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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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Lets have a water jump
Cross country day - everyone must run the distance unless seriously medically unable. 5 races throughout the day. 1st&2nd years run 3km and go through the waterjump -think large hastily dug pit about 8m square, deep at the start lined with tarpaulin(plasitc)- once, 3rd and 4th years run 5km and go through the "jump" (or muddy swimming pool) twice on their course. Finally the 5th and 6th (me) years do their 8km race and go through the jump 3 times. Now, having had the equivalent of about 4.5 thousand people jump into the water and then try to carry on with the race meant that there was essentially a swamp for about 500m after the "jump". Not so much running cross country as wading-though-thick-mud cross country. Some of the weaker kids had to be pulled out with tractors*.

...being nowhere near the front half of the 6th years meant that doing diving bombs into the water jump (which was a good 1-1.5m deep in places) was the high point of the day :)

*tractor useage may be a figment of my imagination but the rest is true
(, Fri 31 Mar 2006, 12:44, Reply)

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