‘The Greatest’ Muhammad Ali once said “Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up”. Well, unfortunately we can’t allow that to happen in Lakeside Stadium because your schools and parents might have something to say about it and I don’t think Lakeside has approval as a venue from the Combat Sports Board. Nope. Last time I checked Lakeside were strictly in the athletics and soccer industry. But that doesn’t mean athletics isn’t tough like Ali. It’s tough. But not as tough as you guys.
Do you know how we know that!? It’s because we’ve seen photos of you all smashing it during training. It’s because we’ve heard of super-fast times being recorded on the track. It’s because we’ve witnessed crazy-long distances being thrown and jumped on the field…and it’s because we know this years Victorian All Schools Knockout Championships is going to be all time!
To be frank, there’s just something special about this event.
The uniqueness of the Knockout scoring system means every school is always in with a chance to take out the entire competition. Whether you’re the Usain Bolt of your class, or the Nick Pearce (challenged me to a 100m sprint with a 20m head start – and still lost – zing – go me) of your class, you’re never out of the fight! Every inch matters.
Did you know that Athletics will always be single!? It’s sad to think but it’s the truth. Athletics will never have the chance to go on a date. It’s destined for individualism…and as a solo athlete – it can get really lonely out on Lakeside Stadium. But that’s where we come in. You see, we want everyone to feel as if they’re a part of something special.
I’m not a doctor but I’m pretty sure Lleyton Hewitt would give his Wimbledon trophy back to have a dozen more Davis Cup titles. I mean ‘come onnnnnnnnnn’ the man lived and breathed for his country. Australia was his team, and he would break both his arms and legs, to get himself to a disguised drop-shot from Novak Djokovic, if it meant there was a chance of victory.
We’re asking the same of you. Yep. Your first-aid teachers will have their hands full, but you know what!? I bet you’re all going to be smiling. Because deep down you know you gave it your all and knocked out a school with your power, speed and grace on the track and in the field.
So remember this, when you walk into Lakeside Stadium for the Victorian All Schools Knockout Championships, although you may be entering an event as an individual, you’re representing something much much bigger…your school.
Give em’ hell.