Squash team wins silver
The Tokoroa Intermediate Girls’ Squash team played their way to a silver medal in the 2010 AIMS Squash tournament in Tauranga.
The AIMS games is a New Zealandwide sporting event held every year by Sport Bay of Plenty.
Four year 8 squash players, Darcie Andrews, Jessica Nicholson, Nathan Stead and Ryan Coxon represented Tokoroa Intermediate against a field of 18 teams from all over New Zealand.
The tournament was co-organised by Dame Susan Devoy, her son Jamie also competed.
The quartet play squash regularly through the Tokoroa Squash Club, but all play other team sports so their training was not as frequent as many of their opponents.
The draw was a Swiss Draw and this style of competition was new to our players. Each entrant is seeded to their graded ability and then each match is a competition for the other’s seeding. Over three days of match play each player moved up or down the seeding as they won or lost matches.
The boys competed in a field of 49 entrants, Ryan finished at 18th and Nathan 20th. The girls competed in a field of 26 entrants. Jessica was seventh and Darcie eighth. This combined result was enough to carry the girls to second place behind Te Puke, who had a strong team of 14 entrants.
The students would like to thank Tokoroa Intermediate and their families who supported them with time, transport and accommodation.
Now in its seventh year AIMS has grown from two to 14 sporting codes with more than 3500 year 7 and 8 students competing, making it New Zealand’s largest school sporting event.