Games a great ex­pe­ri­ence

Coastal News - - News - By HUNTER USSHER Year 7 Whanga­mata Area School

I, like prob­a­bly a lot of other peo­ple, hadn’t heard of the AIMS Games. At 10,800 com­peti­tors from age 11-13, you could call it the Olympic Games for kids.

Held in Tau­ranga ev­ery year, it be­gan in 2004 and has been grow­ing ever since with a wide range of sports and many in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tors from far and wide.

When my teacher asked the class if any­one wanted to com­pete, I de­cided I wanted to give it a go. I had just started play­ing squash so en­tered my­self for this. It wasn’t un­til I ar­rived in Tau­ranga I re­alised it was such a huge event, there were wel­com­ing signs all over the city, the traf­fic was crazy and there were thou­sands of kids ev­ery­where.

My­self and Pia Rogers were the only two stu­dents rep­re­sent­ing Whanga­mata Area School this year. Pia com­peted in gym­nas­tics. Pia rep­re­sented NZ last year in the World Aer­o­bics Champs, so she is a highly ex­pe­ri­enced ath­lete.

I played five games in to­tal through­out the week. I was quite ner­vous be­fore my first game as the com­pe­ti­tion was fierce with an U13 World Cham­pion play­ing. In my first game I was pretty ex­cited to take my op­po­nent to the fifth set be­fore nar­rowly los­ing 11-9. It calmed my nerves for the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion. Out of five games I man­aged to win two and take an­other to the fifth be­fore go­ing down. I was pleased to win my last game.

I had the most awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence at the AIMS Games be­cause of its re­ally fun vibe and how well it is run. It was also great to come up against such a high level of com­pe­ti­tion. If any 11 to 13-year-old is in­ter­ested in sport they should def­i­nitely give it a go.


Hunter Ussher gave squash a go at the AIMS Games.

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