by Tara Hebbar

This year’s MYP Sports Day was held at Somaiya Grounds, and the races were competitive. We started at 7:45, with the national anthem and diya lighting ceremony. The students then went to the track, while the parents observed from outside. 

The students got together in their teams and went over the final details and the order one final time. We were also given pom-poms and headbands to show our team spirit. The whole MYP (grades 6 – 10) were participating in 4 different teams; red, blue, yellow and green. 

The first event was the girls 200m run (for the 6th and 7th graders). Everyone who wasn’t participating was cheering their teammates on. The girls with the fastest times went on to the final race. The winners of the final event were; 1st place: Prisha Jani (7th grade – yellow team), 2nd place: Ayanna Puri (7th grade – green team) and 3rd Ishita Ambekar (7th grade – yellow team). 

After this, was the boys 200m run (for the 6th and 7th graders). Everyone was standing around the tracks with pom-poms or just screaming for their teammates to qualify for the final race. Once again, the boys who had the fastest timing went on to the final race. The winners for this event were, Siddharth Piramal in 1st place (7th grade – Yellow team), Trivik Hariharan in 2nd place (7th grade – Green team), and finally, Veer Gondal in 3rd place  (6th grade – Blue team).

The next event was girls 400m (for the 8th, 9th and 10th graders). The teams were cheering loudly for their teammates and congratulating them after they finished the round. The winners for this race were; in 1st place, Tara Hebbar (8th grade – Green team), followed by Arya Rappaport in 2nd place (6th grade – Red team), and lastly, Diya Barmecha (8th grade – Yellow team).  

The last race was the boys 400m (For the 8th, 9th and 10th graders). The boys who won in the final race were in 1st place, Arnav Gorantala (8th grade – Yellow team), coming in second was Om Valia (9th Grade – Yellow team) and last but not least, coming in third was Joel Maglas (10th Grade – Red team). 

Following these events was the awards ceremony and the above winners were given gold, silver or bronze respectively. After this all the team sports took place, 3 sports took place at once, throwball, basketball and football. First Red and Green competed with their respective teams in each sport with Red gaining victory in all 3, hence moving on to the finals. Next teams Blue and Yellow competed in all 3 sports, with blue coming out victorious in throwball and football and yellow in basketball. Then were the finals, the audience was wild with excitement but not more than the players themselves. In football it was Red vs Blue and the winner was the Blue team. In basketball it was Yellow vs Red and the Yellow team won. And finally in throwball it was Red vs Blue and the red team won. 

After a short break, it was time for the relays. The first race was the girls (6th and 7th Grade) relay. Yellow team placed first with a smooth finish, placing second was team Red last but not least was the green team who placed 3rd! 

Next were the relays (7th and 6th grade), the blue team placed first again, green team placed second and the red team placed third! In the older boys relay (8th, 9th and 10th), the yellow team placed 1st, red team second and blue team third. 

After this, was Tug of War, first was the green team vs. the red team… and the Red team won! Next was the blue team vs. the yellow team. Blue won! The finals for tug of war was between the Red team and the Blue team – the blue team won! 

There was another awards ceremony for the later winners. Then the overall championship (house/colour) was announced. The winner was the Yellow team (to no-one’s surprise) with 65, followed by the red team with 42 points, and in 3rd place was the blue team with the 41 points.

Finally, after a long, tiring but fun day and some sports day gossip amongst teams, everyone went home! 

Tara is an 10th grader who loves to sing, read, play and watch cricket, basketball and tennis, play the guitar, listen to music, meet new people, and always learn. She is very passionate about the things she writes about, and does and is always up for a debate or casual conversation. Her main goal as a journalist for the Ascent is to inform and inspire people to change their ways for the better of the world.