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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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High Jump
Sometimes in life people's cards are marked from the get go. Like Alex.

Before going to high school, we were given 2 induction days at what was to become our school for the next 6 years. All of the local primary school were invited, so on the last afternoon of the 2 day visit, they held an inter-school sports day.

Being quite lanky (even then) i was the natural choice for the high jump. Well, i say high. The bar was actually only 2-3 foot off the ground. The crash mat came up to about half of this giddy height, and as such most people were arsing about and generally stepping over the bar. Until alex pitched up.

After taking what seems like an eternity to focus, he begins his run up and jumps. Not so much the standard high jump technique of the fosberry flop, but instead opting for a distinctly klinsmann-esque dive. what happened next defied the laws of physics.

Somehow, alex had managed to jump under the bar, depsite there only being about a foot's worth of space between the top of the mat and the bar. This, as im sure you'll understnad was fairly embarrassing for him, so he ran off to cry behind a nearby tree (later christened alex's tree). I'd like to say the story stops here, but it never does at school. As the high jump was the last event of the afternoon, virtually every pupil across three schools was loitering about watching the high jump. Cue approximately 300 total strangers surrounding alex's tree to point and laugh.

This was well remembered 6 months later when we actually started school there properly. Until he left in 6th year he could often be seen becoming near-apoplectic at being asked "remember when you jumped under the high jump, alex?" As such he was pretty much ostracised from day 1 because he was crap at high jump. Like i say, some people's cards are marked..."
(, Thu 30 Mar 2006, 17:56, Reply)

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