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Role model Armaan is “empowered” by Panathlon

Armaan Shahzad has been named Panathlon’s 2017/18 West Yorkshire Primary Outstanding Achiever after overcoming multiple disabilities and a lack of confidence to excel in the sporting arena. The 11-year-old... more

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“Superstar” Hafzah wins our West Yorkshire prize

Hafzah Tariq is described by those who know her best as “hugely competitive,” “a real fighter” and a “superstar”. It’s these qualities that have won her Panathlon’s 2017/18 West... more

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Award winner Mitchell inspires change

Mitchell Regan’s determination not to let his disabilities affect his sporting ambitions has had a dramatic ‘ripple effect’ on his school – and has earned him Panathlon’s 2017/18 Birmingham... more

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Award winner Leon ‘a joy and inspiration’

Panathlon has named teenager Leon Pring as our 2017/18 North Yorkshire Outstanding Achievement award winner for the dramatic improvement in his attitude to sporting competition. The pupil at Joseph... more

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Courageous Kitty earns Outstanding Achievement prize

The determination of Kitty Kerr not to let complex disabilities hold her back has earned her the 2017/18 Panathlon Outstanding Achievement award for Gloucestershire. Nine-year-old Kitty has inspired team-mates... more

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‘Trojan’ Troy earns Outstanding Achievement award

Troy McIntosh from Hackney has received the Panathlon Outstanding Achievement Award for London for immense bravery in the face of his severe disabilities and personal tragedy. The eight-year-old, a... more

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“Panathlon has enriched our curriculum”

Sherwood Park is one of many schools where Panathlon’s impact has gone much deeper than simply participating in competitions. The school for pupils with autism and severe learning difficulties... more

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Panathlon “has given me a better future”

Matthew Key has credited Panathlon with igniting his transformation from self-confessed “couch potato” into an ambitious young boxer. The 15-year-old, a pupil at West Lea School in north London,... more

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Paralympic legends praise Panathlon’s impact

Three GB Paralympic legends were united in their praise for Panathlon as they enjoyed the sight of 200 of London’s finest disabled athletes competing at our showpiece final at... more

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Young Leader experience of “immense value”

The experience of being a Young Leader at Panathlon competitions is of “immense all-round value” says Paul Read from Sir Herbert Leon Academy. Students from the school in Milton... more

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“It teaches them to treat disabled children normally, not differently”

Burnt Mill Academy Trust joined the ‘Panathlon family’ in 2017/18 and have provided Young Leaders in three competitions so far. Director of Sport Phil Dawes calls it “one of... more

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Doucecroft’s driving force

Doucecroft School in Colchester have been competing in Panathlon competitions for four years. Andrea Griffiths is the driving force behind their involvement and says it has made a “massive... more

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Role model Harry blossoms through Panathlon

Harry Bowtell from east London first took part in a Panathlon in 2012. Despite having complex physical and learning needs, his confidence has rocketed as he has progressed from... more

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Three’s the magic number for our Intern Freya

Freya Levy has flourished in numerous ways in the last six months – firstly in her role as a Panathlon intern but also totting up international sporting appearances in... more

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Star trio reveal joy at Children of Courage awards

The parents of three Panathletes honoured at the London Children of Courage awards have expressed their immense pride after watching their children take to the stage. Romeo Itonga, 12,... more

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Panathlon ‘legend’ Barry wins Teacher of the Year prize

Parents, grandparents, pupils and colleagues have queued up to pay tribute to “legendary” SEN Lead Barry Cornforth, who was recently named North Yorkshire Teacher of the Year. Barry, who... more

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Panathlon gives Young Leader platform for success

A first year student has been offered a work placement in a ‘Panathlon school’ after her performance as a Young Leader at the West London Panathlon finals. Vicky Cockle... more

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Abby-Jo lifts Jack Petchey Outstanding Achiever prize

Abby-Jo Wawrzewski has won the 2017 Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Award – Panathlon’s top individual honour in the London and Essex area. The 16-year-old (pictured left), who attends Brent Knoll School in Forest Hill, South-East London,... more

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Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Nominee – Jessica Howard

This year’s Panathlon Jack Petchey Awards Ceremony takes place on November 15 at John Lewis Stratford in London, and will feature the prestigious Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Award. Take a look at... more

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Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Nominee – Abby-Jo Wawrzewski

This year’s Panathlon Jack Petchey Awards Ceremony takes place on November 15 at John Lewis Stratford in London, and will feature the prestigious Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Award. Here, we take a... more

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Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Nominee – Samantha Holland

This year’s Panathlon Jack Petchey Awards Ceremony takes place on November 15 at John Lewis Stratford in London, and will feature the prestigious Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Award. Here, we take a... more

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John Lewis – a Paralympic legacy sponsor

John Lewis Stratford City has supported Panathlon since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, donating over £40,000 to provide sporting opportunities to young people since that time. The store,... more

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Panathlon trio win Yorkshire Children of Courage awards

Panathletes Billie Lambert, Finn Knaggs and Shahayna Begum were among the award winners at the glittering Yorkshire Children of Courage awards in Leeds last Friday night. The event sponsored... more

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Ryan gets his hands on Gloucs trophy

Ryan Payne, our 2017 Gloucestershire Outstanding Achiever award runner-up, has finally got his hands on his treasured trophy. The nine-year-old was unable to attend the Primary Panathlon at Hartpury College in June at... more

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Role model Thomas takes South Yorkshire prize

Thomas Ringrose’s remarkable personal development through sport saw him named Panathlon’s 2017 ‘Outstanding Achiever’ for South Yorkshire. Competing in Panathlon events has helped the 18-year-old overcome nerves, anxiety and... more

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Charlie and Billie join West Yorkshire roll of honour

Two remarkable Panathletes from West Yorkshire have been added to our 2017 roll of honour as we celebrate this year’s highest achievers across the country. Charlotte Hirst and Billie... more

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Proud Dean and Honey win Essex Primary awards

Two very special young Panathletes – Honey Lock and Dean Davidson – have been chosen as our Woodland 2017 Primary ‘Outstanding Achievers’ for Essex. Honey, 11, is a pupil... more

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Romeo rewarded with London prize

Young Panathlete Romeo Itonga, who has Sickle Cell Anaemia, has been named as our 2017 Wembley National Stadium Trust ‘Outstanding Achievement’ runner-up. The 11-year-old, from Dagenham in east London,... more

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Finn and Dominic earn North Yorkshire awards

Two very special teenagers, Finn Knaggs and Dominic Laycock, have been announced as Panathlon’s 2017 North Yorkshire award winners. Finn, a pupil at St John’s Catholic School for the... more

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Aminata honoured at Copper Box finals   

Aminata Kalokoh, an eight-year-old girl from Sierra Leone who suffers from severe physical and communication problems, has won Panathlon’s Wembley National Stadium Trust 2017 ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award. Aminata was presented with her... more