Northern Isles schools sports day. Held on Stronsay this year.
Click here for the special Orkney Ferries timetable for Saturday 16 June 2018
WHAT ARE THE NORTH ISLES SPORTS?
Those who have moved here relatively recently or would simply like to know a bit more about the annual, community led event which is now in its 69th year, please read on..
Every summer, Stronsay, Sanday or Westray is the host island for a sociable (but often competitive) day of athletics and team sports. Orkney Ferries provide a special timetable on the day to allow travel between the isles, encouraging as many visitors as possible. Papa Westray, North Ronaldsay and Eday also take part.
Points are awarded to the school and adult sections, with a winning island for each as well as an overall winner. Two competitors from each island may take part in each event.
The day begins with a welcome, accompanied by soup and sandwiches, after which the sports begin. Later in the afternoon, tea is provided, prizes are presented and often, a sports dance is held to round off the day.
Athletics events are 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m, 4 x 100m relay, long jump, high jump and shot putt. In recent years there have been primary events too (not counting towards school points).
Netball and football follow, with the Men's Tug o' War as the final event of the day.
There are rules for eligibility to participate – you must either have lived on the island for which you are competing for the 3 months prior to the day, lived on the island for 10 years, or been registered on the island at birth.
Rules and routines are reviewed regularly by representatives from all the islands who come together for meetings – handicaps change according to school numbers for example. Ultimately, it is a tradition where sustainability is extremely important. As well as helpers on the island, Active Schools and volunteers from the mainland who do a lot of the organising and officiating must be mentioned. Anyone who would like to be involved in any way is invited to contact Anna Bliss-Davis as soon as possible, tel 616410 (daytime); 616317 (evening); Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on facebook.
Thank you. Mairi Dennison
(This article first appeared in the March 2018 edition of the Limpet)
There's a North Isles Sports Dance starting at 9pm, see seperate entry