J. R. SHRIDHARAN
Sports plays an important role in the lives of people, was the message that came through.
The 30th National Montfort Sports and Games hosted by St. John’s Higher Secondary School at Gannavaram near Vijayawada had about 900 students from different parts of the country participating. The highlight of the meet was the cultural programmes staged by the students of the host school, both during the opening and closing ceremonies.
The month-long rehearsals paid off as students staged group dances of various genres.
Wings of inspiration
The mascot – the butterfly - was aesthetically presented and the lighting of the torch at the cauldron evoked good response as a butterfly literally flew to ignite the fire. The motto of the games – together, stronger, higher - was vividly displayed as the students competed against each other in the true spirit of the games.
The closing ceremony witnessed the students using bright umbrellas and makeshift golden wings swirling to the drumbeats in the rhythmic manner.
Commissioner of Police K.V. Rajendranath Reddy, attended the opening ceremony. “The show put up by the students was fantastic,” he acknowledged.
Mr. Reddy exhorted the students to take up sports and games earnestly as he spoke about the exploits of ace shooter Abhinav Bindra.
“He is a shining example of the importance of hard work and youngsters should emulate him.”
Domestic discords were on the risedue to misunderstanding among the people involved, he pointed out, adding:
“If sports and games are taught in formative years, one can learn the art of sharing and understand the views of others. Sport teaches the art of relishing both victory and defeat with equanimity.”