“The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.” Howard Cosell
The quote above highlights perfectly the feelings of the PE Staff after taking so many of our NAISAK students out last week to compete against schools within the primary and secondary private school leagues. For many of our students, it was the first time they had represented the school and played a particular sport in a competitive environment. For others, it marked a turning point in their performance and attitude to what it actually means to be selected and work hard for a win.
On Sunday, students from Year 3 to Year 6 travelled to Dukhan to take part in the QPPSSA Cross Country competition. This is a real test of a child’s stamina and ability to pace themselves in an unfamiliar environment. Despite having no top 3 finishers, the smiles on children’s face show the enjoyment they got from this experience.
The Year 5, 6 and Under 14 Netball teams were also very busy. Our Year 5 and 6 netball teams played their first netball tournament of the year; for the Year 5s, their first netball match ever! They made a fantastic account of themselves and showed real progression throughout their matches. An extra special well done to Elia Johnson, Mahasre Santhosh Kumar and Maryam Al Mutlaq who were nominated player of the match by the umpire in their games. The Under 14 netball team played their first matches of the season at home against the International School of London and away at Dukhan English Speaking School. Unfortunately the team did not win but instead learned a lot about how to play together as a team. Our Year 10 students showed support to their peers by time keeping and scoring the match as well as cheering all the way through.
Finally, in football, the Under 14 team visited Doha College to play two games. After beating Doha College 5-2 in their first game, they completed the double by beating Newton British Academy 2-1 in their second game. They currently lie first place in the league. Well done boys – this has certainly been a progressive journey! The Under 16 team battled well in a tough encounter with Qatar Leadership Academy on Monday. With a team much younger than the opposition, NAISAK performed very well and were tied until the last ten minutes when they conceded 3 goals to go down 5-2. The Under 12 team visited Qatar Academy for their first matches of the season. Despite losing all four games, they never gave up and improved with every game. A last-minute goal was all that stopped them from drawing with AKIS, who went on to win the tournament.
Well done to everyone who participated last week! Let us learn from our adventures and keep up the good work and practice.