Seventy-five percent of our planet is water – can you swim?
To make sure that students at NIS can confidently answer that question, the school held two of its most important swimming competitions at the Shorouk campus’s heated indoor pool.
The first swimming competition was held between the National, American and British Schools from all three campuses. Over 250 students participated in the competition. On the day of the event, all participants arrived at 9 a.m. with their game faces on and ready to warm up. Students stood in lines holding placards identifying their campus and division. The event began with an opening ceremony where each group, with their trainer in the lead, marched around the pool.
Swimmers were grouped into three sectors according to age; elementary and middle schoolers swam 25 meters, while high schoolers swam 50 meters. The swim was unified for all participating swimmers; a front crawl. This competition was the first to include all three campuses, schools, and divisions at the same time.
According to eleventh grader, Mourad Sherif, being part of such an event was a “great experience” as it was a chance to meet other amazing athletes who attended the same school. Participants made new friends as they worked on mastering their skills.
Aquathlon, the second event, is a multi-sport competition which includes running, swimming, and then running again. According to international standards, distance given for the Aquathlon are a 2.5 kilometers run, one kilometer swim, and another 2.5 kilometers run.
The winning participants and teams were recognized by Dr. Nermien Ismail, the CEO of NIS, and awarded with medals and trophies.
These competitions not only encourage students to work hard and showcase their skills, but also brings the NIS community together.