AY1819 Sports Day Review
By Jonathan Webber
An exciting build up with a thrilling finish. Zubir Said won the sports day cup for a third time in a row setting new standards and entering the record books.
Taking it all back, the whole planning for the March events, Sports Heat and Sports Day, starts back in January when all four houses begin to sign up their competitors. S1 and S2 compete in PE lessons to find out their track and field events, while S3-DP2 use prior knowledge and current athletic ability to place students into events. The whole selection process brings the houses together to find out what strength’s students have and what type of strategies will be used for team events such as the relay.
S3-DP2 students have the chance to qualify for field events in February during lunch time throws. Whereas S1-S2 students will be doing the same in lessons. Fierce competition and finding out all levels of ability now starts to take center attention.
Sports Heat is the next stepping stone for all competitors to qualify, mainly on track events. Long jump becomes the next field event for qualification. Shot put is the only event on Sports Heat to have a final. A chance to get a first glimpse into podium finishes. The afternoon brings most of the school together and really demonstrates house spirit and all the prior planning being put into action. A real sense of fun, excitement and the occasional nerves covered the sport stadium as students enter their events with the hope of making the sport day finals.
Only one week later, all students who have progressed from the heats are now into the blue-ribbon final events. This is really where the leaderboard starts to get interesting as points for winning events are awarded. Plus, the chance to break school records, achieve further points and make your way into the history books.
The start of the day saw LKY house top of the leaderboard but closer followed by Marshall house, only 4 points being the difference. However, it was Zubir Said house the showed their grit, determination and overall athletic prowess to complete a third win in a row. They ended up winning the event by nearly 100-point difference. A well-deserved victory!
A special mention goes out to all the help of staff members and student volunteers, without them the annual Sports Heat and Sports Day would not be a success. Also, thanks to all parents that attended and showed their support. These types of events really demonstrate the school’s spirit and willingness to work together to showcase a spectacular, whole school sporting occasion.
What will next year’s Sports Heat and Day bring, can Zubir Said do the unthinkable and win for a fourth straight time…