Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Sports Carnival at Atmiya Vidya Mandir

The Grand Winter Sports Carnival at Atmiya Vidya Mandir was a three day celebration encompassing all types of field and track events. There were over fourteen events planned and organized. An efficient team of eleven sports teachers and physical training instructors have been working ardently to identify and prepare the students to be elite athletes. The students had been given a rigorous practice to prepare well for all the athletic events. They were put to develop speed, stamina and sportsman spirit.

On the late afternoon of 3rd January 2012, the meet was given a flying start with the torch bearers – Aditya Patel the head boy of the school, Abhishek Patel the Sports Captain along with Bhavik Patel the Athlete of the year 2010-11. They carried the flame along with students from junior group, Aayush and Shrimed round the track and lighting the cauldron of Athletic meet. This was followed by a smart March Past by the students lined up with their respective house group. The esteemed presence of the chief guests Dr. Sushma Agrawal (Principal, Shardayatan School and Ex-Mayor-Surat), Mr. L.  N. Singh (Principal, P. P. Savani School), Er. Sudhir Mishra (Director, Vision IIT) and Shri Govindbhai Bhugani (Secretary, Yogi Divine Society-Surat) added an extra zest in the gathering.The meet was declared open by Dr Agrawal. Keeping in mind the spirit of a true sportsman spirit, Abhishek D Patel led the oath taking ceremony by all participants. The students cheered their house participants and spurred them to go beyond their best.There was an outstanding presentation of physical fitness through Surya Namaskar by the students of all the groups. Everyone including teachers and guests watched with abated breath as boys performed the brilliant and well co-ordinated yoga asanas. The four groups of Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram and Suhradam houses presented a stupendous show of human pyramid.

“Winning is not everything, but participation and will to win is everything” - with this punch line,combining thirteen different track and field events the participants, in quick succession, commenced their headlong assault over various competitions . They were tested on their endurance, strength and all-round ability of being a true athlete, securing points in each event for their best performance.

The Football ground reverberated with feverish enthusiasm as the tempo set in with the teachers and the students excitedly cheering the participants of various events, voicing the spirit of oneness among all, expecting their house at the top in ranking.

The field events like Shot Put, Discus Throw, High Jump and Long Jump evoked a lot of passion and fervor among the Atmiyans, with each contestant trying to outdo the other and secure the most priced medal as well contributing to add some points to their respective house. The intensity and the spirit of the competition could be judged from the excitement of all the house members cheering for their respective house contestants.

The Days of the Sports Mega events offered full of fun and frolic where the students were brimming with enthusiasm during all track events like Dash ranging from 100m to 3000m along with relay and novelty races. A very impressive and a spectacular event was the different hurdle races. The vaulting groups of boys from senior section were to run for 50, 100, 200 and 400 mt. races. Runners stride around the track, sometimes sprinting, other times pacing themselves, re-living the excitement, anticipation and glory filled with much zest and zeal.

The center of attraction was the Relay Races, a team with four decent sprinters of each house Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram and Suhradam ran to out-race a team with four better sprinters by beating the faster team in the exchange zones. These relay races were meant to test their coordination and swiftness among team members.

The medal distribution ceremony was held at regular intervals. The confidence and the beaming smile of the winners to the victory podium conveyed the message of many potential Olympians at AVM sports ground.

The student volunteers were ever active wearing orange and green T-shirts with all hues of gaiety and gusto to extend their helping hand in medical, refreshments or ferrying the things across the ground. Hats off to their humble efforts!!!! Right over the other end of the ground, a temporary infirmary was set up to offer a quick medical aid by Vijay Bhai and Shraddha Madam.

Right around the ground, from every nook and corner RakeshBhai and PujeetBhai and SarvajitBhai along with Priyavadan Sir were moving with their cameras all around to catch the ongoing fervor for digital memories. The camera captured every move that the participant made.

Nothing could fall beyond the purview of the ever alert powerful watch of Tarun Sir, Prabhumagna Sir, Bharat Sir, Anand Sir, Prerak Sir, Rashmi Mam, Deepika Madam and Sunita Madam who were at the starting and finishing lines of the racing track designated as Technical Expert, and Timekeepers.

The pulsating- jazzy music was well blend to the booming and shrieking of the students and teachers cheering the participants. Amazing tunes were played by HirenBhai and his group. The ongoing commentary by Kshitij Sir and Pushpak Sir was apt and appropriate.

The school Principal Vijay Sir along with Ashish Sir and Swayam Madam were extending much encouragement to the students through their esteemed presence in the ground. The house conveners of Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram and Suhradam houses were much more excited adding lots of excitement among the onlookers.

Finally, on 6th January 2012, this athletic meet concluded with prize distribution and declaration of the house positions. Once again Suhradam House turned out to be the leading house followed by Sundaram House at second position. The Athletic Meet was declared close by the Administrator of the school Mr. Haresh Patel . The closing ceremony concluded with conveying of Vote of Thanks by Head Boy of the school, Aditya Patel. The Sports Incharge Mr. Ramakar Dubey along with Ritesh Desai, Pradip Patel, Hemant Dubey, Kalpesh Desai, Ishwar Patel and Himanshu Parekh assured that justice ought to be administered and fairness is emphasized during all events. This is done by carefully specified rules, both to define the game and to provide for proper conduct within the game.

Hats off to the sports team of AVM and the students who participated with sportsman spirit!!!

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