The Panathlon Challenge runs ‘mini Paralympic’ multi-sport events, providing the opportunity for competitive sport to over 4,000 disabled young people every year.
Competitions include a range of sports designed specifically to be more appropriate to disabled youngsters, many of them played with adaptive equipment to make them accessible to as many participants as possible.
Panathlon operates a standard model and is open to young people with a range of physical impairments, including deaf, hearing impaired and visually impaired children, as well as those with severe and complex learning difficulties.
* Polybat (pictured, left)
* Table cricket
* New age kurling
* Athletics field events: javelin (pictured, above), shot putt, long jump, wheelchair slalom & precision beanbag throw
* Athletics races: wheelchair manual and powered, lower leg impairment and ambulant
Teams are awarded points for their finishing place in each round and the team with the highest number of points over all six rounds is crowned the winner. Medals and certificates are awarded to all those who compete, and overall team trophies for the winners and runners up too.
In London, teams from all 32 boroughs compete in a series of regional heats, with the top teams qualifying for the London Finals, held at the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park.
Outside of London, competitions are held – some with qualifying rounds – to find county champions, whilst in 2014 county champions got to step up to the next level of competition through a new series of regional finals, held for the East, South and Central regions. Further expansion of the regional finals programme is planned for 2015.
Overall, 400 schools took part in 84 multi-sport competitions in 2013/14, with 35,000 active hours of sport provided to disabled children. Panathlon has delivered over 500 multi-sport competitions since 1999, so we have the experience to know it works.
Whilst focused largely on secondary-aged students, Panathlon’s multi-sport events work for any students aged five to 19, depending upon ability. A separate Primary Panathlon format exists with foundation sports more appropriate for our younger competitors.
This short film shows what Secondary Multi-Sport is:
For more information on our multi-sport format or any Panathlon programme, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.