with Buddy Meyer
WBOP Primary School Sport Director
“Sportmanship is behaviour and attitudes that show respect for the rules of a game and for the other players” Collins English Dictionary.
As term two comes to a close we are half way through the school year - it is great to reflect on the positive behaviour displayed by students at our recent sporting events. Two examples have been highlighted at the recent Western Bay of Plenty and the Bay of Plenty Cross Country Championships. These athletes deserve a special mention.
Reid Callaghan, a year 5 boy representing North Cluster at the WBOP Cross Country stopped to help a fellow competitor who had fallen and injured himself, effectively sacrificing his own race. Reid carried on once help arrived and according to spectators helped a few other competitors before reaching the finish, then casually lining up to have his result recorded without any fuss.
Kadence Gates and Raiha Cassidy from Kawerau South school were on hand to help a Maddi Greetham from St Thomas More school when she took a tumble at the BOP Cross Country champs. This has been talked about around the Bay…just goes to show good sportsmanship doesn’t go unnoticed! We are working to foster a positive school sporting environment with all of our school sport and love to celebrate these examples. If you have other examples to share please touch base via our Facebook page and we will share these as well.
Term Two is always a busy time for school sport. Our events held outside are always at the mercy of the weather. This year’s WBOP Rippa Rugby was held in some very wintery, wet and cold conditions. Thankfully, three rounds of play were managed for everyone and the feedback from the kids was although they were cold, they had a great day! Qualifying teams went through to the BOP championships. Congratulations to Te Akau Ki Papamoa year 5 and 6 team that won the tournament and will be going to Wellington to the national championship!
Term Three looks to be another busy time with rugby sevens, funky fun days, badminton, table tennis, T-ball, basketball and gymnastics to name a few! So many wonderful opportunities for all students to get involved and get active during the remaining winter months.
We are looking forward to more great sportsmanship from all involved in school sport for the second half of 2018! #leadthecheer