Here’s some ideas based on my 6 years of experience of attending Swimming Sports both the good and bad…
1. Get into and push the spirit of the day!
This starts with the House Captains. They have to be sold out to winning and having fun, but all the same not taking it too seriously…make sure all your team members feel like they’re valuable and contributing to the day and you will find them willing to do anything for you…even an Individual Medley…This means rousing speeches to motivate your team, lots of encourgaement, make up some chants – maybe you would even consider having a cheerleading section for your team. This means decorating the pool with more decorations than the other teams, it could mean dressing up in a large animal suit of the colour of your team….whatever it takes!
2. Have a commentator
Get some of your gregarious Year 12’s or a funny teacher to commentate the day so that those sitting back under the trees and stuff can still know what’s happening. This also generates excitement and atmosphere.
3. Have a DJ
Fact: Nothing creates atmosphere like music. So gets some beats happening (even if it’s just someones Ipod with Ipod speakers) to have that Summer-by-the-pool vibe about the event. This is also a good feature for your non swimmers (and there’s also more non swimmers than actual swimmers so be nice to them!)
4. Use imagination when designing Events
Make the day memorable. For example our House Captains utilized a giant “pool monster” for the traditional ‘Captains Race’ which the kids could then use in the free swim. My Dad speaks fondly of his Swimming Sports where they had mostly novelty events such as a watermelon being thrown into the pool where you had to try and get it (but it’d be slippery and heavy so it would be a real team effort). The high school has mostly novelty events such as the clothes relay where you dress your member in clothes they then have to swim to the other side and exchange their clothes with the next person (obviously not ALL of their clothes!). This makes swimming sports much more accessible for those non swimmers, and, dare I say, more interesting.
5. FOOD! Have a BBQ or a Cake Stall or both
School Athletic events are the perfect opportunities for the SRC or a social justice group to make money from hungry competitors who even better have parents around to give them cash. Design a roster, make sure you advertise and get numbers so you dont cook too many sausages. Also gives non swimmers something to do!
6. Bring a Guitar
This works trust me, it will get passed around more than a newborn baby.
IF YOU TOO HAVE BEEN PART OF SCHOOL SWIMMING SPORTS PLEASE OFFER YOUR COMMENTS/ADVICE/TIPS BELOW!