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2014 Sports Day

It’s May 1st and every year “Sports Day” is celebrated on this day at public schools in South Korea. Due to the very unfortunate Sewol Ferry incident a few weeks ago, Sports Day at my elementary school was almost completely cancelled like the majority of other public schools. However, parents that would normally attend our Sports Day to cheer on their children were told to remain at home. Kind of strange I think, but I’ve noticed national mourning for a disaster lasts far much longer in South Korea than in the United States or Europe. I understand the choice of canceling events such as this for awhile, but I honestly feel the children needed this. Day by day since the tragic incident, students at my school had been battling some sort of cloud over their heads and I feel they finally broke through it. I feel they simply needed an entire day to just be kids, and Sports Day certainly managed to provide this with ease. It was great to see my students have a swell time outside under the warm sun and amid cool sea breezes playfully competing with their friends. Smiles, cheers, and laughter abounded.

Like every Sports Day over the last 4 years, my primary role has been that of a Sports Photographer. Below are several photos from the multitude that were taken. Enjoy!

Flying Over Hurdles

Flying Over Hurdles

Flying over hurdles - Photo 2

Flying over hurdles – Photo 2

Relay Race

Relay Race

Relay Race - Photo 2

Relay Race – Photo 2

The Finish Line

The Finish Line

Number 1

Number 1

Smile for the camera

Smile for the camera

Getting hot

Got to sunny for this kiddo

Color Ball game

Color Ball game

Flipboard game

Flipboard game

Badminton Champ

Badminton Champ

Badminton

Badminton

Tug-of-War

Tug-of-War

Tug-of-War

Tug-of-War

Tug-of-War

Tug-of-War

Go team. go!

Go team. go!

Final Score: TIE!  Amazing!

Final Score: TIE!
Amazing!

Hello, teacher.

Hello, teacher.

It was definitely a fun and successful Sports Day. Looking forward to next year.

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