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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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and yet I never swam competitvely again...
I skipped all but one of my high school swimming carnivals(to go to the beach and work on my tan no less) because (a)the sports master was a touchy feely bastard, and (b)I was too scared to dive, but too ashamed to jump into the pool.

The only day I did attend I mustered up the courage to dive off the block, swam under water feeling invincible for oh, 30 seconds, came up and began swimming at a leisurely pace.

Soon after I heard a whistle and splashing behind me - the boys race had begun while I was still at about the halfway point. I was soon overtaken by the boy swimming in my lane, but by the time I completed my lap I was judged as having come first in the *following* girls race.

I got a nice blue ribbon and was automatically entered in the district finals.
(, Fri 31 Mar 2006, 12:40, Reply)

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