WALTHAMSTOW SCHOOLS' SPORTS JUNE 24th, 1948
The School won by fourteen points from their old rivals William Morris, mainly due to some excellent baton changing in the relays, which concluded a long programme. We won three out of four relays, and these wins changed a deficit in points to a clear majority. Had the competition been run on the same lines as in previous years we should probably have won by a wider margin. This year instead of two cups being awarded for separate groups they were assigned to the first and second in the whole competition. The cup won by the School was the "Rego Trophy."
Running a very fine race B. Eagle won the 14-15 years 880 yards in 2 mins. 22 secs. He waited until the final bend before he sprinted home to win by a handsome margin.
The 100 yards was run down rather a big slope and therefore the times were good. Boys who excelled themselves in this event were F.C. Smith in the 14-15 group and Ralph Thackway in the fourth year group.
With the object of stimulating interest in field events Mr. Ninnim was asked by the organising committee to take a team of boys from School to give a demonstration. The technique of putting the shot, throwing the javelin and throwing the discus was very aptly demonstrated by the team. A lot of special training had been put in by the boys, and the aim of the display was to help other schools in the district should these events be included in future Walthamstow Schools' Sports.
When the prizes were given out, Max Ward handed to Miss D. Wrigley, the Mayor of Walthamstow, who presented them, a small present from the School.
The individual prizes were in the form of medals.
100 yards, 14-15: F.C. Smith.
100 yards, 4th year: R.C. Thackway,
880 yards, 14-15: B.A. Eagle. 2 min. 22 secs.
75 yards hurdles, 14-15: C.D. Risby. 12 secs.
Long jump, 13-14: B. Horder. 14ft. 6in.
High jump, 14-15: N.S. Davis. 5ft.
Relay, under 13.
Sports Day is the outcome of arduous preparation throughout the year. All boys are trained in all the events, this being a special feature to encourage the weaker boy to participate actively.
One thousand eight hundred and twenty competitor entries passed through the preliminary heats, and this had the effect of spreading the interest throughout the athletic season.
The pole vault was an innovation which had appeared in the 1939 programme, but which was postponed because of the War. The poster competition for the sports brought forth much work of outstanding merit, and the winners of the competition were: Seniors, Ind; Juniors, Rippin.
As the last events ran their course, spectators closed in on the table where the cups were displayed. The Mayoress, Mrs. Crosier (whose son, an Old Monovian, was killed on active flying service) distributed the prizes.
After the prize distribution, officials and helpers adjourned to the dining hall for refreshments, which were in the hands of Mrs. Ninnim.
In the evening Mr. Ninnim sponsored a very successful Old Time dance in the School Hall, and the Swimming Pool Fund gained to the extent of over nine pounds.