Saturday saw Queen’s take part in one of their favourite activities of the Summer, as we welcomed the ORA Olympics for the third time this year. This is to be the last olympics, so everyone was keen to get the third win under their belts.
As students woke to wet weather, there were a few grumbles as the group were disappointed with the British rain. However, after some encouragement from the counsellors, spirits were raised, and the group set off with raincoats and brollies in tow.
The cohort headed to the Iffley road track, which is notable for a famous sporting legend, Sir Roger Bannister. In 1954, he ran the first four minute mile at this track. The students certainly had big shoes to fill, and as they warmed up, there was a few nerves. These nerves were soon dispelled as the group fired around and the running races were definitely popular.
On a very windy day, there was some extensive warming up and team talks going on while music blasted to pump the students up. The Queen’s lot even did the ‘Haka’ to ‘We Will Rock You’ in order to intimidate their opponents. The events were: 100m, 400m, 800m, Welly Wanging, Tug of War and Relay Race. On the whole, Balliol dominated the running races, Queen’s were very good at the Welly Wanging and St Catz dominated the Tug of War despite being fewer in number!
After such an active day, the evening was a more relaxed affair with students taking free time to do some homework and chill out. Then it was off to bed to get rested before the excitement of the Great Debate on Sunday.