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Interhouse Athletics

11 February 2020 | Sports

Jana Hein

This past week has seen the esteemed Windhoek High School Interhouse Athletics come to pass. As always, this occasion was filled with the expected thrills that come with a week of celebration and competition. The celebration being a result of the pride that Kudu-lovers share for the long-lasting traditions, and the competition being a reputable rivalry between the three houses: Wag-'n-Bietjie, Swarthaak and Kanniedood.

The Interhouse Athletics at Windhoek High School commenced way before the actual event. This is usually done in order to stir up spirit amongst learners. The week's festivities kicked off on 28 January with the first ever Tod Clashes. These are a series of hockey matches played between the houses. The criteria for entering into the Tod Clashes was that players must never have played hockey for WHS before, making it a thoroughly entertaining event. Kanniedood ended up as the victor between houses. A greatly anticipated match was one between the matrics and teachers of WHS. The teachers won with the scoreboard reading 1-2. This proves that experience just might trump youthful enthusiasm.

On the 29th, Windhoek High School held its WHS Op Wiele, followed by the annual Watermelon Festival at Vegkop. The next day saw the WHS learners marching through the streets of Windhoek which rocked the city centre with commotion. All this was done in order to support the runners for the exciting Stretcher Relay. After this learners returned to school for the Big Brag, followed by the Interhouse Swimming Gala. The cool water was a welcome relief to learners who were thrilled to swap their athletics gear for sunscreen and swimming costumes.

The actual athletics started shortly after the Swimming Gala on Friday, 31 January, which continued on the Saturday. The atmosphere was saturated with anticipation and the aroma of food being prepared by Grade 11 parents and teachers. Each house sang and cheered their teammates on while family members sat on the pavilion to experience the splendour of a Windhoek High School athletics day.

Although there was rivalry between the teams, one could still notice the unified bond between learners. Wag-'n-Bietjie was announced as the winner of the athletics week with Swarthaak coming in second and Kanniedood following suit. Swarthaak won prizes for Best Decor as well as Best Team Spirit. The 2020 Interhouse athletics was once again a splendid gathering of learners, teachers and parents. Windhoek High School and its traditions are unique and even though each team has its own colours, there is one colour which unites them all, and this is what makes the Blue School a school of excellence.

Prizes

Junior Victor

Emmanuel Zizuni (u15)

Junior Victrix

Alessandra Kaura (u15)

Senior Victor

Lee-orell Breytenbach u19

Senior Victrix

Jana Grové 9u16)

Best performance girls

Alessandra Kaura u15 (100m)

Best performance boys

Lee-orell Breytenbach u19 (discus)

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