OSS Storm the Wall to include other local schools

By on June 4, 2014
Students complete a relay race by scaling a 10-foot wall in the Storm the Wall event at Osoyoos Secondary School as shown in this photo from last year. This year is the second that the school has held the event in place of its track and field day. Team building is an important component of the activity in addition to physical fitness. The event is based on one held at University of British Columbia for more than 30 years. (Richard McGuire file photo)

Students complete a relay race by scaling a 10-foot wall in the Storm the Wall event at Osoyoos Secondary School as shown in this photo from last year. This year is the second that the school has held the event in place of its track and field day. Team building is an important component of the activity in addition to physical fitness. The event is based on one held at University of British Columbia for more than 30 years. (Richard McGuire file photo)

For the second year in a row, students at Osoyoos Secondary School (OSS) will be participating in relay races that finish with a climb up a 10-foot wall.

This year, however, for the first time they will be joined by teams of students from Osoyoos Elementary School (OSE) and South Okanagan Secondary School (SOSS) from Oliver.

Storm the Wall is an event intended not only to engage students in physical fitness, but also for team building, said John Seminoff, the teacher organizing it.

The event starts at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11 and runs until 2:45 p.m. as successive waves of students undertake the challenging course.

It starts with a 100-metre swim at Safari Beach and then swimmers tag a sprinter. Sprinters run 300 metres and then tag a cyclist.

After a three-kilometre cycle course, the cyclist tags a runner, who runs one kilometre.

In the final stage, the entire team must scale the wall and finally cross a finish line.

This year students from Grades 6 and 7 at OSE will compete on at least six teams starting in the morning, Seminoff said. There will also be a few individuals doing an Ironman version of the course.

SOSS is also expected to send about 10 teams, Seminoff said, noting that participation from OSS is likely to increase this year to at least 30 teams.

“Last year’s event was a great success and we’re just trying to build on it and always are looking for bigger and better things,” he said.

In years to come, Seminoff hopes Storm the Wall will expand to include other schools from the school district.

The Storm the Wall event has replaced the school’s annual track and field day and is inspired by a similar event at University of British Columbia (UBC), which has been run for more than 30 years.

Along with the relay, there will be other events at the school, including a repeat of last year’s water slide. Students ran and slid on a slippery surface covered with soapy water – cooling off under the hot sun.

There will also be outdoor volleyball, softball, Frisbees and footballs, as well as a barbecue.

“The general public is more than welcome to come down and watch it and see how the kids get over the wall,” said Seminoff. “There are spaces for them to sit and watch and cheer the teams on.”

This year for insurance reasons the school is using an engineered permanent wall. The wall is 24 feet wide by 10 feet high. The school is selling sponsorships to businesses wishing to place their logos on the wall, Seminoff said.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

 

 

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