Tuesday, May 15
th, on Day 1 of the Kings-Hants District Championships, the weather story would have been that our faces were red from a burning sun, on Wednesday our faces were red from a cold north wind. Such is Nova Scotia weather. There is also a third reason why there were so many ruddy complexions: our students ran, threw and jumped with all their effort. One of the thoughts which sprung to mind several times over the last two days as I watched many different KES athletes compete was just how much they were trying, how much they were giving all they had to the last meter. (For a handful I did think – couldn’t they do this in practice?!) There is an inordinate amount of practice time that goes into a 100m sprint, and the ratio is even worse for a split second throw or jump. Better yet, if you do not perform well in that short moment of time, then you have no referee, no foul-committing player and no teammate to blame. With rare exception it’s all on you. This is one of the many reasons I love track and field – there is no excuse to hide behind (and not for a coach, either). I think the happy side of this brutality is that it brings the team together. I heard many rounds of cheering and saw plenty of support. Oh, and I also received compliments by others more than once that "I could only see a sea of KES students moving the hurdles and the high jump mats (heavy and large)”. That is the best of feedback.