The Anchor AIMS GAMES is a sporting championship that provides 11, 12 and 13 year olds with an opportunity to compete in nineteen different sports as individuals or as part of a team. The aim of the event is to provide opportunities for middle year students to compete at an elite level, be active, celebrate fair play and enjoy success. The spirit of the games is exemplified by the large number of participants and supporters irrespective of the schools region, context or size.
The event is a strategic partnership between Sport Bay of Plenty, the four Western Bay Intermediate Schools and Tauranga City Council, and is one of Tauranga City Council’s major events.
The 2014 event was the 11th and largest of the AIMS Games and saw 228 schools fro Kaitaia to Dunedin send 7,500 athletes to Tauranga to compete in 17 different sports. An economic impact survey done in 2014 showed the games contributing over $2m in regional GDP and a return on regional investment of 607%.
The success of the AIMS Games was recognised in early 2015 with the receipt of the Sport NZ Award for Event Excellence.