THE START OF A HISTORICAL EVENT
26th of September was a very special day at Poljane Secondary School. For the first time in history, we hosted the Olympic Games of Poljane. At first we all went to school courtyard where Ana Samobor and Nik Žibret made an introductory speech. They said that the main point of the Olympic Games was to have fun and not be very competitive. After that we listened to Slovenian national anthem and a presentation of each country’s team followed. First there was France, Italian ‘’spaghetti’’, wild roman soldiers, Germany, ‘’140%’’ of Russians, Spain, Great Britain and the USA. Everyone made a very good impression with their look and accessories which were typical of their country. Musicians accompanied all this with music, typical of each country. The Headmaster of Poljane lit the Olympic fire, saying he was very happy to host the first Olympic Games of Poljane and was looking forward to hosting another ones. At the end he wished good luck to every country and the words ‘’Let the games begin!’’ announced the start of the first Olympic Games of Poljane.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN…
The Olympic Games of Poljane had their own special spirit and because of that, the disciplines were a bit different, a bit crazy and very fun too. There were five different disciplines: wrestling, running games, games that test different abilities and skills, a big jumping rope and ‘’snail wheels’’. Wrestling and running games were the first disciplines; wrestling took place in the small gym and running games in the bigger one. Two competitors had to run in a hop together and they had to get through different obstacles. The first pair of teams to compete were Russia and France. Russia won, even though one of the Russian girls lost her shoe when she was running. The second match was between Italy and classical competitors and Italy was better. This match was followed by the one between Great Britain and Germany. The winner was Great Britain. The last match was between the USA and Spain, and once again the English-speaking country won. The big jumping rope was really interesting to watch, competitors were really nervous because it seemed very hard to run under the spinning rope with a hop. Like in the running match, two teams at a time competed. The winners were the USA, Great Britain, Spain and Russia. After that the Olympic Games took place outside, at the school’s backyard. They competed in games that tested different skills. There were 3 parts: three students had to walk on one pair of skis together, then one student had to walk on stilts and at the end one student had to lead three balls of a different size at the same time, through the whole polygon. The winners were Germany, the USA, Great Britain and classical competitors. This part of the Olympic Games was the most interesting and very intense. The last game was called ‘’snail wheels’’. Each team had a bike and the main goal was to drive it through polygon very, very slowly. The slowest one won. There were two winners, Spain and the USA.
Then the games were over. We all wanted to know the winner of the first Olympic Games of Poljane. After ten minutes we all came to the school’s courtyard again. A teacher asked us to do Mexican wave and we did it about three times, it looked very cool. Then the host announced the winners of the whole Olympic Games of Poljane. The third was Spain, the second was the USA and the winner was Great Britain. They were all very surprised and happy about the victory.
The competitors were encouraged with a loud cheering from other ‘’citizens’’ of their countries throughout the whole games, and the games weren’t short of photographers, cameramen and journalists who were there to capture every moment.
It seemed that everybody had a great time and we all hope that maybe next year there will be another Olympic Games of Poljane.
Eva Herman and Maruša Smolnikar, 2.c