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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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Relay handovers....SLOW DOWN
I was a sport nut as a kid. I played everything and would try everything. The only thing was that I was quite large. I could move quickly over very short distances but would tire quickly. I was great at strength events, for 6 years at secondary school I won all the discus, shotput and javelin events and represented my region in the same. Come to the second last year and I was House Captain (Yay Tanjil). Of course I was committed to my house, even to the point where I was willing to run the first leg of the 4 x 100m relay.

I am now 6 feet 2 inches tall and about 160Kgs (370ish pounds). When I was in school I was slim by comparison but still inches taller and probably 30 kgs heavier than the closest fellow relay team member.

The gun went and I gave it all I had, keeping up for about 25 metres. By the time i had reached the handover point I was completely knackered and slowing like a skateboard with a stone under a wheel. The guy who I had to hand the baton to was a good friend and made generous allowance for my lack of speed, he ran slow to let me catch up but alas not slow enough. He was yelling at me to run faster but I was almost spent. FOr what seemed like an age I tried in vain to hand him the baton before screaming "FOR F#CK SAKE SLOW DOWN YOU BASTARD!!".

Right in front of the majority of the crowd. I don't think I have ever heard such a laugh from a crowd of sporting spectators. I also saw first hand how a person runs when you hand them the baton and making them piss their pants laughing.

At least we got the point for the house. I never ran in an athletic event again.
(, Tue 4 Apr 2006, 13:51, Reply)

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