Athletes' chance to get over study hurdle

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 October, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 October, 1998, 12:00am

Fair play, quality athletes and a generous measure of support - our sports day seemed to have all the essential ingredients for its success.

Tense and excited - that's how all of us at Mission Covenant Church Holm Glad College felt when the competition started.

The two-day event, at Kowloon Bay Sports Ground, was aimed at promoting sportsmanship in a relaxed atmosphere.

It also marked the 17th anniversary of my school.

Freed from the pressure normally associated with schoolwork, the students took part in various activities with little on their minds other than having a good time.

They gave spirited performances in hurdling, sprinting, long-distance running, long jump, high jump, shot-put, discus and javelin.

The spectators cheered on the four houses - Zhong, Xin, Yen and Ai - as they battled for supremacy.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, our principal Lai Shu- ho encouraged the athletes to do their best.

For a group of Form Seven students the event was their swan-song.

A student said the sports day evoked wonderful memories, although she competed only on the first day.

How did she spend the second day? 'Well, I had a nice chat with my friends. I also shouted slogans to support my House,' she said.

Choi Yun-sam was the boys' Grade A champion, while the girls' title was shared by Lai Chi-yan and Wat Ying-mui.

Meanwhile, there was double joy for Yen House as they claimed the overall and cheering team championships.

As the master of ceremonies, I had to speak in front of my schoolmates. And I was very happy everything went off smoothly. Besides, as a head prefect I had to co-ordinate things with different people.

All in all, it proved to be an unforgettable experience.

Che-lam is a student of Holm Glad College