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This is a question School Sports Day

At some point in the distant past, someone at my school had built a large concrete tank behind the sheds and called it a swimming pool. Proud of this, they had a "Swimming Sports Day" in which everyone had to participate, even those who couldn't swim (they got to walk across the shallow end of the tank).

This would probably have been OK if the pool hadn't turned a deep opaque green the night before due to lack of maintainance. Even the school sports stars didn't want to go near the gloopy mess in the pool. We were practically pushed in. I'm sure some of the younger kids never surfaced again and the non-swimmers looked petrified.

Tell us your sports day horrors.

(, Thu 30 Mar 2006, 11:13)
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The Race For The Prize
Not really a horror story, so much as a romp to victory by cheating and setting my stall as a detestable smartarse out quite early.

At our junior school Sports Day, we had to compete in heats before the event itself, so those with a natural ability to throw beanbags into Frytol buckets could really shine, and such.

If it turned out that you were in fact awful at everything, you were put into a generic "Flat Race" designed for bumbling fools, and as such treated differently than all the other events - with points for every position one might stagger home in, presumably for "trying hard".

A heady mixture of forward planning and actual sporting inability led to this Flat Race being run by me and 7 other members of our school house. As promised, the points were awarded.

The net result of this?
Decisive victory for our team.

Subsequently, in real life this tactic of doing really badly and then relying on my ability to exploit the system, has yielded mixed results.

Can't win 'em all...
(, Thu 30 Mar 2006, 13:03, Reply)

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