Jump and wave day
ALL WE DO is win!
The refrain of jubilant Springer Memorial School students yesterday as the school prepared to hoist another champions trophy.
With hands up – and they did stay there – the students continued to be the best, brightest and loudest in the National Stadium on the final day of the Barbados Secondary School Athletic Championships (BSSAC).
The cheering section shook the Jim Wedderburn Stand, providing tough competition for other top contenders, including eventual boys’ champions Queen’s College, The Lester Vaughan School and Harrison College, also sharing the stand.
Empty PET bottles beat rhythmically against rafters and conch shells blasted from the stands as the musical accompaniment for chants like “We Got Levi [Cadogan] and We Ain’t Looking Back”, remixes to pop hits, interspersed with staples like “Everywhere We Go”.
But despite the Government Hill, St Michael school’s valiant efforts, the teen spirit which usually permeated BSSAC was not evident this year.
Gone were the elaborate, ornately coloured hairstyles and rainbow-hued socks.
Just after three in the afternoon, however, the usual tension surrounding the final round of relays kept those in attendance riveted.
And with every false start and every injury, hearts dropped and discussions flared. But with every victory and every record smashed, parents, old scholars and well-wishers erupted in squeals of excitement.
There were no major incidents reported to police, and security personnel ensured that students were up to code in order to enter the premises. (LW)