Sports Day 2019

May 29th 2019… Four ‘houses’ gathered on Hall Meadow, at the front of Concord College, each one with the House Cup in their sights. The athletes from each house readied themselves. The runners made their warm-up rounds, the javelins and shots were readied, and all the while spectators looked on with anticipation, waiting for the starting gun, the whistle, the call, that would set the events in motion. As javelins pierced the crisp air and the sprinters bolted across the field, the atmosphere could only be described as electrifying, as the energy from the crowd was felt by each and every person present. Wild yells and cries of encouragement, joy, and frustration all merged into a melting pot of excitement.

The events of the day included javelin, shot put, running races of various distances – both sprinting and long distance, relays, and tug-of-war. All the while, flags of the various house colours could be seen fluttering over a sea of red, green, yellow and blue shirts. From the faces on the athletes, you could tell that everyone was giving it their all, and this competitive spirit resulted in some high-octane and thrilling action in almost all of the events. A vast majority of the events were also extremely close, with some of the races even having highly controversial or unexpected results as to who won.

This intense competition was also reflected by the overall results for the day, with Pankhurst just being able to dominate Sports Day overall by just about a hair’s breadth. However, the overall House Cup victors for 2019 turned out to be Mandela. The reaction from the Mandela students was unlike anything I personally have ever seen. However, being a Mandela boy myself, the unbridled ecstasy was completely and utterly relatable. Regardless of who won and lost that day however, the perfect balance of competition and sportsmanship shown made Sports Day 2019 a truly unforgettable experience.

Luke – 6.1