Sportacular for a cause
Aotea College’s winter sportacular will take place on August 6, bringing together alumni and the school’s current sports stars.
Rugby and football – for men and women – basketball and netball will be played and if past years are a gauge, the games will be willing and competitive.
The sportacular, which has summer and winter versions, began in 2011 as a way of fundraising, showing off sporting pride and giving former students the chance to give something back to their college, said Aotea’s activities director Deslea Wrathall.
The trophy in the basketball competition will be named after former coach Setefano Mikaio, who died in 2012.
Wrathall said the school would close early so students could get along to see the matches.
‘‘We want the community to be involved too, so we’re hoping we get good crowds in. It’s about celebrating sport at Aotea and bringing people together,’’ she said.
A wall of excellence in a new gymnasium to honour past and present students, a minivan to transport sports teams and providing ongoing funding to get teams and individuals to regional and national competitions was where sportacular funds would go, Wrathall said.
‘‘ It costs a lot to get hockey, rugby, netball, football and other teams and individuals to nationals, and often that expense has to be passed on to students’ families.’’
The hope is to raise $40,000 through sponsorship and donations. If you are interested in helping, call Deslea Wrathall on 027 244 8141 or email email@example.com. Muddy, but happy: The Alumni XV, including Mana MP Kris Faafoi (seated on the left, second row) as a guest player, pose for the obligatory after-match – but before-shower – photograph in 2011.