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ironsofcanada 4:46 Mon Jul 29
Sports you played/tried as a kid or in school
I mean competitively and how good were you honestly?

Offshoot from the hobbies thread.

Football
Canadian Football
Basketball
Volleyball
Baseball
Hockey
Field events in track and field
very little of lacrosse
a quick second of rodeo
tried BMX/motocross/skateboarding

Played volleyball and basketball at the highest level, I guess Canadian football but our school did not take it seriously. Never made it out of high school with any of them. Might have in basketball if I was 6 inches taller, (for my playing style)

You lot?

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ironsofcanada 6:09 Wed Jul 31
Re: Sports you played/tried as a kid or in school
Hammer in Canada 5:46 Wed Jul 31

Interesting. My sister lives close to Neepawa and so kind of close to the McNabb Valley track on the highway at Minnedosa.

Her in-laws are into it (along with paintball and homemade wine, often together) so I have been a couple times. But honestly don't know how old that track would be.

Hammer in Canada 5:46 Wed Jul 31
Re: Sports you played/tried as a kid or in school
Hi Irons,

I lived in Manitoba, very close to Winnipeg, from 1999-2004 so raced there at several different tracks, although my favourite was Grunthal !

Been back in the UK now since then and way too old to race now 😄

Razzle 4:24 Wed Jul 31
Re: Sports you played/tried as a kid or in school
Amongst the standard UK comp sports, i did a bit of Pole Vault

VirginiaHam 3:32 Wed Jul 31
Re: Sports you played/tried as a kid or in school
Went to Kingston Grammar School. I got my house colours at cricket, hockey and cross country running.

Had trials in goal with Kingstonian FC but chose cricket instead.

My favourite school cricket story is that the school never considered me good enough to play for the first XI. I left after 'O' levels and went to Kingston College. That first summer, after a trial with Surrey I went back to my old school with Surrey YCs and scored 164. Took 4 wickets too.

ironsofcanada 2:55 Wed Jul 31
Re: Sports you played/tried as a kid or in school
Hammer in Canada 2:37 Wed Jul 31

Motocross was huge in rural Alberta when I was a kid. And I tried it as I said but was awful.

Where did you race in Canada?

(By the way, the gaps between your posts show amazing self-restraint)

Mike the Hammer 2:50 Wed Jul 31
Re: Sports you played/tried as a kid or in school
Just football to any competitive standard.
Played for the junior school team and then went to a grammar school and played for them a few times.
Also played footbal for the cubs and then the scout teams. Won a few trophies/medals from 6-a-side through to league champions. Played for and captained the district team a few times too.

Hammer in Canada 2:37 Wed Jul 31
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I had a go at pretty much every sport when I was young, playing Football, Rugby and Hockey for the school, Cricket for a local club (Trojans) and raced Motocross from the age of 8.

By the time I was 15 I really only focused on Football and Motocross. I managed to reach Wessex League level football (Christchurch) and played until I was late 30’s at a lower level until injuries and age caught up with me.
Motocross I raced in the UK, making expert but not top-40 Championship, and finally hung up my helmet in 2000 back when I was living in Canada.

Now I’m just old, and older I get the better I was ☺️

ironsofcanada 1:04 Wed Jul 31
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Lee Trundle 11:39 Wed Jul 31

Ha. It was called "social dance" in ours and I think the teachers hated it as much as the students so it only came off once a semester or so. It was also a hassle because you had to bring the girls and boys PE classes together.

New Jersey 11:56 Wed Jul 31
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Played right back for the school football team and we won the county championship, played the South Yorkshire winners next round who we narrowly lost to. They had an England international youth player, l tried to kick him but far too quick and clever for the likes of me!

Lee Trundle 11:39 Wed Jul 31
Re: Sports you played/tried as a kid or in school
We had to do COUNTRY DANCING* in my first school.

What a load of shit that was.



*Google reckons dancing is a sport. I'd disagree.

White Pony 11:27 Wed Jul 31
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I was good at athletics, namely 100m/200m, hurdles, long jump and discus.

I was shit at everything else, especially football.

Rugby wasn't even an option.

Chigwell 11:23 Wed Jul 31
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Gaffer 58: as a schoolboy I played against Graeme Souness when he was at Tottenham youth. Even when he was 16 his name was well known.
But as for weird sports, I was not bad at Fives (Rugby Fives, to give it its full name).

Gaffer58 9:49 Tue Jul 30
Re: Sports you played/tried as a kid or in school
I was talking to Graeme Souness and told him I could have been a professional footballer too, but I had a paper round.

Grumpster 4:26 Tue Jul 30
Re: Sports you played/tried as a kid or in school
I used to swim and run (distance running) for Essex.

Fucked them both off once I got into away games.

Was running 5k in 16 mins aged 15 and imagine it would take me over 30 mins now 30 years later.

Good swimmer, but never dedicated enough to go any further, as you need to give up your life for that sport and the mega early starts before school needed to improve.

only1billybonds 4:15 Tue Jul 30
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I went to school in Stepney in the early/mid 70's. Among the sports we were encouraged to participate in were Hockey and Javelin throwing. Who the fuck decided it was a good idea to arm a bunch of working class boys such weaponary? Absolute madness over Fairlop at times.

joe royal 3:39 Tue Jul 30
Re: Sports you played/tried as a kid or in school
I was very tall but useless at basketball,.

ray winstone 2:02 Tue Jul 30
Re: Sports you played/tried as a kid or in school
Played all sports for my school, captain of the football team and fastest sprinter but when it came to the district sports there always seemed to be some dude who left me for dead. Mind you, I only had a pair of shitty Green Flash Dunlop trainers whilst the aforementioned dude had a nice pair of sparkly Adidas spikes.

Hugh Jampton 1:55 Tue Jul 30
Re: Sports you played/tried as a kid or in school
Football (school team - goalie for 2 years)
Rugby (school team - second row)
Cricket (school team - pace bowler and batsman)
Athletics (school team - 100m and 200m)
Basketball (I was crap but tall)

It all fell apart when I started getting served in pubs.

gph 1:55 Tue Jul 30
Re: Sports you played/tried as a kid or in school
Ok, I haven't checked the 8 years since I was last back there. My guess is that what I said is still true, but I might be wrong.

ironsofcanada 1:44 Tue Jul 30
Re: Sports you played/tried as a kid or in school
With the amount of WHO basketball players, we should have a pickup game sometime.

tanman 11:47 Tue Jul 30
Re: Sports you played/tried as a kid or in school
At the Oasis Moreque Hotel on holiday in Tenerife in 1993 when I was 16 I won the adult table tennis tournament and the Pool tournament both on the same day. On the same holiday I also saved someone's life by dragging them out of the sea off the coast so I must have peaked for some reason around then.
Represented my school at football, cricket and lots of running events without ever being top class but pretty competitive.

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