It was the largest turnout ever at the 2017 AIMS Games held in Tauranga this month, where 10,139 intermediate-aged competitors from 302 schools competed across 21 sports – 800 more participants than last year.
There was even more cause for celebration when, despite the large number of competitors, Cambridge Middle School’s (CMS) AIMS Games team came back with a raft of medals and successes from the week-long annual tournament, held from September 10 to 15.
With five-time world BMX champion Leila Walker joining the school this year, there was little doubt that CMS would come away with first place spot in the BMX. True to form, she finished first in the in the year 8 girls’ individual moto and second in the time trial. Greer Hall also placed second in the time trial for year 7 girls, and second in the individual moto. Logan Hall was third for the year 8 boys’ individual moto, and along with Maui Morrison the CMS team placed first for overall school points in BMX.
CMS also placed 36th for boys’ football, 30th for girls’ football and 59th for netball. Swimmers Anna Smith, Matthew Peacock and Savanna Bourke also made the podium across a number of swimming divisions.
“The kids were all amazing, and it was fantastic to have Resthaven come to support us at the netball too!” said their teacher in charge, Shelley Kennerley.
Recently retired CMS teacher and sports coordinator Richard Glover, who originally established the school’s involvement in AIMS Games, attended the event to support the students.
An official farewell assembly for Mr Glover will be held at the school this Friday 29 September, where students will dress up as the man himself. Past students and members of the public are welcome to attend the 11am assembly at the CMS school hall on Clare Street, Cambridge.