Twenty-Eight deaf and hearing impaired young people from across Essex came together at Great Baddow High School today for the second Essex Deaf Panathlon Multisport Challenge.
The students from schools in 5 Essex schools competed in Panathlon’s second multi-sport contest held in the county specifically for deaf and hearing-impaired children – as part of the charity’s expanding deaf programme.
The students from Great Baddow in Chelmsford , Mildmay in Chelmsford, Glebe in Rayleigh, Philip Morant in Colchester and Tanys Dell in Harlow, formed three teams.
This provided the children with not only the opportunity to compete against other deaf and hearing-impaired children in a multi-sport contest, but also to build teamwork, communication and leadership skills and to meet new people and make new friends.
Competition was fierce with the Philip Morant/Tanys Dell team coming out on top across the days activity and competition.
1st Philip Morant/Tanys Dell 46 (Pictured at the top)
2nd Great Baddow 40
3rd Mildmay/Glebe 34
Sophie Campbell, (pictured top left) captain of the Philip Morant/Tanys Dell team said, “All my team have thoroughly enjoyed the event and we look forward to defending our title next year. Thanks Panathlon for making Deaf sport happen”
Other aspects of the day saw previous students re-engage with former teachers and also family participation – and new generations within the same family as Joe Gair follows his brother Jack to become involved with Panathlon.
The Leaders from Great Baddow High School (pictured right) lead an event and used communication skills gained from class modules. Well done to you all!
Thank you to the funders of this work including the Mulberry Trust, Active Essex and Ovingdean Hall Foundation.