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I feel like a real sportsman doing wheelchair slalom. Panathlon is great because it’s only disabled people that can take part and I got near my personal best today.

Reece, Barking & Dagenham

Panathlon gives disabled children something which they can achieve for themselves. They all want to do Panathlon.

Lorraine Veck, Special Needs Classroom Assistant, Coteford Junior School

It’s brilliant. It’s a fantastic event and an ideal opportunity for our students. There are so many learning opportunities today: just to travel here, getting changed in a different environment, social skills, meeting different people, listening to instructions that they have to follow. They’ve done really well.

Kuben Reddy, teacher at Doucecroft School, Colchester

As well as the multi-sport, we do the Primary Panathlon and our able-bodied children have been trained by Panathlon to run those events as Leaders, so we’ve made it a whole school thing. It’s very much part of the school.

Lorraine Veck, Disability Sports Co-ordinator at Coteford Junior School, Hillingdon

Panathlon gives young people a sense of pride, self-esteem and achievement. You can take that into all aspects of life.

Elaine Burgess, school games organiser for Barking & Dagenham

Panathlon is proving so popular that even able-bodied children are wanting to get involved now!

Lorraine Veck, Disability Sports Co-ordinator at Coteford Junior School, Hillingdon

The most important thing here is that the children get to participate in a competitive event which has rules that you have to play within, but offers the opportunity to be successful no matter how good you are at it.

Paul Searle, teacher at Brimble Hill School, Swindon, Wilts.

I like being able to help young children with disabilities be able to do sports. You get to use your own initiative to change and adapt the different sports and to work in a team and it helps your communication skills working with people that you haven’t met before.

Amy Lytham, aged 15, Young Leader from York High School

Panathlon means everything to the kids. There’s nothing else for them where they can compete at sport, so it means the world to them. If it wasn’t for Panathlon they wouldn’t be competing.

Janine Edwards, teaching assistant at Whitmore High School, Harrow

You just can’t buy this: the competition, the interaction, the fulfilment the children get from it and, of course, their smiles!

St. James’s Place volunteer Jon Ellis

Panathlon is an extremely important competition. We have brought children along today who really worry about new things. Coming here gives them an opportunity to overcome their anxieties and take part in a wide range of fun activities whilst representing their borough.

Jon White, PE Teacher and Inclusion Lead at Clare Mount Specialist Sports College, Merseyside

My favourite things about today were the races, the medals and the freedom. I felt fresh, healthy and free in the pool. The ball race was my favourite.

Riley Kane, aged 11, Lowestoft, Suffolk

It’s nice for our kids to interact, play sports and socialise with other deaf children. They often play sport with mainstream kids, but Panathlon gives them an opportunity to have their own day, which helps with their identity as a deaf child.

Naomi Thomas, communication support worker at Blanche Nevile School, Haringey

It has been amazing. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Coming here to this huge place makes you feel nervous at first, but once you do it and get to the finish line, it makes you feel so proud of what you’ve done.

Jade Horsfall, aged 16, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Panathlon works really well, particularly for our students with severe learning difficulties. It also helps us go back to school with some fresh ideas for the students.

Melissa Pengrave, teacher at Addington School, Reading

We’ve started local events to get as many children competing as possible. We then use those as a selection process for Panathlon, so we’re giving children a stepping stone to representing the borough. It gives them something to strive to and gives an end product to their competitions locally.

Joe Playle, Sport Development Officer, Havering Council

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

We’ve got lots of smiling children. It’s fantastic because it links with a lot of the class curriculum at the moment which is around the Olympics. It gives them a great sense of wider achievement. It’s been a really positive experience for them.

Sarah Beck, Teacher at Woodland School, Harrow

Panathlon is very important to us at Swiss Cottage School. They feel like stars when they are taking part and the school is really proud of them. It gives them a lot of confidence and they start to believe in themselves. I think it’s a great experience for them.

Anna Kwasniak, teacher at Swiss Cottage School, Camden

Our kids just love the competitive spirit of Panathlon. There’s great sportsmanship here and they take part in every event with lots of enthusiasm. It’s wonderful.

Warren Marriott, upper school PE coordinator at Perseid School, Merton

It’s so important for the children, because they might not get the chance to compete anywhere else.

St Augustine’s Sports Development Officer, Dawn Kelly

Another amazing time at the Panathlon Games. Sam loves the teamwork with children from other schools in events such as this. Socially, it gives Sam the confidence to compete and interact with others with a range of abilities. He looks forward to these events for weeks beforehand and is always keen to know when the next one will be.

Mother of Sam Jarred, Somersham Primary School

Panathlon is good for us because it caters for those kids who don’t have much opportunity. It means every child gets to take part in a competition outside of school. It’s a privilege to be here and the kids love it.

Kamil Hajdrych, PE coordinator at Stormont House School, Hackney

A lot of kids don’t get the opportunity to represent their county even in a mainstream school, let alone a special school. For some of these kids, this could be the peak of where they get to in sport, so what a great event. They are overwhelmed and think it’s absolutely incredible. That’s what it’s all about.

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