ANNUAL ATHLETIC MEET | DAY 1
“Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.” – Doug Williams
Sports develop character. It equips the individual with the necessary life skills to take on the myriad challenges in the real life scenario. To celebrate the spirit of sportsmanship and provide a platform for exhibiting sporting excellence, DPS Coimbatore organized its Annual Athletic Meet 2019-20 for the students of classes IV to IX & XI on 5 December 2019.
Day 1 of the Athletic Meet began on a promising note with the warm sun greeting the students with the prospect of spending the entire day outdoors literally basking under the radiance of the sun. The Headmaster, Mr. Ahamad Azad was ushered in and given a rousing welcome to preside over the inaugural ceremony. The event began with powerful incantation and an earnest prayer.
The torch run which ensued saw the sports stars of the school take a lap of the school ground before handing over the torch to the headmaster to light the cauldron – its flame representing the positive values that man has always associated with fire, including purity and the endeavor for perfection.
After hoisting the school flag, the Headmaster presided over the march past by students taking the salute and administered the oath that sought the participants to “respect and abide by the rules that govern the games, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sports”. In his address he emphasized the need to play sports to promote sound health and physical fitness and inculcate discipline and leadership qualities while playing competitive sports.
The calisthenics on display by students was an exercise in coordinated movements and synchronized maneuvers.
The various track and field events slated for the day for junior and sub-junior categories were conducted amidst the incessant cheering and rousing applause for budding sports stars of the school.
The events for the teachers stole the thunder with the all the students cheering their teachers and egging them on to compete in the activities specially invented for them. Setting an example for all to follow, the Headmaster, Mr. Ahamad Azad was seen participating in all the events for teachers enthusiastically.
Day 1 of the Annual Athletic Meet 2019-20 drew to a close with the prize distribution ceremony. Students exhibiting sporting acumen and excellence in the various track and field events were awarded with certificates and medals. The students boarded the buses flush with oodles of energy well spent and eager to witness the events slated for the next day.
“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” – Steve Young