Over a thousand undaunted young sportspeople came together in earthquake-battered Wellington for the 33rd NZCT North Island Junior Secondary Schools Championships that ran for the week of 21 to 25 November.
Despite the seismic shake-up, only 10 out of 100 teams pulled out from the Wellington tournament and seven out of 52 from its sister competition in Nelson.
Volleyball New Zealand Chief Executive Paul Cameron said, “It was a huge and pretty special week all round. There were no hiccups because of the quakes. All the youngsters I spoke to during the tournament said they were glad they went and that it took place. They said those who didn’t come were unfortunate to miss out on a superb week.
“The atmosphere is always good at this event, but this year they felt greater comradeship and a sense of being together. No school reported any problems in Wellington city and overall we were really pleased. NZCT funding support helped make the two events such a success.”
Competition between the teams was intense. In the boys’ division, Trident High School from Whakatane triumphed and Westlake Girls High School from Auckland took out the girls’ division.