China Basketball Tour

China Tour – NZIS Basketball Academy and Cultural Performance 9 – 20 September 2010

Members of the NZIS Basketball Academy team, Volleyball team and students from our Auckland and Christchurch campuses departed September 9 for Shanghai, China. The tour began with a cultural performance at the 2010 Shanghai Tourism Festival parade, encompassing a parade rehearsal and the actual parade, followed by a performance at the Sky Tower in downtown Shanghai.

The parade performance on September 13 was a huge occasion, as our students marched and performed in front of an audience of 250,000 people! The performance was broadcast live by all the major television networks across China. This experience was undoubtedly the major highlight of our tour – the students spoke of this experience as the most significant one in their lives to date.

The next day the tour group performed at the Sky Tower in downtown Shanghai. The performance was the culmination of 6 weeks of hard work by the students and our cultural tutors. We take this opportunity to thank both Telu and Seilala for their time, dedication and patience. It would not have been possible without their expertise and continued support.

On Tuesday 14 September the tour group visited the World Expo and spent time at the Chinese and New Zealand pavilions. The next day the tour group left Shanghai and arrived in Beijing for the sporting leg of the tour. The NZIS Basketball Academy team lost their first game 75 – 50 and the Volleyball team was also defeated. While the NZIS athletes were unable to adjust to the height and physicality of the Beijing Sport University teams, the Basketball Academy team was more compettive in their second game, losing 82-70.

During the remaining 2 days, the tour group visited the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the venue of the 2008 Olympics track and field competition – the “Bird’s Nest”.

Congratulations to all of the students and staff who made this a successful and memorable tour for NZIS!

New Zealand Institute of Sport