The games themselves took place over three days and were superbly organised by our Director of Sport Thomas Hitchings and he was ably supported by the PE team who had prepared the students for months and worked all weekend in setting up the venues. The competition was intense with good crowds of friends and parents who came to watch all who took part.
On the morning of Day 1, the pool was packed with spectators, coaches and competitors from 8am onwards as we whirled through the individual and relay events, so that personal bests, medal ceremonies and races seamlessly combined to start the sporting activities with a bang (or a beep). The hours of practice and the will to win was paying off in an excellent contest. 36 events in three hours meant the pool was a whirlwind of action and the coaches’ minds started to whirr into overdrive about points won, personal bests and who was injured as we headed into the afternoon of athletics. The cool weather was good to help the track and field athletes perform at their best and large crowds gathered at the end of the track and for the high quality performances at the high jump especially.
The spirit of competition carried on into the second and third days of competition, as the boys’ basketball and the girls’ football took place on Monday and the girls’ basketball and boys’ football took place on Tuesday.
I was lucky enough to catch a few of the games and also attend the medal ceremonies, and the respect and enthusiasm that these young people showed towards each other for their success left the event with a feel good buzz.
As evidence of the professionalism of our staff, the warm welcome the school likes to give to all our visitors and students, it was truly an exciting and well organised experience. I will leave it to Mr Hitchings in his round up of the event to complete the picture with a report of the number of sporting achievements that we managed from BISS Puxi. But in a week of remembrance around the world for all the problems of the past, this was a truly encouraging display of international friendly competition and shared experiences. A great learning experience for all.
- Chris Share, Head of Secondary