Since its inception in 2004, the Anchor AIMS Games have grown from 760 competitors representing 17 schools and four sporting codes to last year’s fifteenth and largest version of the Games reaching record numbers of 10,851 competitors from 326 schools across 22 sports. It is amazing to see an idea that Tauranga locals had, evolve into an event that has only 3.4% less athletes than the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Even with this outstanding growth, the Games continues to be largely delivered by Tauranga locals and is successfully hosted within the city using existing public sport and recreation facilities.
The Anchor AIMS Games is highly regarded by national education and sporting organisations and is considered a leader in its area. Celebrating diversity, the Games provides an opportunity for adolescents from all demographics to compete in elite competitions and to meet others from outside their normal peer group, and to learn and build on their social interaction skills.