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Aims Games - Piopio College Excell

Birdtalk Magazine Oct/Nov 2023

WOW, what a week! Now that we as the AIMS Games committee have had time to reflect and catch our breath, we would like to take the time to acknowledge some of our volunteers and sponsors.

Firstly, a huge thank you must go to Franky Bourke, Lulu Hussey, and Andrew Thomas for taking the role of coaching on board. Your time, effort and guidance was greatly appreciated and we know that our students have gained many skills due to your support and knowledge. Then we move onto our parents who volunteered throughout the week or before the event taking on various roles such as co coach, camp mum/dad, taxi, cook, cleaner, manager, the list goes on. Thank you so much for stepping in and taking such good care of all the students within the various codes. To all the parents/whānau at home as well, thank you for ensuring your child attended trainings, was provided with the equipment and necessities they needed to be able to do their best for the duration of the tournament.

Lastly to our students, each and everyone one of you, thank you for representing Piopio College, your whānau and the Piopio community with so much passion, pride and pure enjoyment. We are immensely proud of the way you displayed our school values. I know that you all had many challenges throughout the week and the best learning will come from those moments. We know that this experience will be a long lasting memory and one you won’t forget anytime soon.

It is also important for us to acknowledge our sponsors who contributed in some way or another. So thank you to the Piopio College BOT, Number 12, The Pinetree Trust, Piopio Pantry and lastly the Piopio Community Recreation Centre. Thank you for your generosity and providing for our students to help them experience this amazing opportunity.

It’s time now to reflect, regather and prepare again for the 2024 games. No doubt it will be bigger and even better again!

Ngā mihi,
AIMS Games committee: Gina Draper, Mandi Butler and Michelle Carter.

Rippa Rugby: Placed 19th out of 50.
Futsal: Lost their final to Awakeri School 4-0.
Squash: Isaac Carter placed 16th, Leo Carter placed 25th & Logan Lyford 42nd out of 50.
Badminton Singles Girls: Miriama Newton placed 1st in Division 3; Eleanor Laver made the quarter finals in Division 3; Jasmine Stone made the semis finals in Division 6; and Sophie Parkes finished her pool play in Division 4.
Badminton Singles Boys: Rewi Tane made the quarter finals in Division 4; and Nahvaea Nathan finished his pool play in Division 6.
Badminton Doubles: Miriama & Eleanor had a close encounter in the Division 2 semi final; Sophie & Jasmine made the quarter finals in Division 4; and Rewi & Nahvaea finished second in Division 4.
Cross Country: Makenzie Grainger finished 94th and Mac Carter finished 98th.