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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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Every year at sports day
we were herded off to the local cricket ground, so all the teachers and parents had somewhere nice to sit and all the pupils had a massive course to run. This meant that the whole school had to walk there, en masse, after lunch. This would be fine, but our school was also known for having *the* worst uniform in the midlands. We had gray, red, yellow, white and blue striped blazers and a lovely straw boater. You can ridicule goffs all you like, honestly, we were a minefield.

One lovely hot summers day as we were walking along, blazers and boaters on, hundreds of us, along the main road, it was fairly obvious word had got out. All along the way we had nothing but kids shouting, horns beeping, people getting in the middle and making lots of girls cry...it was incredible. The teachers didn't quite know what to do, all they could say was "Quiet, Emily" and "This way, girls", while looking as stern as possible.

On the way back to the school we were allowed to stay in full sports kit. With free ice cream. Because it was "quite hot, actually, yes."

(, Fri 31 Mar 2006, 16:20, Reply)

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