Tauranga set alight by 34 amazing Heaton athletes!
The 2019 Anchor AIMS Games was an event of epic proportions. There were over 11,500 competitors who were representing 365 schools from throughout New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific. These staggering participation numbers place it ahead of the number of athletes that competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio!
Heaton were superbly represented by two sports teams (Girls’ 11-a-side Hockey and Boys’ Basketball) and 9 individuals who competed in BMX, Squash, Cross Country, Swimming, Gym-sports, Golf and Multisport. Our Heaton athletes have worked tirelessly over the past six months to prepare for this tournament, and have been wonderfully supported by their coaches, parents, family and teachers. I would personally like to take this opportunity to thank Alex Seales, Paula Doré and Jane Newton for all of their efforts, energy and expertise. Without you, this opportunity would not be possible for our athletes.
I would like to congratulate all of our students for their individual and team success. We are extremely impressed with both the personal and sporting development that occurred during your week in Tauranga. You have all made yourselves, our school and your families very proud! We are so pleased that all of your hard work, sacrifice and efforts have been rewarded.
Our Heaton Hockey Team (affectionally dubbed the frogs) have been crowned AIMS Games Champions, bringing home the 11-a-side Hockey cup with a perfect 8 wins from 8 games. Lauren (Room 8) has also added to her impressive national tournament successes with a bronze medal win ( only .3 points behind the gold medal). With other personal best performances, many top 10 finishes and amazing improvements, this years’ AIMS Games was a spectacular success.
Bring on 2020!
By Tim Evers