Despite the awful weather, students from all over Aotearoa have ventured to Canterbury to compete in the Softball Div 1 Secondary School Nationals, and Div 2 South Island Secondary School Championship.
The tournament is being held at Dynasty Ballpark, which has only recently undergone reconstruction. They have turned their two main dirt diamonds into artificial turf, as a way to increase safety and improve sustainability in the region.
Canterbury Softball Operations Director, Danielle Richardson says having these turf diamonds has allowed more games to go ahead, even in the wet weather.
There are 20 schools competing this week, including 11 girls' teams and 9 boys' teams.
The Div 1 section for the girls includes Kaiapoi High School, Rolleston College, Westlake Girls School, Rosehill College and One Tree Hill College.
The girls' teams who are competing in the Div 2 section are Riccarton High School, Avonside Girls, Ashburton College, Queens High School, Southland Girls and Dunstan High School.
In the boys' section, the schools contesting for the Championship are Shirley Boys, Southland Boys, St Bede’s College, Kaiapoi High School, St Patrick's, St Bernard's, Rolleston College, Dunstan High School and Alfriston College.