On Thursday 4th June, Panathlon held the North West London Deaf Primary Competition. The day which was funded by the City Bridge Trust, gave 35 deaf students the chance to represent their school and compete in Tennis, Table Cricket, Athletics and Football.
Before the event, the 3 schools (4 teams) who competing from Frank Barnes School, Kingsbury Green Junior and Heathlands School had the opportunity to meet students from other schools, before competing again.
“Our students have been so excited about coming” said Catherine Drew, teacher at Frank Barnes School. “They love coming to Panathlon events and the social interaction is fantastic for them too.”
Early on, there were some fragile shots in the tennis, but once the teams loosened up and ‘got their eye in’ there were some incredible shots flying down the court. Papa from Kingsbury Green and Alex from Frank Barnes showed exceptional skills on their forehand side after listening really well to instructions from the coach.
The table cricket contest was tighly fought with Heathlands school coming out on top and it was always going to be one of those competitions that went right down to the wire.
The scores were collated after the final relay races and the results were as follows:
Frank Barnes 1st Place,
Heathlands 2nd Place,
Kingsbury Green joint 3rd place,
Heathlands B joint 3rd Place.
Anita Tahmassebi, teacher at Kingsbury Green School said- “Despite being pipped at the post for gold, we have had a fantastic day. Our students were all thrilled to receive medals and t-shirts and to meet old and new friends from other deaf schools. Upon return to school they were very excited to tell their classmates and show what they had won which is great because they don’t often represent the school. I also know that their parents also greatly appreciate your work and so as a school we’d like to say thank you for a great day”