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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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Semolina, horrid green mats, running.
My primary school had a sports day, the usual, egg and spoon, running about, hoops, etc.

We had the government issued green topped foam mats to sit on usually used inside the gym but on sports day which was usually hot and sunny they were dragged out to bake in the sun. Our school dinners usually had semolina muck for pudding, I never ate it but other did, and copious amounts.

Why the hard slog running events were scheduled after lunch I'll never know, but when one of my mates leaned forward, burped and then deposited the entire semolinery contents of his stomach on the mat, the rest of the kids parted like Moses parting the red sea. I can't read one of these stories without seeing that image, some 35 years ago.
(, Fri 31 Mar 2006, 19:33, Reply)

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