The day I won a prize

The day I won a prize

The prize day is the happiest day for us in our school life. We pass the day very happily. I was never a great athlete but I managed to win a prize once. It happened on a School Sports Day when I was asked to represent my house in the Long Jump. There were no other suitable ones, and I, being the tallest of my friends, was promptly sent to the Long Jump pit. The main gate was adorned with plantain trees, green leaves garlands, and flags. The hall was also nicely decorated with green leaves, flags. The hall was also nicely decorated with green leaves, flags, and chains of different kinds of colored paper.

My house-master reckoned I might have a chance to win. He was right. I did win, but the not first prize. I only managed second place, coming behind someone who was at least five centimeters shorter than me. Chief guest and my school teacher were very impressed to me.

We were each given three jumps. There were about ten of us competing for the prizes. When my turn came I ran down the lane as fast as I could and took off at the board. I thought I jumped very well but it was a foul jump. So I waited for my next jump.

I saw the other competitors leap like gazelles into the sand-pit. One particular boy, the eventual winner, was built like a tank. He was not tall, but his legs were muscular and strong. So when I saw him make his jump, I knew that no one else would be able to beat him. No one did. I managed my best jump of 3.65 meters and that was nowhere close to his best. The other competitors did much worse. I was very happy. This a very big and beautiful gift for me.

The prize-winners, one by one, marched up to the dais and received their prizes from the President in the midst of loud cheers.  I was delighted to collect my little plastic prize from the Headmaster. It was the first time I had ever won anything. My house-master patted me on my back. My parents also feel proud on that day as well as the teacher also feel proud of me. That was a very lucky day for me. I smiled happily as I went home to show the prize to my parents. Instead of reading, we enjoy it fully. The joy of the prize-winners is indeed very great.