AIMS Games Tauranga NZ Rock Climbing
Date: Sunday 6th September to Thursday 10th September 2020
Venue: Rocktopia, 9 Triton Ave, Mount Maunganui
Managers Meeting: Sunday 6th September 8.30am at Rocktopia 9 Triton Ave, Mount Maunganui
Cost: $75.00 per competitor (NZ$)
Entries Close: Wednesday 10th June 2020 at 11.59pm – Online registrations close


Contact Details

Event Director:
Carla Blockley
Phone: 07 572 4920
Mobile: 021 378 825


Tournament Planning


  1. Students competing must be enrolled full-time in the school they are representing.
  2. New Zealand students competing must be a Year 7 or Year 8 student.
  3. New Zealand schools must be an affiliated member of NZAIMS - New Zealand Association of Intermediate and Middle Schooling
  4. Students may compete in more than one code however timetable allowances will NOT be made for any competitors.
  5. Competitors must be Over 10 years and 13 years of age or Under as at the 1st January of the tournament year (2020), competitor’s birthdates will be required on school registration documentation (accepted birth years for the 2020 Games are: 2007, 2008 and 2009).
  6. All participants must have online medical and media waiver documentation completed to be eligible to compete.


  • Schools are required to pay the entry fee of $75.00 per competitor (NZ$).
  • Non-refundable / Payment MUST be made within seven days of receipt of the invoice.
  • Invoices will be sent to the School Accounts Manager after the entry closing date, 10th June.

Entries Close

Wednesday 10th June 2020 at 11.59pm

Entries to the 2020 Anchor AIMS Games International Sporting Championships will be made and only accepted online:

  • All registrations are completed online with EnterNOW.
  • A ‘Quick Start Guide’ for EnterNOW will be sent out with the Registration Booklet.
  • Registrations will only be accepted from the designated School Anchor AIMS Games Coordinator.
  • Schools will be allocated a unique Anchor AIMS Games registration log in code to complete their entries.
  • EnterNOW demo video for schools

If registration for an activity is oversubscribed, then the opportunity to participate will be at the discretion of the executive committee and no further correspondence will be entered into (if unsuccessful team/individual entry will be refunded).

2020 Planning Timeline

  • Wednesday 10th June – Entries close for the 2020 Anchor AIMS Games at 11.59pm. The EnterNOW system will generate a confirmation email three days prior to entries closing so school coordinators can check that they have entered the correct individuals, teams, codes etc.
    The AIMS Games Trust has a strict NO REFUND policy from this date! NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Wednesday 24th June – All schools must have paid their registration invoice to have their entry confirmed.
    Late entries (if accepted) will incur a 50% penalty fee
  • Wednesday 1st July – Confirmation sent to all 2020 participating schools (if registration for a sporting code is oversubscribed then the opportunity to compete will be at the discretion of the executive committee).
  • Monday 27th July – School group opening ceremony ticket bookings go on sale through Ticketek
    (First show – 3.00pm, Second show – 7.00pm).
  • Wednesday 29th July – All Team/individual online name and code information registration forms to be completed. Competitors’ names, date of birth and manager’s name and contact details are required.
  • Monday 3rd August – Public opening ceremony tickets go on sale through Ticketek
    (First show – 3.00pm, Second show – 7.00pm).
  • Saturday 5th September – The 17th Anchor AIMS Games International Sporting Championships opens.
Anchor AIMS Games app

Tournament Information

New Zealand School Divisions

Maximum of eight competitors per division

  • Year 7 Girls
  • Year 7 Boys
  • Year 8 Girls
  • Year 8 Boys


Sunday 6th September Managers Meeting 8.30am First qualifying rounds start for all year 7 students 9.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday 6th September Opening Ceremony (Trustpower Arena at Baypark) First show – 3.00pm, Second show – 7.00pm
Monday 7th September
Second qualifying round starts for all year 8 students 9.00am - 6.00pm
Tuesday 8th September Quarter-finals 11.00am - 7.00pm
Wednesday 9th September Semi-finals 1.00pm – 7.00pm
Thursday 10th September Finals: Year 7 Boys and Girls 1.00pm - 3.00pm Finals: Year 8 Boys and Girls 3.00pm – 5.00pm Prize giving 6.00pm
Discipline 1 – Top Rope
  • There will be 5 top rope routes set at Rocktopia.
  • Climbs will be set by grade, progressing from 15 to 23.
  • The Climber will have one attempt only on each climb.
  • There will be a judge at each climb, the climber must listen to all instructions from the judge and the judge will mark the climbers score card with the score the climber achieved on their attempt.
  • The climber will have 3 minutes for each attempt, the time will start when the climber is clipped into the Auto Belay system.
  • If the Climber fails to finish their attempt in the 3 minutes, the final hold they were on when time is called will count as their score.
  • Every hand hold will be worth points with the Top Hold being worth a Bonus of 10 points. The Climber must hold the Top hold in a controlled manner for 3 seconds to achieve the Bonus points.
Discipline 2 – Speed Climb
  • Climbers will have two attempts at the Speed Climb.
  • Both of your scores will be combined to get your overall score
  • The two fastest times per division per school will be added together to get your best overall time. The school with the lowest average time will be announced as the Fastest School and they will be presented with the Speed Wall cup at the prize giving after the event.
Discipline 3 – Bouldering
  • There will be 3 boulder problems set. They will be marked with 2 scoring zones and a top finish hold.
  • Climbers will have 3 minutes to attempt each problem with a 3-minute break between each problem.
  • The climber will receive points for passing into a Zone or reaching the top finish hold. Every attempt effects the climbers’ maximum score with the climber achieving the highest point with the least attempts earning more points.
  • The IFSC boulder format will be followed.

General Rules

  • All competitors and their supporters accept a duty of care in participating in this event.
  • The event director and organising committee will work to identify, eliminate where possible and or minimise risk.
  • The event director and organising committee reserve the right to make all necessary changes to the routes at any time in the best interest of safety for competitors.
  • Maximum of eight competitors per division. (Overall Total 32)
  • Wear clothing that is associated with your school. No bare feet are allowed. Climbers must wear closed toe sneakers or climbing shoes to compete.
  • If climbers do not have the correct footwear these can be hired from Rocktopia at $4.00 per pair. To avoid disappointment please call Rocktopia on 07 572 4920 to book your shoes early.
  • Please park your vehicles in the carpark to the front and sides of Rocktopia. Please do not park your vehicle in front of Rocktopia or block the entrance and exits.
  • Judges only in climbing gym area during the competition.
  • All team managers are required to have their team medical forms with them during the event.
  • Team Managers are responsible for their parents and supporters. Please ensure that the safety and enjoyment of all competitors is of upmost importance.


  • Climbing Shoes or closed toe sneakers must be worn at all times when climbing.
  • Climbers must obey the Judges and Rocktopia staff at all times.
  • During the Finals rounds all competitors will be held in an isolation area while other participants are climbing.

Team Honours

  • Schools with less than six competitors will be ineligible to claim team honors.
  • For Team Honors – the top 6 placings will be added together and divided by 6 to find the overall top school.

Health and Safety

  • All participants, team managers and schools are reminded that they compete at their own risk and absolve the event director, all Judges, helpers and volunteers from any blame or claim.
  • The routes will be challenging and a moderate to high level of fitness is required.
  • Any climbing equipment that a Climber brings to use in the competition must be checked by Rocktopia staff before climbing. Any equipment deemed unsafe by Rocktopia staff cannot be used during the competition.
  • Judges will check to ensure climbers are clipped on correctly before they start climbing.


The organiser will appoint a President of the Jury (P.O.J) to whom disputes can be directed. Disputes must be lodged within 5 minutes of the official posting of results of each round. Disputes must be written on the official disputes form and accompanied by $20.00.


Rocktopia, 9 Triton Avenue, Mount Maunganui

Medal Presentation

Individual and Team Honors place getters for each Year Group/Gender and School Championship will be presented with their medals at the end of the competition at 6pm on Thursday evening. Prize giving will take place at Rocktopia Adventure Centre.

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