And the winner is ….
While no official announcements were made for a winning country, it can be easily agreed that our Hale family had a fantastic Olympics last Friday evening.
After the Opening Ceremony where athletes marched, flames were lit (turned on) and the athletes recited the Hale Olympics Oath, each country was then asked to present their anthems. The Year 7 USA team led proudly with handheld to hearts, singing The Star-Spangled Banner. They were followed by the small yet brave Year 8 contingent from Brazil, and the bold and brassy rugby team from New Zealand who belted the anthem with gusto (as you would expect from a rugby team). A new rendition of Advance Australia Fair, where ponds and croaks were important aspects of being Australian, was sung very proudly by the Year 12s, while the Year 10s from Japan brought in a hidden translator (a sneaky but very impressive tactic). However, beneath the grilled helmets of the French fencing team were two small but powerful secret weapons … Alessandro and Emilee Morere who sang the French national anthem with incredible pride and whose cuteness certainly swayed the judging panel.
The games opened with a traditional egg and spoon race on the central track. The eggs survived all heats, but a rushed changeover in the final from New Zealand saw egg on the floor and a certain win to Australia. After dinner, athletes competed in the Back2Back Balloon Battle where again, New Zealand and Australia met in the final. As expected, there was much debate and an official protest was lodged against the seemingly biased Australian bobsled team who were officiating the event. The protest was evidently ignored and Australia yet again took the gold medal and trophy.
A stroll through the athletes’ village introduced us to some incredibly talented athletes and even a horse; yes, a horse. We met sumo wrestlers, breadstick-wielding French fencing team members and their coach, the New Zealand rugby team, a traditional Japanese supporter/trainer, morph-suited Australian bobsled team members, Brazilian triathletes (togs and all), USA track athletes, a USA frog, coaching staff and football officials. However, the winning athlete of the evening went to our Australian trap shooter with loaded nerf gun, Mrs Wheatley.
A big thank you to all of the families and Hale staff who could make the evening and for your incredible participation and enthusiasm for the evening’s events. Thank you also to everyone who made such an incredible effort to dress up and blow whistles when necessary. Recognition and gratitude must also be extended to the Kitchen staff and to Mrs Johns, Miss Rush, and the wonderful hospitality students who prepared and served throughout the evening. Finally, acknowledgement must be given to the Year 12 Hale Committee whose incredible enthusiasm, leadership, and sense of community brought a wonderful energy and joy to the evening - well done, girls! :-)
While there is no “Hymn to Liberty” being sung, I can officially say that these Hale Olympic Games are now over.
Mrs Kaye Broadfoot
Head of House - Hale
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