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This place is really fantastic. I swam so fast I was like a machine! When I finish I just feel so confident, happy and proud.

Freddy Leech, aged 14, Enfield

I’ve never really done this sort of thing before. It’s my first time in a swimming competition and it’s been pretty amazing.

Max Ross, aged 16, Bury St Edmunds

Panathlon offers the most even playing field. It’s the one competition that caters for students of lower ability. It’s imperative that they get the opportunity to compete for their school and their borough. I love the ethos of the event and the competition.

Christie Moloney, Sports Development Officer at Ealing Council

We really value the Panathlon Challenge in the borough. Students from seven secondary schools make up the team. It is one of the most important events that we take part in every year. It’s a fantastic experience for all the children and year-on-year we strive to get better.

Elaine Burgess, partnership development manager for Barking & Dagenham

Our children aren’t involved in deaf activities other than through Panathlon. This competition means that all of our children can join in with something and everyone’s had a chance.

Marianne Haylett, teacher for the deaf at Kingsbury Green School, Brent

Panathlon is brilliant for these kids, who just don’t get the opportunity to do this sort of thing outside of school. The sports are setup so well for children with a range of disabilities. It caters for everyone. It’s just brilliant.

Susie King, speech and language assistant at Stony Dean School, Amersham

Panathlon is great because it allows more children the chance to join in and compete. It’s an event that doesn’t focus on their disabilities, but on what they are able to do. It levels the playing field and the children are all enjoying themselves today. It’s fantastic.

Dawn Catley, education engagement officer at Active Essex

I’ve really enjoyed myself, taking part in all the different activities. It feels brilliant to be representing my school. When I get back, I’ll show the teachers and everyone in school my medals. They’ll be proud of me and all my family will be proud.

Callum Roddis, aged 18, Warwick

Before I started Panathlon, I wouldn’t even go away from home on my own, but now I’ll do it easily. Panathlon has made me feel a lot more confident. I think it’s brilliant.

Georgina Hart, aged 15, Barking & Dagenham

I’ve had the best day ever. I can’t wait to go home and tell my mum all about it and show her my medals.

Pupil at Albert Pye Primary School, Beccles

Today was fun; I loved everything I did today. It was a great also meeting Paralympian gold medalist, Liz Johnson.

Corey Black, Blackpool

Panathlon is the best organised sports event that we go to. The children love the whole day, the experience of competing and socialising with other teams.

Neil Dawson , Head of PE, Wilson Stuart School, Birmingham

Win, lose or draw, it’s about giving kids opportunities to compete on an even scale against students of similar abilities. Everyone gets the chance to win a medal and you can just see their little eyes light up. It’s phenomenal really

Kevin Hughes, Assistant Head of PE at Arbour Vale School, Slough

On behalf of our children at Girlington Primary School for a fantastic Panathlon experience. The activities were well thought through, taking into consideration a variety of disabilities. Our children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and memories were made. The whole event ran like clockwork which added to the enjoyment. We are already looking forward to next year.

Amanda Simpson, a teacher at Girlington Primary, Bradford

It’s nice to meet new people from other schools. I enjoy school, but this is a good opportunity to come out and take part. It feels good to be representing the school.

Callum MacDonald, aged 14, Croydon

“It’s good for Jamie to have a competition where he’s able to shine, like the wheelchair slalom. He’s a competitive boy. He may be limited by what he can do physically but when he comes here, he certainly comes to win, not just to take part.

Nick Keat, father of Jamie, aged 10, from Hammersmith & Fulham

This has been an excellent experience for everyone involved today, great to see so many schools involved. The students look forward to it each year – I see pupils today that are the happiest they have been all year. It is great going back to Stoke Mandeville to represent the county as well.

Nikki Farmer, a teacher at Kingfisher School of Abingdon

There isn’t sport for all of our children at this level. We have a few students who do competitive sports with the mainstream children but, without Panathlon, there wouldn’t be a chance for the other kids to take part in competition.

Susanna Sutton, teacher at Mabel Prichard School, Oxford

It’s great to be back at Panathlon which is one of my highlights of the year. I’m delighted that we’ll be competing once again at the Olympic Park in June.

Georgina Hart

Panathlon is a really inclusive event. It’s difficult to find events that are suitable for SLD children and Panathlon is just that.

Heather Jolly, teacher at Shenstone School, Bexley

One of our children said it was the first time he’d ever won anything in sport.

Shirley Bond, PE coordinator at Stratton School, Gloucestershire

One of our girls used to hate PE. We took a punt and brought her to the first Panathlon competition and the change in her was huge. Now she continuously shows enthusiasm in PE. The change in her confidence and focus has blown me away.

Donna Rose, teacher at William Bellamy School, Barking and Dagenham

Today allowed our children to shine in sport for the first time. Thank you for an amazing day. Long may we be involved

Hollie Williams, teacher at Topcliffe Primary School, Birmingham

I don’t do any sport other than Panathlon. It is my world!  I’m leaving school to go to college so this is my last competition and I’m really sad, but I have had a fantastic time over the last few years, especially the years that we won!

Charlotte Whale, aged 19, Ashford, Kent