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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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The Swimming Gala
My mother signed me up to do backstroke at the local swimming gala, myself aged seven at the time. Imagine the horror when her precious child started keening to the left. "wrong way, wrong way", the crowd shouted, so I duly turned - left again - and made it back to the start, labouring under the misapphrehension that I had won. They made me finish the race as well, how cruel. I was still proud as anything though, I came second (out of two), got to go up on the podium and everything. Wore the medal constantly for two weeks, until I lost it in a taxi.
(, Fri 31 Mar 2006, 17:40, Reply)

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