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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

“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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Nominee – Tony Chaney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Outstanding’ Harry wins Birmingham award

Harry Morgan has received our Birmingham Outstanding Achiever award after overcoming considerable physical difficulties to thrive in Panathlon competitions. The 10-year-old pupil at New Oscott Primary School in Birmingham... more

Abby-Jo inspires Lewisham to Copper Box gold

Abby-Jo Wawrzewski led Lewisham to victory in June’s Panathlon London Multisport Plate Final at the Copper Box Arena, despite still being in remission from non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The 15-year-old joined... more

McKenzie is Gloucestershire’s Outstanding Achiever

Eight-year-old McKenzie O’Reilly was “overwhelmed” after receiving the Outstanding Achiever Award for Gloucestershire, supported by St James’s Place Foundation. The Abbeymead School pupil, who has spina bifida and mild hydrocephalus,... more

Jamie’s joy at Panathlon Oath honour

St Giles’ School student Jamie Brown is “so, so excited” to be reading the Panathlon Oath before Thursday’s London Finals at the Copper Box Arena. Jamie, 16, will be representing... more

Doucecroft’s autistic students prosper through Panathlon

The partnership between Panathlon and Doucecroft School has enabled students on the autism spectrum to flourish by taking part in competitive sport. Panathlon deliver competitive sport opportunities to over... more

Katie and Heidi Sheldon – Warwickshire

Identical twins Katie and Heidi Sheldon epitomised the Panathlon spirit when they represented Warwickshire in the West Midlands Regional Final in Birmingham. The 13-year-olds from Sutton Coldfield were born... more

Jamie Brown – Croydon

A young boccia player with cerebral palsy received the Hassan Ahmed Memorial Sporting Achievement Award 2016 from Panathlon for the help and leadership he gives to other disabled children,... more

Neve Allen – Sutton Coldfield

West Midlands Primary Panathlon hosted a special celebration to honour 2016 Birmingham Panathlon Outstanding Achiever Neve Allen. The 10-year-old, who was born with a congenital short left femur and... more

Riley Barber – Suffolk

Riley Barber, of Albert Pye Primary School in Beccles, received the Emma Holloway Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award, after the nine-year-old’s confidence was boosted by competing in Panathlon events. Neil Holloway,... more

Malik and Lina Berbiche – Hillingdon

Malik and Lina Berbiche, who both lost limbs in a bus crash, were two of Panathlon’s brightest stars in 2015/16 season. The siblings from Uxbridge are about to enter... more

Georgina Hart – Barking & Dagenham

Georgina Hart of Jo Richardson School in Dagenham is the latest winner of the Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Award – Panathlon’s top individual honour. The 15-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, is an inspiration to... more

Kavindu Ranasinghe – Hillingdon

10-year-old Kavindu Ranasinghe of Coteford Junior School in Hillingdon was named as joint winner of the Wembley National Stadium Trust Primary-Aged Achievers Award in November 2014. Kavindu has cerebal palsy with... more

Robert Walter – Hounslow

Nine-year-old Robert Walter of Lindon Bennett School in Hounslow was named as joint winner of the Wembley National Stadium Trust Primary-Aged Achievers Award in November 2014. Robert has Sturge-Weber... more

Faizan Bidiwala – Redbridge

Faizan Bidiwala of Little Heath School in Redbridge was named Panathlon’s outstanding achiever of 2014. The 16-year-old, who has Downs Syndrome, collected the Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Award in... more

Olympic Park Inspiration Case Study

Nearly 200 disabled children from 21 schools across London took part in Panathlon’s annual multi-sport final in June, held for the first at The Copper Box Arena in the... more

Jordan Andrews – Newham

Few stories demonstrate the true impact of Panathlon and its legacy better than that of Newham youngster Jordan Andrews. Jordan is autistic and, as a result of his condition... more

Mahfuz Ahmad – Wandsworth

The true impact of Panathlon can be found in the stories of its individual competitors and few of these demonstrate the positive power of sport better than that of... more

Daniel German – Berkshire

Among the Arbour Vale students to have benefitted from competing for Berkshire in two Stoke Mandeville Panathlon Challenges is 14-year-old Daniel German. Daniel, from Slough, is a Special Educational... more

Hannah Olateju – Croydon

Hannah Olateju is an inspiration to everyone at the Panathlon Challenge and beyond. The 14-year old student from Woodcote School in Coulsdon had both her arms and legs amputated... more

Fatima Ismail – Harrow

Among the Harrow Team (new London Champions) to have benefitted from competing in the Panathlon Challenge is 16-year-old Fatima Ismail. Fatima has a degenerative condition that has left her... more