St Thomas gets into the spirit of the games

Koru Games success

by Mike Isle

Poor weather turned up to dampen play in this year’s Koru Games, but the games themselves were once again a rollicking success.

Now in its fourth year, the Koru Games had grown from a five-sport event with 1,000 competitors to an 11-sport event with more than 2,100 kids involved.

Selwyn Sports Trust executive officer Michael Wilson said the success of the games was a fitting reward for the hard work that was put into organising them.

“We had a fantastic three days; it was so pleasing seeing so many different coloured school uniforms all interacting across the four hubs. The huge number of individuals all developing their individual skills while representing their schools is so rewarding.”

Michael Wilson said the Koru Games was set up to provide South Island year seven and eight students with an accessible opportunity to develop their individual skill sets through playing team sport for their school.

“We love how team sport has impacted our lives, which has motivated us to create a multi-day, multi-sport tournament for year seven and eight children at South Island schools.

“While competition is acknowledged as an inherent part of the games, a strong ethical base underpins all competitions and playing within the spirit of the games will be an expectation for all,” he said.

Selwyn teams performed well in the competition with Lincoln taking first place in girls’ badminton and mixed lawn bowls. Boys’ basketball was won by Halswell School, and Prebbleton School took out first place in mixed table tennis.