Sunday, 10 September 2017
Have you ever had a nerve racking, breath taking moment in your life? Memories can remind us of lessons that we have learned along the way.
Here are two more of my nerve racking, breathtaking moments.
Me and my teammates are silent, no one is talking, the pressure is hitting us hard. Black is winning by 1 try 1-2. Are we going to let the pressure drag us slowly down or are we going to take the win? We look at the ref, he announces “There's two minutes to go.” Me and my teammates gasp, luckily he was meaning until halftime.
As we run back onto the field after halftime I feel my heart beating hard. I hear some of my teammates panting, I’m scared. I hear the whistle blow. We kick, we start sprinting towards the ball.
The opposition kick it back. The ball bounces into one of their player’s big hands. I start freaking out. He knocks over one of our strongest players while sprinting for the try line. He is not moving.
We start rushing over to him, he's not breathing at that point. At that stage we didn't care if we lost because we knew we would win next time. Our main focus was making sure our team mate and valued player was okay.
Here is the awesome moment when we did win...
On Saturday the 18th of August we were playing our arch rivals again Christchurch Black for the Christchurch Under 11s Championship. It’s the second half. We're so focused we really want to win this.
As we run frantically onto the green and muddy field we steer into their bulging eyes, seeing who we're facing. We kick off and it goes into the hands of their fullback. We tackle him hard making him fall. Tackle after tackle we eventually get the ball back and we attack and attack with determination.
Our wing gets through all the players and scores. We all start cheering loudly. But it wasn't over yet, they kicked off to us and we dropped the ball. It's a scrum. Their halfback rolls the ball into the scrum. Their number 8 runs it. Like a pack of wolves we pounce at them, making the tackle.
Our forwards react, we get the ball back. Pj our 2nd five runs it, he gets tackled and pops it up to Zinzan. He runs and he knocks over one of their players and scores. We hear the whistle blow and we start swinging our arms. I say to myself “We did it, we won”.
Talking about these memories makes me remember this one...
“Sorry young man you're too short for this ride you can go on that one.” He points, I look, he tells me it's called the bullet and that its new. I hear screaming coming from that direction, I shiver.
I start to run to the slide, level after level, I get higher and higher. Finally I'm at the line. I look down and gasp. I think to myself “Do you really want to do this?” By then I was at the front of the line up the top of the tower. There was no backing out now.
As I slid into the green capsule slide, the man shut the door in front of me so I was trapped. I leaned back full of anxiety and then I heard a Siri like voice counting down... “Five, four, three, two, one.”
A trap door under me dropped open and I went flying down. I was speeding through the water in the dark, I couldn't see anything. Then I hit a huge wave of water. “It's finished” I said to myself in relief.
Memories have taught me many life lessons such as perseverance, overcoming your fears, and being part of a team. What have you learned from your memories?
How do planes fly?
Have you ever wondered how a plane glides through the sky and why you can't fly with it? Well this is going to explain to you why you can not glide with it.
There are four forces that make an object an object fly. They are: lift, drag, thrust and weight. If you didn't have these four forces the plane wouldn't fly.
Lift: Lift is a force, it works against weight (gravity) and lifts objects, like planes, off the ground.
Weight pulls things down to the earth. If we didn't have weight we would keep going up.
Thrust is created by propellers. It moves the plane forward. If you didn't have thrust then planes would stay still. The force that goes against
thrust is drag.
Drag slow planes down. If you didn't have drag the plane would keep accelerating and it would never stop. It goes against thrust.
So next time you see a plane gliding through the sky you know why you can't fly with it. Our bodies can not overcome our weight to get us off the ground. So our bodies are not strong enough to create thrust and lift.
Sunday, 25 June 2017
Touchdown! Monty, Zinzan and I are playing American Football, Monty throws a quick pass. Out of nowhere a blurry figure catches the ball with one hand.
We glance and realize it's Sarah. She asks “Do you want to play touch?” We look at each other, I look back. “Sure.”
We start leaping to the dining room, open the door, take one big jump in and yell “DOES ANYONE WANT TO PLAY TOUCH?” Everyone looks at us, from one side I hear a yes, from the other side I hear about 5 children yell yes. All of a sudden I hear loads of yeses. We head over to the soccer field. I set up the teams and then it's kick off - the game started.
The ball flew in the air like an airplane, I jump, the ball flings hard into my chest. I pass out wide to Zinzan, he starts doing tricks, he passes back, I do a little grubber, I start accelerating and pounce onto the ball - TRY!
The teachers appear, we look, they have a frown on their face. They say to us “Guys, you guys have to go inside, it's getting too dark, but you can have a shower or just come inside” We look at each other and someone yells -
”Last one there has to have a shower outside in the rain.” We all start running with laughter.
Sunday, 2 April 2017
Beep beep beep my flight is about to leave. I get changed, grab my suitcase, and leave ready for my flight straight to the Amazon. On the plane I sleep. I feel something cold go down my shirt, I shiver, I get up, the planes shaking. Wait - we just landed!
I got a taxi “The Frontier Hotel please.” The man starts driving, he turns onto a road surrounded by bush, he moves like he has a back pain. “Argh pins and needles” moans the driver. He starts wriggling, “Sorry mate you gonna go to another arrgh!” He screams, he's going crazy. The car slides off the road with only a green viny mess stopping it's fall.
I check if he's alright, he's unconscious. I check my phone, there's no reception, I need to get him some help! I look in my bag I only have a few supplies like a bottle of water, a lighter and a pocket knife. I start walking around the jungle to find some help. I come across little cabin it has baked beans, tubs of water, and two beds. I drop my stuff and have a rest for the night.
In the morning I step outside into the freezing air and start walking. I hear a noise bsh. I must've stepped on something. I try to lift my shoes but I can't, my shoe is stuck - nooooooo! I'm sinking. I try to crawl up but I just slip right back in. I yell “Help!” A man comes running down. He asks “Why are you out here alone?” I don't respond, he grabs a rope and pulls me out.
As he takes me to his home he asks “Why are you here?” I told him I was on a holi -wait a bubble pops in my head - I say out loud “The taxi driver!” He asks “What taxi driver?” I mumble to him about being in a car crash and the taxi driver is in the ditch and we need to save him.” The man makes a fast u turn and pushes on the accelerator.
We get to the crash sight, the driver’s hanging out the window, he’s dripping with blood. We need to call the ambulance asap. ‘Weo, weo’. The ambulance zooms down they pick him up and go to the hospital straight away.
Beep beep beep ... I've been sitting for the last three hours beside the taxi driver as he lay in a coma.
Then I hear a screech, the door opens, a doctor walks out. He says “Your friend is very lucky, he has a faint pulse. He's really lucky that you were there, if you weren't there he wouldn't have survived.”