Sports day kicked off with a parade of all the athletes in their form
groups, this is a year 7 form, it is their first sports day at Sundorne
so they were a little nervous but excited to be competing.
In contrast, this is a year 10 form who are 'old hands' looking relaxed
and ready to race.
This is Mr McCarthy, he has the important job of being
the 'starter' for all the track events.
Field events on sports day include discus, javelin, shot putt,
a three legged race and the more unusual 'welly wanging'.
Discus throwing requires a good technique and its not
always the biggest or the strongest that throw the furthest.
'Welly wanging' involves throwing the welly as far as you can.
This can be done by facing forwards and throwing, or,
as in the case of this student, facing backwards. This method
means the welly has to be thrown up and over the head. As
you can imagin direction can sometimes be a problem and
wellys have ended up in some strange places.
As stated, it is not always the tallest, strongest, or biggest
that comes out on top. If you can get the technique right,
as this student has, you can beat the rest.
'Putting' the shot has its very own unique technique,which, if used
correctly,will result in a longer distance being recorded for the
throw. You don't have to be strong, but it helps if you can pick
the shot up in the first place, and what ever you do ,don't drop
it on you toe!!
Getting co-ordinated with your partner is the most important
element to this race, it takes a lot of practice and if you get it
wrong the chances are you will end up flat on your face!
The hardest part is keeping a lid on the overwhelming urge
Not to be outdone, the staff competed in a relay race against
each other, I have to say they were supprisingly quick and what
was particularly amazing, nobody dropped the baton!