An­nual Spor­tac­u­lar re­turns

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Aotea Col­lege’s an­nual Spor­tac­u­lar is next week, with the sum­mer ver­sion in­clud­ing T20 cricket, flag rugby and net­ball.

The con­cept is in its third year, and the school hosts both win­ter and sum­mer ver­sions. It is a chance to fundraise and bring back alumni to cel­e­brate school spirit.

Sports co- or­di­na­tor Richie An­der­ton says it is a fam­ily oc­ca­sion and is part of their strate­gic plan to forge strong links with the com­mu­nity. The last two Spor­tac­u­lars raised thou­sands of dol­lars to put in new lights and resur­face one of the ten­nis courts.

‘‘It’s great to have the alumni back on the scene; some of them re­cently gave time to put up the new lights, and it’s a way for us to cel­e­brate sport in the school. We really want com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion and spirit.’’

This time, money raised is not go­ing specif­i­cally to­wards one part of the school, although there will be food stalls fundrais­ing on the day for the first XV’s trip to Samoa.

The event flag rugby, fast­net net­ball, vol­ley­ball and fut­sal. School staff and alumni will take part. There will also be a T20 cricket match and the first XV will play a pre-sea­son match.

Spe­cial guest for the day will will be Olympic row­ing bronze medal­list Storm Eru.

Con­tact Celia Fleck at celia fleck@aotea.school.nz or phone 237 3166, ext 839.

School spirit: Aotea Col­lege stu­dents, un­der­neath the new lights paid for by pre­vi­ous fundrais­ers. Likely lead­ing teams on the day will be, clockwise from top left, Mia Ward (net­ball), Her­man Pe­taia (vol­ley­ball), Matt­son Dar­rah (cricket), Sam Filipo (rugby), Lor­ton Taraeka (flag) and James Gill (foot­ball).

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