March 22nd, 2017
On Wednesday 22 March pupils from across Hampshire took part in a Panathlon Challenge at the Mountbatten Centre.
Following a countback, Hollywater secured the title from Portchester after both teams had finished on 44 points. After both teams had also won two events, it came down to the most second places; Hollywater had two and Portchester one.
Medals and awards were presented by former Paralympian basketball star and Panathlon patron, Helen Turner.
Both Hollywater and Portchester go through to the County Finals in June. See a full set of results here.
Eighty-three children participated from seven schools on the day, which also saw Chichester University’s Media Studies students, do a full day of media work including social media, video production, and radio.
Ian Worden, Programme Coordinator of Sports Media at the university said: “What a brilliant day, we learned so much from a practical level; the students feel like they have connected with Panathlon and now we will start to work on the film, we will produce about the day.”
The event was officiated by leaders from Portsmouth University, who have had Panathlon training as Young Leaders and study Panathlon event management, which is part of their sport development degree
Finals day at Birmingham Metropolitan College saw a new champion emerge, with Wilson Stuart School taking out their first-ever title with a pulsating finish in the flat races to just see off Hall Green.
Wilson Stuart secured victory with the flat athletics section win and thus a two-point cushion. See results here.
Both teams qualify for the Midlands Regional Finals later in the year. Last year’s winner, Fairfax, finished third with the Primary Champion, New Oscott in fourth place.
Again, Birmingham Met students acted as leaders during the competition and were part of a day that saw 48 children and 12 Panathlon Young Leaders take part.