The annual Apple Bowl Sports Day arrived this afternoon and expectations were high for the return of TheTank, after his performance last year….
Having taken the 100m and the 200m last year in a spectacular fashion, he was determined to repeat the success, as well as do well in a few other events, being the fastest in his skool, throwing the furthest and jumping pretty high too.
It was a dodgy to begin with, although he won his heat easily, he got off to a bad start on the 100m final and couldn’t overtake the boy who was the winner, although he was right on his shoulder. The 200m was another question. With some coaching from his “Dad” he was fired up. “He’s not winning the next one. I am.”
And he did. By miles. He flew round.
A new event this year, the 800m. In the heat of the day, we thought it was going to be tough on the kids to do 2 laps of the track. He wasn’t going to enter, but when he saw all the other kids lining up he decided to give it a go. “Do NOT head out in front“, I told him. “The front man for the first lap very rarely wins this one. You must sit back a bit and wait for me to shout to you when you do the first lap, to start moving up. Do not sprint out on this one, you won’t make it.”
He did well for the first lap, sat back, in 3rd, moved up to 2nd as he crossed the line…. “Stay behind the front man! Stay behind him!“…. he did, for a bit and then on the back straight started speeding up, flying past the front runner.
“Too soon, he’s gone too soon!“, said his mum, as his arch rival from the 100m started closing on him…. “Run! He’s coming! Run! Keep going!”
Shouldn’t have worried, it was easy. The 800m was in the bag as well, he was miles ahead.
So, a good haul for him this year, which was good. He’s not all that academic, so a little bit of us wanted him to stand out for a change. 1st in the 200m, the 800m, 2nd in the 100m and the shot put, 3rd in the discus and 4th in the high jump. It gave his confidence a real boost, which is what we hoped for. Now he gets to pick one for the Olympics in 2012….
Next up for the spotlight, is Holly, in the school talent show. It’s time for her to shine on her own too. I couldn’t let her sing along to a CD or mime like the other kids, so I’m playing the guitar for her. She has to show what a great little singer she is, instead of being stuck at the back all the time. We’ve been rehearsing for the last couple of weeks and I think she’s got it nailed. Fingers crossed….