Written by CRICS P.E. Teacher and Events Coordinator
A great day for CRICS, Sports Day is always fun. Perfectly fitting for the year, we chose the current Winter Olympics as our theme.
Before teams are even selected for Sports Day, it takes a steering committee to get things started. Thank you to Dan, Jeremy, Jon, Emma, and new this year, our student representatives C.G. and S.K.
A month before Sports Day we had a group meeting where 12 teams were chosen. Each team was asked to select a captain, then the groups went to work picking a mascot and team colors. We followed up with the captains for a few weeks as each team prepared their flag and team cheer.
This year’s athletes were represented by the country of their choice. That list included Antarctica, Brazil, China, Germany, Greece, Japan, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Switzerland, U.S.A., and Vanuatu.
We started Sports Day 2014 with an Opening Ceremony Parade of Nations. Each team marched in to the theme song of the Olympics. We assembled on the sports court, and the games began with team cheers from each country. What a fun way to start the day. Team Turkey took this year’s team cheer award. Later we had each teacher/staff member vote for the team sportsmanship award. The award went to Team Vanuatu.
Minus the snow, each event selected by the committee this year was perfectly fitting for the Olympic theme.
The biathlon was clearly thought out. Unique grass skis carried athletes around the course to Nerf targets.
“Team” cross-country skiing was challenging, but super fun to watch as everyone worked together on one pair of skis fit for five.
Broom Ball, a game similar to ice hockey, was a sure hit with the students. The small lunch room made an ideal rink. We started out with 16 brooms and ended the day with 7!
The dogsled event took great strength from both the racers and mushers. A musher is the person who steers the dog sled. The course was long and tiring, but despite how hard it was, each team worked super hard to try to win the red ribbon.
Human Curling. How exciting can it be to push your teammate down a long hallway on an 18 inch scooter toward a small target?! Guiding their teammate toward the target was not easy, but many landed where they needed to.
Basketball may not be a winter sport, but who doesn’t like to shoot around? With challenges on the court, everyone had fun.
It was a very full and fun day with lots of excitement! Our athletes were very tired at the end.
We ended the day with a medal ceremony. This year’s awards:
Team Spain took home the Bronze medal.
Team Brazil took home the Silver.
The Gold medal for Sports Day 2014 went to Team Russia.
And from the leader of the steering committee, “Thank you everyone involved. Each one of you deserves a gold medal. CRICS athletes, I am so proud of you!”
Enjoy some pictures of our day. (For more pictures, visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/crics.asia