Official Athletics Track Opening – Saturday 22nd February 2014

On the morning of 22nd February, over 400 budding young athletes descended upon the newly-built eight lane tartan track to take part in the ‘Official Athletics Track Opening’. With sport being so integral to the ethos of the College, it was wonderful to see such a strong turnout from both pupils and parents alike at such a landmark event in the College’s history.

The day started with the Prep-Prep pupils who took part in a 50m dash, Bean Bag throw and Standing Jump events. The Lower Prep and Upper Prep Schools then took to the field to represent their houses in the track and field events. Although all children excelled, special mention must go to Otto Kottegoda-Breden (Year 3) for his blisteringly fast 50m dash time of 8.5 seconds, setting a new Pre-Prep record. Additionally, Macy Hall’s (Year 6) perfectly paced 800m run cemented her 1st place position in her age group whilst also setting a new track record for the girls’ Upper Prep 800m category.

Although there were numerous outstanding individual performances, the overall winner of the inter-house competition was based on the whole team’s efforts. After over 4 hours of closely contested competition, ‘Hunt’ came out as overall victors.

The next events saw the Senior School inter-house teams battle it out in nine separate disciplines. All pupils performed to the best of their ability in the midday heat. Special mention however, must go to Wei Chee Lee (Shell) for his school record-breaking time of 54.35 seconds in the boys’ Upper Prep 400m category. In the long-jump, Kenzie Lynas (Remove) recorded the girls’ Senior School record with a huge jump of 3.75m.

As with the Prep School, all the solo achievements went towards the overall inter-house scores and, after a very exciting high jump competition, ‘Blue’ Division emerged as the winners. Senior School pupils were also invited to take part in a Photography Competition, exploring the theme, ‘A Day at the Races’. The Brief was to capture and submit up to three photographs to a judging panel. The panel considered composition, artistic merit, originality and overall impact. The winning photographs which accompany this report will also form the basis of an exhibition to mark the day.

Senior School pupils were also invited to take part in a Photography Competition, exploring the theme, ‘A Day at the Races’. The Brief was to capture and submit up to three photographs to a judging panel. The panel considered composition, artistic merit, originality and overall impact. The winning photographs which accompany this report will also form the basis of an exhibition to mark the day.

The highlight of the day for many was the opening of the track itself, with esteemed members of the Common Room, Mr Mooney, Mr McVeigh, Mr Salt, Dr Sharp and Mrs Pick contributing to a 100m ‘run’ (for most a light jog), carrying the scissors used to cut the ribbon inside the baton. The last member of the relay was Jessie Soon, one of the Marlborough College Malaysia Council members, who cut the ribbon to officially open the track.

Many thanks to all those parents who came in force to cheer on the competitors in such a wonderful manner. Special thanks also go to the Friends of MCM for their organisation and huge help on the day, selling coffee and ice cream, which proved to be very popular, as well as FOMCM merchandise.

All in all, a very special and memorable day.

Mr Will Bryan
Graduate Assistant

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