Osoyoos Secondary School students enjoy Storm the Wall relay race

By on June 18, 2014
Christen Rausch runs ashore while Angel Thomas catches her breath after completing the swimming portion of the Storm the Wall relay. (Richard McGuire photo)

Christen Rausch runs ashore while Angel Thomas catches her breath after completing the swimming portion of the Storm the Wall relay. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students from Osoyoos Secondary School (OSS) were challenged last week with the second annual Storm the Wall relay race.

On a warm and sunny Wednesday, June 11, students started at Legion Beach with a vigorous swim that left some gasping for breath when they came ashore. They then tagged sprinters, who tagged cyclists, then runners.

For the finale, the entire team had to scale a 10-foot wall in the schoolyard. Students provided their teammates with a leg up, boosting them up the wall while others extended an arm from the top.

Several students and one teacher, Peter Gajda, ran an Ironman version, completing the entire course.

The event last year replaced the annual track and field day. It is intended as a team-building activity as well as to promote fitness, said organizer and teacher John Seminoff.

Students Shelby Schroeter, and Christine Gehringer and teacher Peter Gajda plunge into the water to swim at the start of the Ironman version of Storm the Wall. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students Shelby Schroeter, and Christine Gehringer and teacher Peter Gajda plunge into the water to swim at the start of the Ironman version of Storm the Wall. (Richard McGuire photo)

Teacher Peter Gajda recovers from a vigorous swim during the Ironman version of Storm the Wall. (Richard McGuire photo)

Teacher Peter Gajda recovers from a vigorous swim during the Ironman version of Storm the Wall. (Richard McGuire photo)

Tyler Nobel catches his breath after a vigorous swim in the OSS Storm the Wall event. (Richard McGuire photo)

Tyler Nobel catches his breath after a vigorous swim in the OSS Storm the Wall event. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students Jason Lynch, Jaedan Holz, Cole Rezka and Antonio Mora plunge into the lake to begin the swimming portion of a relay that ends with scaling a wall. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students Jason Lynch, Jaedan Holz, Cole Rezka and Antonio Mora plunge into the lake to begin the swimming portion of a relay that ends with scaling a wall. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students Jason Lynch, Jaedan Holz and Cole Rezka emerge from the water after completing the swimming portion of the Storm the Wall relay. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students Jason Lynch, Jaedan Holz and Cole Rezka emerge from the water after completing the swimming portion of the Storm the Wall relay. (Richard McGuire photo)

Antonio Mora runs ashore after completing his swim while volunteer Bob Sherwood stands by in a kayak. Mora was competing in Osoyoos Secondary School's Storm the Wall relay. (Richard McGuire photo)

Antonio Mora runs ashore after completing his swim while volunteer Bob Sherwood stands by in a kayak. Mora was competing in Osoyoos Secondary School’s Storm the Wall relay. (Richard McGuire photo)

Janessa Silva, Angel Thomas, Christen Rausch and Johanne Jeffries run into the water to complete the swimming portion of the Storm the Wall relay at OSS. (Richard McGuire photo)

Janessa Silva, Angel Thomas, Christen Rausch and Johanne Jeffries run into the water to complete the swimming portion of the Storm the Wall relay at OSS. (Richard McGuire photo)

Angel Thomas and Johanne Jeffries kick up some water as they run in to do the swimming portion of the Storm the Wall relay. (Richard McGuire photo)

Angel Thomas and Johanne Jeffries kick up some water as they run in to do the swimming portion of the Storm the Wall relay. (Richard McGuire photo)

Johanne Jeffries catches her breath after completing her swim. (Richard McGuire photo)

Johanne Jeffries catches her breath after completing her swim. (Richard McGuire photo)

Two teams storm the wall at the conclusion of Osoyoos Secondary School's Storm the Wall event. (Richard McGuire photo)

Two teams storm the wall at the conclusion of Osoyoos Secondary School’s Storm the Wall event. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Final run

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Two girls pause to catch their breath after storming the wall. (Richard McGuire photo)

Two girls pause to catch their breath after storming the wall. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

A team runs towards the wall in the Storm the Wall event. (Richard McGuire photo)

A team runs towards the wall in the Storm the Wall event. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

A girl captures a photo of her teammates storming the wall. (Richard McGuire photo)

A girl captures a photo of her teammates storming the wall. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

Students above and below the wall helped their teammates complete the climb. (Richard McGuire photo)

 

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