athletes with trophies from successful World Cup campaigns
Sep 12, 2018 • Source: 1 NEWS

Three New Zealand Sevens players have surprised thousands of students in Tauranga with both the men’s and women’s Sevens Rugby World Cup trophies.

Thousands of young athletes in Tauranga for annual AIMS Games
Sep 9, 2018 • Source:  1 NEWS

Hundreds of intermediate and middle school students have kicked off this year’s AIMS Games by giving it their all at the first event in Tauranga.

Pool Runnings: Tongan swimming team with no pool competes at NZ’s AIMS Games

You’ve probably heard of Cool Runnings, the movie about a Jamaican bob sled team with no snow to train on.

Retirement village opens door for young athletes competing at AIMS Games

A retirement village in Tauranga has opened its doors to around 50 intermediate aged children this week.

It’s the answer to the accommodation shortage during the annual AIMS Games which this year has attracted more than 10,000 athletes from over 300 schools.

AIMS Games 2019 results + photos
13 Sep, 2019 03:25 AM

Mahara Matete gets airborne during Te Puke Intermediate School’s 29-0 win over Papamoa College on the first day of the 2019 AIMS Games boys’ 7s competition.

Nearly 3 tonnes of kiwifruit to be handed out at Tauranga’s AIMS Games
26 Aug, 2019 10:21 AM

The Anchor AIMS Games are coming up in Tauranga next month, bringing 11,500 intermediate students from 369 schools across New Zealand and the Pacific for a week of sporting competition.