The Koru Games was set up to provide South Island Year 7 & 8 students with an accessible opportunity to develop their individual skill sets through playing team sport for their school.
Selwyn Sports Trust (SST) decided in 2014 to bring the multi-day multi-sport games concept to the South Island. In doing so SST has and continues to engage with and link strongly to local, regional and national sporting organisations and bodies. By doing this high quality experiences are ensured across all sporting competitions offered at the Koru Games.
While competition is acknowledged as an inherent part of the Games, a strong ethical base will underpin all competitions and playing within the spirit of the Games will be an expectation for all.
All sports offered will be played simultaneously over the three days of the Games (Boccia and Wheelchair Basketball are the only exceptions and will be played each as a one day tournament), making best use of the available time and space.
All sports are split across 4x hubs in Selwyn; Lincoln, Rolleston, Lincoln University and Prebbleton.
Lincoln (township) – Lawn Bowls, Netball & Rugby Sevens
Lincoln University – Ki O Rahi, Korfball & Squash
Prebbleton – Football (soccer) & Tennis
Rolleston (Foster Park) – Hockey, Touch, Ultimate, Volleyball
Rolleston (Selwyn Sports Centre) – Badminton, Boccia, Basketball, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball.
This is our chance to welcome you all to the Games and we encourage all entrants to attend. It will be held on the Selwyn Netball Centre courts, North Belt, Lincoln.
The Opening Ceremony will be on Tuesday 19 September beginning at 9.30am. Schools are encouraged to bring flags/banners to display their school pride during the ceremony.
A brief order for the ceremony is as follows;
Opening Ceremony9.00-9.30am - Arrive at Selwyn Netball Centre9.30am - Schools are invited onto courts from various entrances, please do not enter the courts early.9.40-10.05am - Opening Ceremony
All teams are required to bring their own basic first aid supplies to deal with minor injuries that may occur. Each sporting hub will have first aid present during the duration of the Games, provided by a variety of Selwyn Physiotherapy clinics. The physios will provide extensive coverage of all sporting injuries that we are potentially faced with during the Games. The physios will offer strapping of preexisting injuries for a small fee (cash only).
All prizes will be given out upon the completion of each code at their respective venues, as has been done from 2016. Each sporting code will have some spot prizes to give out at the presentations but you must be present to collect these. Medals will be re-presented to all winning teams (including those outside of Canterbury) at their own school at an agreed upon time.
While some food and refreshments will be available for purchase at the sporting venues it is each entrant’s responsibility to ensure they have adequate food and refreshments for the duration of the Games. Venue specific option information is available on the website and will be updated as the vendors are finalised. As a ‘Pro Water’ Games we will be promoting and encouraging the choice of water as the best form of hydration.
It is the responsibility of entrant schools to organise and manage their own accommodation needs for the Games. We are interested in hearing from any school interested in hosting or being hosted in a billeting arrangement and we will add you to our billeting register.
We believe that playing sport in the right spirit is of utmost importance and as such have developed a ‘Fair Play Promise’ (overleaf) for all involved in the Koru Games. It is our expectation that this is read, understood and adhered to during the course of the Games. A demonstration of this will be the shaking of opposition hands before and after each game. As this is an expectation we have decided not to have a separate Fair Play competition or awards.
Competitor’s Responsibility - By entering the Koru Games you agree to use your best endeavours to prevent injury or harm to yourself and others whilst participating in or attending the Games’ venues. In doing so you agree to waive all claims against the Koru Games Executive Committee (including its employees, code contacts, agents, contractors, officials and judges), and as such other persons involved in running the Games.
Acknowledgement of inherent dangers - You acknowledge that the activities in which you may participate whilst competing or practising have inherent danger which may cause injury (ranging from minor injuries to more serious injuries including death) if carried out without due care, with inadequate training or preparation, or without proper supervision.
Waiver of liability for personal injury - The Koru Games Executive Committee (including its employees, code contacts, agents, contractors, officials and judges) and others involved in the running of the Games do not accept any liability for failure on your part to take due care to prevent harm to yourself or others whilst attending the Games and exclude all liability for damages (whether exemplary damages or otherwise) howsoever arising.
Safety of Equipment - Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the equipment used in the Games and Games’ venues do not pose an unacceptable risk of injury to competitors, you agree that:You will notify the code contact as soon as you notice that an item of equipment or aspect of the Games venue is, or becomes, unsafe;
Damage to personal property - You shall ensure that any personal property brought into the Games venues is safe from theft or damage. The Koru Games Executive Committee excludes all liability whatsoever arising for any damage to, or theft of, personal property.
Promotional Material - The Koru Games has the unconditional right to use at its discretion any photographic and/or video images taken of any competitors/officials while participating at the Koru Games, and any information provided by you, in any form of media, art, advertising, trade, visual documentary, promotional material, merchandise or film coverage without any compensation to you or approval by you.
Rules - You will abide by the rules and regulations as set down by the sports body organising the event in which you have entered. You agree that failure to comply with the designated rules may result in disqualification from the Koru Games and that you are responsible for any consequences of your failure to observe the rules and regulations.
Collection of Information - Information is collected and held by Koru Games. Information collected will be forwarded to the individual codes and published in hardcopy and online. Your name and contact details may be forwarded to Koru Games sponsors, who may use them for promotional purposes. You have the right to request access to and correction of any personal information held by Koru Games. By providing Koru Games with your email address you consent to receipt of promotional and other information via email from Koru Games or associated parties related to Koru Games or other relevant events or activities.
Doug McSweeney (General Manager)
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