Title: Sports day — No pain, no glory
by Laura from North Yorkshire | in writing, fiction
From high up the scene looked manic, masses of swirling white and blue, scattered all over the grassy green gulf. The piercing hot rays of the sun beaming down on the crowd of participants, a thick tingling aroma of vegetation floating on the cool breeze, and not a single cloud spoilt the sheet of brilliant blue, capturing the day of idyllic weather. Sports Day.
A fringe of anxious faces outlined the strict track, looking out onto the impending race with eager anticipation. Among the self exempt, boys stampeded across the baked earth like raging bulls, bellowing cheers of luck and comparing individual ability like playing cards, unable to control their excitement. While prestige princesses prune each others peroxide curls, or lay on the smooth lawn carpet stretching out their elegant bodies aiming for evenly bronzed skin. Teachers scanned the colossal crowd like eagles on the hunt, eagerly awaiting the chance to display authority and punish an immature idiot.
PE staff congregated over by the finish line, tall runner bean figures with broad bulky biceps sticking out of their tight sporting gear, gripping their red clipboards eyeing the records with noticeable exhilaration, tapping and clicking their pens impatiently. The old and experienced boasting bristly grey moustaches, eyes heavily outlined, and the tell tale wrinkles looking like the Grand Canyon next to the smooth flat faces that belonged to the new able-bodied students.
However at the far end of the track a tense mood drifted between the horizon of pale and nervous racers. The general consensus was grim; hardly anyone chose to chat amongst themselves. Rather preferring stern silence, some gritting and grinding their teeth creating an eerie crunching that echoed through the hush, while others rubbed their lifeless limbs striving to achieve the soft suppleness required for an easier race.
One girl had separated herself from the competition, her tousled brown hair was fixed back of her determined olive face, her harsh jaw line and taut brow illustrating the seriousness and competitive nature within. Professional deep dark eyes sliced through the collective bodies weighing up their ability, rarely meeting the challenging glare of other, looking rather on a worried glaze of stagnant fear. No matter the onlooker all views, if not fixed on the finish line, flicked across to one scene in particular.
A thick chipped oak effect bench was placed precariously on an odd sloping bit of stingy grass, the crumbly mud underneath scuffed with typical trademark trainer patterns. Upon this neglected rest many stooping and drooping figures were settled. Shiny haggard faces dripped in translucent beads and either expressed looks of defeated dismay, or ecstatic exclamations of delight. The odour of clammy and damp oozed from the earth sodden shirts in and out of these exhausted but cheerful people, as ultimately the enjoyed the bliss of being seated. Frowns of pain were not uncommon along the station of recuperation, throbbing aches seethed through ripped and ragged muscles, air wheezed shakily in and out of the lungs, and hearts struggled desperately to repair the acidic war zone that had been left behind. No pain, no glory.
At the end of the bench sat a boy gulping at the thirst-quenching ocean contained in his dirt encrusted Nike drinks bottle, letting the fresh droplets trickle lusciously over his tingling pink tongue. Many were gasping for some of this refreshing miracle to cleanse their prickly savannah like throats.
All in anticipation of one sound;
They were away.
Essay on Sports Day of My School for School Students
We had the annual sports day of our school the other day. I took active part in the various events. The sports day began with the races—the hundred meter race, the 400 meter race, the 300 metre race and one mile race. The last event was the most keenly contested one. Most of the competitors were exhausted4 in the first round and gave in. Only three remained in the field. The one who was last, made an effort in the last round and won. There was loud applause.
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The hurdle race1 also provided a good deal of fun. My friend Satish got over all the hurdles with ease and was declared first. The other races which we enjoyed were the potato race, the three-legged race and the slow cycle race. I took part in the slow cycle race and won the first prize.
Now came the long and high jumps. I participated in both the events. Luck, however, did not favor me. The one who was the tallest of all won both the events. The other events of the day were the shot-put, the discus throw and the javelin throw. I did not take part in any one of them. One of my closest friends, however, won in all these events.
The last event of the sports was the tug-of-war. It proved very interesting. Both the teams were evenly matched It was largely the skill of my friends that made them win the game. When they failed to gain even an inch, the captain ordered a change. This had the desired effect. The team now began to pull. Soon the anchor of the other team was clean dragged out. My friends won.
At 4 o’clock there was a march past of all the athletes. The Principal of my school took the salute. It was a grand sight to see the athletes march with measured footsteps and the swinging of the arms. The last event of the day was the prize distribution The Director of Education was the guest of the evening. He gave away the prizes to the winners. It was a day of great excitement.
Write an Essay on the Annual Sports Day of your School
Today a school without games and sports is unthinkable, as sports and games have become an integral element of present-day education. Formerly teaching consisted of merely imparting the basic skills of 3R’s (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic).
But true learning is much more than that. Today education is an all-round development of the child. In this respect games and sports play a significant role. It is in this backdrop that most schools organise their Annual Sports Day.
Last year, my school’s Annual Sports Day was held on 20th Oct. Generally a month of preparation precedes the day. A month prior to the event, all the children of the school were divided into four houses and respective sports groups such as senior, junior and sub-junior. Once the children are allotted their houses and groups, the various Outdoor Games begin. It is the most interesting and the most spirited part of the whole event.
Immediate preparation for the day commenced two days prior to the event. Different works such as, the preparation of the welcome gate, pandel, flag post, tracks, Olympic torch, decoration of the area, arrangement of the prizes, etc., were allotted to the different houses for completion. On 19th Oct, the final touches were given to the preparation and last rehearsals were held for the inaugural function and the cultural show.
The Sports Day commenced at 7.50
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a. m. the following day with the welcoming of the chief guest. Our chief guest for the occasion was the newly appointed District Deputy Commissioner. He was solemnly welcomed at the gate by a group of Wangala dancers (Garo dancers) and by the school authorities. He was garlanded at the gate and given a bouquet of flowers as a token of official welcome. Thereafter, he was led to the specially erected pandal by the Wangala dancers.
As soon as he reached the Pandal, he hoisted the School’s Sports flag amidst the singing of the school anthem by the children, which was followed by an impressive march past, lighting of the Olympic flame and the oath-taking ceremony.
The chief guest then addressed the students wherein he outlined briefly the value of sports and games in student’s life and possibilities of career options in this field. The inaugural function came to a close with the display of a short drill. Sports events commenced soon after this.
The races, throws, jumps and the various items followed one by one. At 3.00 p. m the sports events in the field came to a close with the last item of musical chair for the staff. The concluding programme commenced immediately after this.
The chief event of the concluding function was the group dances performed by the different houses and the prize distribution by the chief guest. The last item of the eventful day was the de-hoisting of the sports flag by the chief guest, signalling the official closing of the school’s Annual Sports Day for the year.
Annual Sports Day is an eagerly awaited event in my school. It is a time of great fun and joy in the school as the days prior to the event as well as the day itself are marked by tournaments, matches and various competitions.
Apart from teaching us good values such as, sportsmanship, proper spirit of competition, team-spirit, co-operation, discipline in the field, etc. Annual Sports Day makes school life lively, interesting, enjoyable and memorable.