Almost 200 children took part in Triple C School’s annual Sports Day on Feb. 9.

The event is a school tradition going back four generations, in which the school’s three houses, Kings, Saints and Angels, compete for bragging rights and prizes.

“The No. 1 thing is character,” said Mable Richardson, principal. “We always say to the students, ‘you’re in it to win it,’ but at the same time good sportsmanship, good behavior, and learning how to win is important.

“It develops everything you need to be a team player, especially in a job and in a family.”

The 190 students from grades 1 through 5 competed in events including 50, 100, and 200 meter races, as well as the classic three-legged race.

It was organized by physical education teachers Sydonie Pearson, Junior Welcome and Justin White.

Hyacinth Rose, board member, said the children learn even when they are not competing.

“It’s also for the children who are observing,” she said. “They cheer their team on and feel a part of something that’s bigger than themselves. So when one person wins, it’s the team that wins.”

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