Moulding the champions

Moulding the champions

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Moulding the champions

It was in 1968 that I joined  Clarence High School as  a physical training instructor (PTI) and athletic coach. At that time, the school had not achieved any success in the sports field.

I had experience as a PTI for over 15 years, prior to joining Clarence, and that gave me the determination to bring laurels to our school.

Working hard with the girls and the boys on the sports field brought real results. The physical training periods were held in the school field for class X from 8 am to 8.30 am and for classes IV to IX  from 9.30 am to 12 noon.

On some days, they had to  do exercises and on others, there were games. House games were held in the evenings from 4.30 to 6.30 pm on Assaye Fields. The Houses were called Barton, Red Wood and Theubald.

The first term was the hockey season during which boys and girls would turn out for practice. The second term had cricket and only senior and junior boys came for practice. The girls had basketball and throwball practice at school. The third term was for football for the senior and junior boys.

Our senior student basketball team won the Bangalore School Athletic Association Inter-School  Tournament in 1969 and again in 1970; the team was coached by our vice-principal P N Abraham.

When it came to athletics, I stepped in to coach the girls and the boys, especially in the track events. This led to victories and also in breaking records, both in the field and track events, at the school level, inter-school and State levels. The girls and boys were really committed to their task of hard work-outs with strenuous physical fitness, which built  their performance.

 Sports practice for all track and field events were held on Assaye Fields on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tug-of-war and cross-country practices were held on Thursdays

and selection of teams were made by the patron and House captain. A cross-country race was held on Saturday from Benson Town to the Clarence School campus. It was very exciting and enjoyable for the participants and spectators.

Among the outstanding athletes, Aruna Rudra was the fastest girl on the tracks in the State in 1969 and 1970. Promising youngsters in 1978 were Vinoo Koshy and Syed Bawker Jaffar in the Junior and Sub Junior Boys’ Division.

The greatest event in the history of Clarence High School was when for the first time, Clarence won the Overall Championship at the Bangalore School Athletic Meet in 1981. This was conducted by the Bangalore School Athletic Association at Kanteerava Stadium. This photograph was taken after the victory. Bawker Jaffar and Dexter Hendricks excelled in their races and the school also won the 4x200 metres relay.

The late AC Flack, principal of Clarence High School, was my mentor who encouraged me with his dynamic smile of inspiration to achieve success.  I was with Clarence till 1983.

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