12,000 miles trip to London to watch Panathlon !
"After several years attempting to get our team (Hammersmith & Fulham) through to the West London Final, my time in London had come to an end. Back to Australia I headed. We had tried several years but were always knocked out in the first round. I received the email in early January that we had finally won in the first round and were through to the West London Final - which was fantastic news !! - I couldn't miss it !!
So here I am, back in London to witness some of the most amazing students showing the world just what they CAN do. Well done to all those involved today, over 100 competing in total across the 4 teams. And our Team Hammersmith & Fulham came 2nd overall !!!
I couldn't miss it for the World !!!"
GB Paralympian Helen Turner at Panathlon
Young Leader from CCC views on South Final
My name is Heidi Stiller, I am in year 11 at Chessington Community College. Today (15/03/2012) I attended my second Panathlon as an official. This is an amazing experience for me and I feel privileged to be part of such a brilliant event.
I spent a day in training on the 13th of December 2011. this allowed me to learn about new sports that I had never heard of, learn the rules, and gain experience working with such amazing children.
I would like to say a massive thank you to the Panathlon team for giving me this opportunity and I hope to be apart of the Panathlon in the future.
Team Bexley's view of the World
What a fantastic day for our students ! Each person has thoroughly enjoyed themselves and made to feel very welcome in a very competitive environment.
A special thanks to each and every one of the Sports Leaders who have conducted themselves in a very mature and adult fashion, and have been a fantastic credit to themselves and their school.
The Panathlon seems to get better and better each year and we are already looking forward to next years event !
Many thanks from the Bexley Team. Bosh !
Panathlon Young Leaders in Action at Table Cricket.
Petchey Academy Students Training Day
Panathlon were at The Petchey Academy today training a group of A-Level and BTEC P.E. students in disability sports. We spent four hours with the group learning the sports, then ending with some practice games played and officiated by the students. It was particularly fulfilling leading a training session at the Petchey Academy as the Jack Petchey Foundation has been such a great supporter of Panathlon.
We hope that these students will be able to get involved at the London Final and we'll be able to continue to work with the Academy in the years to come. Here's what the students said,
"The Panathlon Challenge training was an amazing experience. I have enjoyed learning how to play polybat, new age kurling, table cricket and boccia." Syllestina Meade
" We enjoyed being able to learn all sorts of sports and activities that we haven't come across before." Kim Nguyen
North London Young Leaders in Action !
Twelve year 10 Sports Leaders from Northumberland Park Community School, Haringey acted as Panathlon leaders for the first time at the North Final today (March 6) at Southbury Leisure centre.
This was the Sports Leaders first experience at officiating at a disability sports event. Helped by the days training Panathlon delivered, the Leaders took charge of Boccia, Table Cricket, New Age Kurling, Polybat and athletics. The twelve Leaders did really well, the experience was made more interesting due to the fact the leaders go to the same school as half the Panathlon team. The Vale special school is located on the same site as Northumberland Park, so it gave the leaders a new insight in to what their counterparts could achieve. Students who normally join each other for maths and English, joined each other for the Panathlon Challenge.
Tony Millard, Panathlon Manager, Haringey.
Feedback from East London !
Posted: Thursday 1st March 2012
Category: Feedback from East London !
" The 2012 Panathlon is much improved with evenly matched teams ! The competitors really enjoy Panathlon and they get really excited as they get so much out of it. Its a very good social event where different boroughs get to meet lots of different people. We select children that are not eligible for London Youth Games as Panathlon is more appropriate for their disability and their needs. Every year they go back from Panathlon with smiles and medals and they talk to their parents about it. Some of our children this is the only competition they take part in each year. The Volunteers and Young Leaders have been excellent as well." Team Leader Tower Hamlets.
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