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Kids swamp the sports park

The second Super Sixes sports tournament for year 6 students has kicked off today [April 11], with a fly-over by the Hawke’s Bay and East Coast Aero Club and a march-past by the competing schools.

Nearly 600 kids from points far and wide are today playing netball, tag rugby and football. Tonight the out-of-town schools are heading along to a movie night to see Lego Batman, before more schools join the action tomorrow to play basketball, ki-o-rahi, cyclecross and hockey. That will take the number of children up to near 800.

The students have some real live sporting heroes in attendance to give them inspiration too: Olympians Brooke Neal (hockey) and Paroa Winitana (basketball), Tall Blacks Everard Bartlett and Jarrod Kenny, and Magpies Tiaan Falcon and Ellery Wilson.

The tournament is the brain-child of Hastings District councillor Malcolm Dixon. The former Frimley Primary School principal wanted a celebration for children in their last year of intermediate age schooling before starting on the big new world of high school. “It’s a chance for these kids to celebrate the end of their primary school years,” he said.

This year the number of schools had climbed to 28, with teams coming from as far away as Lower Hutt and Porirua. The first tournament was held in 2015, with 23 schools participating.

The plan is for the event to be held annually. “We believe it will become a major player on the national primary school event calendar, exposing hundreds of students to different sporting experiences, developing the capacity of regional sports organisations and clubs . . . and bringing thousands of visitors - students, families and school staff - into Hawke’s Bay from out of the region,” said Mr Dixon.

4 October 2017

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