Riverview Prep School’s two houses were in high spirits as they marched onto the field behind their banners, shouting athletics war cries at the interhouse athletics on Friday.
The previous afternoon, the older pupils had the opportunity to compete in field events such as high jump, shot-put, and long jump, and despite warm sand and a blistering sun, performed well.
Friday’s programme consisted of various track items and saw many parents come to support the young athletes.
The sprints showed that there are a few potential track stars among the pupils. The playgroup, grade 00, and grade 0 kids also participated, although teachers and parents had to lend a helping hand or shout extra encouragement.
Parents also geared up for the moms’ and dads’ races. Some dressed in sports gear, while others shed their shoes for the event, all in the name of fun and school spirit. They returned to their seats with red faces, smiles and to hugs from their children.
The relays concluded the competition, with pupils excitedly encouraging their parents and teachers when the two groups faced each other in the last relay event.
The Hornbills were announced the winners and the tide of red-clothed pupils cheered as the team leaders were handed the trophy.
A few athletes showed great potential for the season ahead by bettering several records. Nick de Zwart set up a new record time for the 1200m and long jump boys u/10, while Libby Ralfe did the same in the 1200m and 100m for girls u/10.
Mark Kaeoaenchai broke the old record for 1500m boys u/13, and Namatai Dlamini for the same distance and age in the girls’ item.
Sophia Clarke was the record-breaker in the 100m Girls u/11, Kyle Dehrmann for shot-put boys u/13, and Gregor Thomson for shot-put boys u/10.
Families and community members will be able to see the best local athletes in action at Saturday’s competition at Laerskool Malelane, and are urged to support these budding stars.