‘Sports’- the word itself encourages and energizes us! Our School, VPM’s Vidya Mandir has always valued the role of sports in the progress of its students. Our physical fitness teachers Mr. Shirke, Mrs. Neha and all other teachers make sure that all the students are active in sports and in other extracurricular activities. Our school recently hosted its Annual Sports Meet 2017-18 with more than two hundred students participating in it. The event took place on the school ground on 30th November and 2nd December, 2017.
All the participating studentsand the teachers assembled on the school ground at 7:00 a.m.The students were very excited and eagerly waiting for the sports events to start. The Chief Guest for the event was Mr. Mhambrey, a football enthusiast and a champion in his college days and true lover of sports. Some of the other notables who attended the event with him were our Headmistress, Mrs. Tharval and our school committee member Mrs. Sonali Joshi.
The programme started with a welcome song. Then the honourable Chief Guest hoisted the Olympic flag and the National Anthem was sung. Thereupon, the teachers proudly announced the names of the students who had shown excellent performances in sports in interschool, district, state and national level championships. The sportsman’s oath was taken by Ms.Aditi Bane, who had represented the school in interschool Kho-Kho matches. This was followed by the ‘Lighting of the Torch’ ceremony.The torch was proudly carried all around the ground in the form of a relay by the athletes who had represented the school in variousevents. The Chief Guest gave an inspiring speech wherein he spoke about the dedication of stalwarts such as Sachin Tendulkar and Sakshi Malik.He called upon the participants to play in the true spirit of sportsmanship.
The first sports event, 50 metres running under-12 boys, was started off by the whistle blown by Mr. Mhambrey. On the first day of sports, i.e. on 30th November, 2017 only individual sports events such as 50m. running, 100 m. running, 200m. running, shot put, long jump etc. were conducted. On 2nd December, 2017, the second day of sports, group events, namely Langadi matches for V and VI and Kho-Kho matches for Std. VII to X, division wise, were held. This ensured maximum participation of students. Several others had come to cheer for their friends. The final rounds of these matches were immensely thrilling and the winners were able to claim the trophy after a nail-biting finish.
At the end of all the exciting events, awards, that is, medals for individual events and trophies for team events, were distributed to the winners. AHM, Tharval madam proclaimed that all the participants were winners as they had played a fair game. The Vote of thanks was given by Neha miss. The Sports Meet concluded with the lowering of the Olympic flag. Everyone had had a great time! The winners went home proudly and the others went with a resolve to do better next time.
These two days will remain in the minds of students forever..!!