Spor­tac­u­lar for a cause

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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 wl@aotea.school.nz. 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.

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