Primary schools compete
by Ann van Engelen
Canterbury Primary School year seven and eight students participated in an indoor sports tournament last week playing volleyball, basketball and badminton at the Zhu Badminton Centre in Wigram.
“It was a great experience for the pupils, and Mr Zhu is very supportive of our schools and makes it possible for us to have access to his facilities,” says Primary Schools Sports director Lyn Miles.
“We had the zone competitions prior, and there were approximately 30 schools participating on the day with the children keen to compete. The fact that they played for the whole day made it more meaningful for them. ”
The overall winners for volleyball were Hillview Christian School winning A grade, and Halswell winning B grade.
“Kaiapoi North won the girls’ basketball with Clearview winning the boys and there was a great turn out for badminton with 15 teams playing. It was a good competition and so close that there were quite a few comebacks to find the winner. Emmanuel Christian school took top place.
“A lot of good young talent is coming through our local schools. It encourages them to look at sport seriously in the future when they play at primary school age. The children referee themselves for badminton and volleyball and for basketball a secondary school student training to referee will umpire.
“It is great to see younger students umpiring as well as it helps them to learn the rules themselves and gain confidence. It was a positive day all around.”