Napier team counting down to 2015 Children's Games
Twelve lucky youngsters have been selected to represent Napier at the 49th annual International Children’s Games this June in The Netherlands.
The eight footballers and four swimmers aged between 12 and 15, their friends, families and supporters including the Napier City Council are hard at work right now fundraising to help get to the Games, which is being held between 24-29 June in Alkmaar, The Netherlands.
While the Games’ host city meets the cost of accommodation and meals for each delegation, it is up to each team and its supporters to cover the costs of travel, uniforms and competition attire.
This is the second year Napier has sent a team to the Games. The competitors are hoping to build on the success of the inaugural team, which went to Lake Macquarie, New South Wales last December and came back with two gold medals from BMX events, and two bronze medals in sailing.
This year’s football team comprises Jorge Akers and Ethan Martin, both 15, Kayden Adema, Harry Mason and Jarred Coutts, all 14, and Luis Toomey, 13, from Napier Boys’ High School, Jackson Durrington, 15, Hastings Boys’ High School, and Vinnie MacKirdy, 15, from Taradale High School.
The four members of the swimming team are Joshua Gimblett and Hadlee Dyer, both 14, from Napier Boys’ High, Ruby Adsett, 14, Napier Girls’ High School, and Alena Kamper, 14, from Sacred Heart College.
Napier Mayor Bill Dalton called on people to support the 2015 team. “It is a wonderful opportunity for our young athletes to take on the world stage. I’d like to invite everybody to come along to the fundraising activities that have been organized and if you are in business, please consider sponsoring our Alkmaar delegation. “
For more information about the team, how to become a sponsor, or updates on fundraising events, visit the Napier International Childrens Games team's Facebook page.
UPCOMING 2015 CHILDREN’S GAMES NAPIER TEAM FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES
SAUSAGE SIZZLE 10am-11.30am tomorrow (28 March), Napier City Council Pump Track opening, Marine Parade, Napier
MOVIE NIGHT Premiere screening of Fast and Furious 7, 8.45pm Thursday 2 April, Reading Cinemas, Napier. Tickets $20 including a complimentary drink & nibbles from Reading Cinemas or Hayley, phone (06) 844 6076/ 027 757 3322
DISPLAY 9.30am-12.30pm Easter Sunday (5 April), Hastings Farmers Market, Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds
DINNER & AUCTION 6.30pm Tuesday 28 April, Thirsty Whale, Ahuriri. Three-course meal, guest speaker. Further details to come
1 April 2015