Kavindu Ranasinghe and Robert Walter have been named as joint winners of the first ever Wembley National Stadium Trust (WNST) Primary-Aged Achievers Award.
The award was created in 2014 to celebrate Panathlon’s youngest competitors. It builds on the success of the Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Awards, which recognise the achievements of our secondary-aged competitors.
10-year-old Kavindu, from Hillingdon, and nine-year old Robert, from Twickenham, have both overcome tremendous difficulties to become integral members of their Panathlon teams.
Both Kavindu, who has cerebral palsy with spastic quadriplegia, and Robert, was has Sturge-Weber syndrome – a rare congenital neurological and skin disorder – have progressed from being unable to walk just a few years ago to now being able to walk independently with the use of a Kaye Walker and, in Robert’s case, even take a few steps unaided.
Teachers at Coteford Junior School in Hillingdon, where Kavindu is a pupil, and Lindon Bennett School in Hounslow, which Robert attends, have been full of praise for the boys’ development since joining their schools and very positive about the role that Panathlon has played in this. Both boys have progressed in just a few years from doing very little physical activity to playing a big part in their Panathlon teams.
The boys received their awards from WNST representatives in the shadow of Wembley Stadium’s iconic arch at Powerleague Wembley in November. They were selected for the new award for their outstanding achievements amongst Panathlon’s primary-aged pupils, with a view to widening the scope of the awards to all primary-aged pupils next year.
It is hoped the awards will follow in the footsteps of the Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Awards, which are in their sixth year and have grown steadily over the years.
Panathlon would like to congratulate Kavindu and Robert for being so inspirational and achieving success with Panathlon. We would also like to thank the Wembley National Stadium Trust for supporting this new award and the extension of the Primary Panathlon programme across London over the next two years.
Find out more about more about our award winners and their inspirational stories via the links below.
Wembley National Stadium Trust Primary-Aged Achievers Award – Roll of Honour