Olympic torch lights up school sports day

Olympic torch lights up school sports day

29th July 2013


A RETIRED teacher brought some Olympic magic to a school sports day run for the first time in two years.

Dismal conditions twice put paid to Risedale Sports and Community College’s annual sports event last year.

But this year perfect conditions helped young sports stars perform to their very best as the sun glistened on an Olympic torch brought to the proceedings by ex-teacher John Hacking.

Mr Hacking worked at the school for 35 years and continues to be involved in sport umpiring local cricket and refereeing basketball and rugby. He was nominated to carry the Olympic torch last year by the school and his daughter.

“This was the first chance I have had to say thank you for turning out last year to watch me parade the torch,” he said.

“I recall my school sports days and it doesn’t matter whether you are ultra-competitive or just watching your friends take part they are days to remember.”

Mr Hacking opened the sports day with his golden torch and a motivational speech to get competitors in the mood.

Young sportsmen and women then battled it out on track and field with medals handed out for the first three places.

Competitors wore house colours and were given rousing support from the stands from colleagues and families.

Head of sport Selina Brierley said: “The main emphasis was on enjoyment, improving personal performances and participation by all. Every student contributed in some way to house point scores and the whole day was designed to engender feelings of success, loyalty and endeavour.

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