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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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Much more fun running sports days than running in them...
At primary school, we all took part in the sports day, going round 'bases' in our groups doing things like seeing how many baskets you can score or beanbags you can get in a hoop, then on to some running races (with heats having taken part beforehand so I didnt have to bother being incredibly slow. All onfront of our collective parents sat in the middle. Not particularly exciting, but not bad per se

The fun bit came after we had left primary school (at 11) and gone to academy, where the seniors from our primary got to go back and help run the event, Standing around in the sun for an afternoon counting all the points up at bases, then holding up the finishing line for the races, and all the comments from teachers still there about how big we now were and how well we are doing.
Much better fun than sitting around in a stuffy classroom and doing work. Helped by a couple of friends who had come along for the fun of it (being ex pupils they got off with it too) joining us in our scoring and standing around, fantastic

Incidentally, my old house won it that year too, and I didn't get to cheat and fudge scores for them either, as I ended up marking another team...

(, Fri 31 Mar 2006, 13:32, Reply)

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