A strong westerly pruned sailing’s debut on the first day of the NZCT AIMS Games in Tauranga but the Anchor-sponsored racing that did happen on the water proved spectacular.
With wind gusting up to 25 knots, the three-race opening day schedule was cut back to one race, which was still enough for Francesco Kayrous (Rosmini College) and his schoolmate Campbell Stanton to show their class.
The pair have just returned from the European Optimist championships in Wales, where they were representing New Zealand, and led home the 61-boat fleet in the first race. Thomas Mulcahy (Takapuna Normal Intermediate) finished third, with Rebecca Morgan (Remuera Intermediate) the leading female in ninth.
James Barnett (Otumoetai Intermediate) is in fifth, leading the local charge.
Winds are forecast to drop for the second day, with racing underway at 11am.
CROSS COUNTRY TITLES DECIDED
Running is in Maia Flint’s genes.
The Tauranga Rudolf Steiner School student got the NZCT AIMS Games off to a flyer today, beating 130 other runners to claim the Year 7 title at the annual intermediate schools tournament in Tauranga.
A first-year runner, Flint said she didn’t know what to expect and knew she had to go her hardest to stay in front.
“I possibly could have done better but I don’t know,” Flint said. “I’m happy with what I’ve achieved.”
Although they don’t run a cross country at her school, Flint trains with her parents, who both run socially, and said that has been helpful.
Flint’s mother, Michelle, said they often run up Mauao and Maia waits for her at the top.
“She genuinely just loves to run,” Michelle Flint said. “From an early age, we’ve had to say ‘no you can’t come, you’re too young’.”
GLITTERING OPENING TO NZCT AIMS GAMES
The stars turned out in force at the opening ceremony of the 2015 NZCT AIMS Games in Tauranga tonight.
Olympians Gemma Flynn and Blair Tuke providing the sporting inspiration to the 8000 intermediate-aged athletes at ASB Baypark Arena, with sailor Tuke and Black Sticks hockey player Flynn urging competitors to have an incredible week.
It was then left to singer-songwriter Jamie McDell and New Zealand X Factor winner Beau Monga to bring the house down, with performances that left the entire stadium shaking.