DDSS has winning spirit
Delhi District Secondary School’s overall grand championship victory last week at the Norfolk County Fair didn’t come as a surprise to me when I read about it on Facebook. The school has now captured this crown for nine straight years.
It’s as if this is something to be expected every year on Young Canada Day. Perhaps this title should be christened the DDSS Championship.
To put this incredible streak into perspective, a Grade 9 student who was part of the winning school team when the run first began in 2010 has since graduated from both high school and university. Senior students from the also-ran schools would have been in Grade 3 when their current school might have last claimed this grand championship.
It’s a fantastic streak for Delhi and an extremely long drought for the other four high schools in Norfolk.
Winning once is one thing. Successfully defending such a crown year after year after year is particularly difficult. The pressure continues to mount with each passing year, and the previous year becomes an even harder act to follow.
A 10th consecutive victory would be a remarkable achievement. Just think – to own this crown for a full, uninterrupted decade.
I’m not sure what has kept these kids motivated all these years, but their game plan has obviously worked wonders. A victory in 2019 will be the school’s most challenging of all yet it will require an even greater amount of hard work and determination. Students currently in Grade 11 will be pushed by the want for an unblemished record by the time they graduate. Their resolve could prove contagious among the school’s junior students, potentially elongating the streak for more years to come.
The dismal weather on the morning of Young Canada Day didn’t appear to adversely affect the spirit of the DDSS students. They understood what was on the line and responded accordingly. Might the rain have dampened the will of the other schools?
What needs to happen next year is for the DDSS students to not dwell on the streak and the milestone win that could potentially follow. They should simply concentrate on practising hard, taking their school spirit to the next level, giving it their all when the cue is given and living in the moment. And if a 10th consecutive crown is awarded, that’s the payoff for the amount of effort put in.
The other Norfolk high schools are well aware of this streak, and you can bet they’re not going to allow a full decade’s dominance to occur without a fight. They’ll be more motivated than ever before to steal the crown from DDSS.
But if the same winning formula is executed next fall, Delhi might just be looking at the opposition through its rear view mirror once again.