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Doucecroft crowned East of England champions
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

Panathlon Challenge West Midlands Final (Multisports), Nechells Community Sports Centre, Birmingham, Britain
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 playing Boccia at the Copper Box Final 2016
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

Primary Panathlon Challenge, Nechells Community Sports Centre, Birmingham, Britain
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

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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

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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

Panathlon Challenge - Football Finals - 25/11/2014
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 of Lindon Bennett School in Hounslow
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 (centre) with his father and brother in front of the Olympic Park
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

Medal winner
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

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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

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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