Schools' waterfight off sports day calendar

20:27, Feb 20 2013
Tom Laidlaw, 17, relaxes during Southland Boys' High School athletics.
Students, from left, Jake Howe, Lachlan Wood and Sam de Vries compete in the over 16 years race.
Student Lachlan Wood in his racie lace outfit that helped him win his heat of the over 16 years race.
Josh Officer and Kaelib Hamill-Smith, both 14, take a break during Southland Boys' High School athletics.
Aidan Roe, 14, competes in high jump.
Brayden McStay and Shaun Henderson in their house costumes.
Benji Slee, 13, and Flynn Thomas, 14, participate in the Southland Boys' High School athletics yesterday.
Elejah Russell and Hunter Te Awhe, both 14, show off their house colours at Southland Boys' High School athletics.

Southland Boys' High School's athletics day went ahead yesterday without the traditional waterfight after a serious injury to a pupil last year.

In 2012, Southland Boys' High School prefect Peter Ngatai was injured in the sports day waterfight against Southland Girls' High School prefects at Surrey Park in Invercargill.

His left eyeball was removed after he was hit by a water balloon fired from a slingshot.

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NOT ALL FUN AND GAMES: The traditional waterfight is unlikely to return to the sports day any time soon after last years debacle.

His right eye was also damaged.

Southland Boys' High principal Ian Baldwin said pupils had been warned not to participate in the traditional waterfight yesterday, and confirmed it was because of the injury last year.

Physical education and health teacher Sander Meijer said yesterday's sports day had turned out well. All the pupils had got into the spirit of the event, either by dressing up or competing in earnest. The fine weather had also helped, he said.

James Hargest College also held its athletics day yesterday.

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