Please see below Miss Kennedy’s final report from the last day of the World Games. A huge BRAVO to our St. Catherine’s team
Day Three saw the last day of competition: swimming! The St Cats team were up and ready, bright and early, with determination in their eyes. Swimming was a day they were all looking forward to, anxious to put in some fast times and make it to their finals. Although swimming is something enjoyed by the whole team, competition is somewhat foreign to a lot of them, so today was going to be a real test of their abilities!
The morning got off to a quick start, with the UAE schools showing their dominance in these events. The St Cats swimmers put on a good show, achieving some PBs and, for some of them, swimming in their first ever competitive race. The close of the morning session, saw Anna make her backstroke final, the only finalist from the St Catherine’s team! Anna had a fabulous swim, bettering her previous time and coming home 5th overall! Absolutely outstanding! The afternoon also saw our freestyle relay teams take to the pool, with the girls swimming well and the boys flying through their heat in third place… with no finals scheduled we are still waiting for the times to see where they were placed overall!
At the close of the swimming, all the teams returned back to the hotel for the closing ceremony with the trophy presentations and loads of fun! The team came 8th position in the swimming – this result meant finished in overall 6th place in the tournament -an absolutely brilliant effort from all of our athletes!
One of the most coveted awards was the ‘Spirit of the Games’ award – this was to be presented to the team who displayed the most sporting behaviour, showed excellent support for each other as well as the other teams and embodied the whole meaning of the games! As the winners were being described, our students were looking at one another in surprise, THEY WERE DESCRIBING ST CATHERINE’S! With over 40 travelling spectators, there was no doubt that the support for (and from) the team was going to be loud, but the support that the whole St Catherine’s team (parents included) showed towards other schools, making wonderful bonds with one another, was very special. The whole team took the stage to receive their award, and showed everyone just how much spirit St Catherine’s possess, dancing and singing to Ximeromata! – with the parents joining the team on stage for a Greek takeover with Zorba’s Sirtaki!
The World School Games has been a wonderful experience for students, staff and parents alike. The atmosphere has been incredible and the competition has been challenging and most definitely rewarding. The students have had such fantastic attitudes throughout, picking themselves up after days of tough competition to come back and compete again. It has definitely been an experience that none of us will forget!