Amy Robinson works full-time at Tauranga Intermediate, travels to Auckland three times a week to train with the Black Sticks and still dabbles in track and field when she gets the chance.
Somehow, the 21-year-old also finds time to help coach her school’s Anchor AIMS Games girls’ hockey team, one of a number of sporting stars giving back to next week’s annual intermediate-aged tournament.
The AIMS Games has special resonance for Robinson, who made her Black Sticks debut last year – she played two years for the Tauranga Intermediate team in 2007 and 2008, coming away with a silver medal in her first year.
“That silver was the best we’d ever done, until last year when we finally broke though and won,” Robinson, who works as the assistant sports coordinator, said. “It made it pretty special to go one better last year and hopefully we can go back and get a medal again this year. Back in 2007, as an 11-year-old, AIMS was huge for me but even now as an adult, with all the growth it’s had, it seems equally huge. It’s awesome to still be part of it.”
More than 10,100 competitors will line up from Sunday in the six-day tournament in Tauranga, representing more than 300 different schools, all of them chasing medals and cherished memories.
Other sports stars involved in this year's AIMS Games include former All Whites player and coach Ricki Herbert, former Silver Fern Amigene Metcalfe and Olympic swimmer Alison Fitch.