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Monday, 25 March 2019 07:44 pm

Thousands in action for capital SportsFest


A Newlands defender prepares to stop a Marsden player during Sportsfest.

Thousands of Wellington regional primary school children this week converged on the city’s venues for SportsFest 2017.

From Kapiti and Upper Hutt down, 51 schools, 340 teams and more than 2700 participants came together for the third annual event.

Wellington City Council, Primary Sport Wellington, and 11 regional sports organisations organise the event, and venues are funded by the Lion Foundation.

Council education partnership leader Elspeth McMillan says SportsFest is about fun, friendship and fair play.

Sports, some of which were modified for ages, included volleyball, basketball, turbo touch, badminton, football, netball, hockey, dodgeball, table tennis and waterpolo.

The NewsWire photography team covering the event included: Thomas Airey, Bronte Ammundsen, Aimee Eastwood, Elijah Hill, Sapeer Mayron, Blair Mockett, Andrew Bevin, Thomas Croskery, Sarah McMullan and Laura Wiltshire.

Windley School’s Keli Baker (13, in black) shoots over defenders from Paremata School during a basketball game at Wellington’s ASB Sports Centre during Sportsfest 2017.











Sportsfest 2017 attracted hundreds of children to Wellington’s ASB Sports Centre in Rongotai this week for the annual gathering of the region’s primary schools.














St Oran’s Alice Peyton prepares to serve the volleyball during this year’s SportsFest at Rongotai’s ASB Sports Centre.


Brooklyn School students practise their selfies at ASB Sports Centre in Rongotai in break between Sportsfest basketball.















Adventure School Whitby teammates in a break between games of turbo touch in SportsFest 2017.
















Newlands Intermediate (blue uniforms) and Karori Normal school students fight for the rebound during a basketball game at Wellington’s ASB Sports Centre during Sportsfest 2017. Newlands won this game 38-19, and went on to win the tournament overall.

















Wadestown School students mix a game of Fish between volleyball games at ASB Sports Centre.










St Oran’s volleyballers warm up for their next game.































Rangikura and Corinna players during and all-Porirua basketball clash at SportsFest 2017











Windley School’s (from left) Nipeng Kyaw, Keli Baker and Lukah Chadwick (all 13), from Porirua, shoot hoops in between basketball games at Wellington’s ASB Sports Centre during Sportsfest 2017.








A basketball coach provides some courtside guidance for the subs during SportsFest 2017.









Students from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Nga Mokopuna in Seatoun fill in time between games with a warm up exercise for their volleyball at Sportsfest this week.










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