Sports days are a highlight of any school’s calendar. The heat of anticipation for this exciting event is felt weeks prior; when teachers busily begin their preparations for all the programme items, participants training daily for the various athletic events and cheerleaders rehearsing tirelessly to put on a flawless performance for their respective teams.
This was certainly the case for R.E.A.L Schools, Shah Alam Campus when over 1000 students, 100 teachers and scores of parents descended upon Kompleks Sukan Negara Shah Alam on the evening of 12 March 2016 to celebrate the school’s annual Sports Day.
The eagerly-anticipated event kicked off with a march past from the four main sports houses; Red, Blue, Green and Yellow. The spirited and highly-organized march was followed by a welcome speech by Ms. Serena Chow, General Manager of R.E.A.L Schools, Shah Alam Campus, who officially opened the 18th edition of the school’s Sports Day with flourish and aplomb.
A traditional oath-taking by the students took place thereafter, which duly signaled the start of the event proper. Among the many thrilling events on show were the ‘tug-of-war’ and track and field favourites such as:
- 100 metres
- 200 metres
- 400 metres, and
- 4 x 100 metres relay
As a staple feature of any R.E.A.L Schools’ Sports Day, the cheerleading competition was arguably the main highlight of the event. In a closely-contested affair between the four teams, the Red House emerged as ‘Champion’ of the cheerleaders with an energetic and entertaining display of skill, smiles, spirit and synchronization that thoroughly impressed the judges and wowed the crowd.
Back to the sporting front, students were divided into five different classes based on age:
- Class 1 – ages 16 & 17
- Class 2 – age 15
- Class 3 – ages 13 & 14
- Class 4 – ages 11 & 12, and
- Class 5 – ages 9 & 10
As the dust settled on the various sports events and all the points were tabulated and verified, the Blue House came out trumps by clinching the much-coveted title of ‘Overall Champions’. As the victorious members celebrated with their challenge trophy, worthy mentions also go out to several outstanding individual performers, who bagged the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards for their respective classes. This year’s roll of honour includes:
Sportsman of the Year
- Class 1 – Ooi Yong Kai (Red House)
- Class 2 – Najmi Niery (Yellow House)
- Class 3 – Eugene Tan (Blue House)
- Class 4 – Kamalesh (Blue House)
- Class 5 – John Edwards (Blue House)
Sportswoman of the Year
- Class 1 – Amanda Mei (Blue House)
- Class 2 – Natalie Chen (Blue House)
- Class 3 – Bernice (Yellow House)
- Class 4 – Latisha (Red House)
- Class 5 – Rouviss (Red House)
As the event came to a close, the general feeling was that this year’s Sports Day instalment successfully achieved its objective of raising the self-esteem and confidence of young people by engaging them in fun and exciting sporting activities that go a long way in nurturing lifelong values. It is also a fine example of R.E.A.L Schools fostering keen interest and involvement in sports as well as promoting balanced education and the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle amongst students.