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Frank van Kampen Interschool Sports Tournament
10 September
Rugby action from the Frank van Kampen Interschool tournament in Waikanae.

Bitter sweet is how one might describe the occasion of the first Frank van Kampen Interschool Tournament between Waikanae and Kapanui schools.

It is just under a year since Frank van Kampen, a much loved teacher was knocked off his bike and killed by a drunk driver while he was cycling home to Ōtaki.

"Frank was an outstanding teacher," said Des Hedley, Principal of Kapanui School where Frank taught. "He was very committed to sport and was the driving force behind our school sport programme."
Mr van Kampen's mother Helen, was a guest of honour at the tournament that involved rugby, netball, rippa rugby, hockey and soccer. She said "it is at times like this I really really miss him. He was so into everything a bright shining beacon and on a day like this I really miss hearing his voice."

Alex Penberth, a member of the Kapanui School rugby team, was last year in Mr van Kampen's class "he was so cool in and out of school. He had the knack of making learning fun and getting us to focus - he was just one of those special people."

Fittingly, on a sunny Wednesday afternoon, Kapanui took out the shield with wins in hockey, rugby and rippa rugby, a draw in soccer and a loss to Waikanae in both the netball games.

There will be an official presentation of the shield later in the week.

Sport Wellington Kāpiti supported the tournament by presenting the Year 7 & 8 class with a soccer, rugby and netball.

Said Jan Nisbet Regional Services adviser, "It is to help foster the spirit that lunch times and break times are great for getting out and playing."

 
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