Team Tendring, represented by Market Field and Shorefields Schools, retained their Panathlon Challenge title at Basildon Sporting Village by a margin of two points from Thurrock represented by Beacon Hill in a competition that was only decided by the relay races in the afternoon session.
Oak View representing West Essex again excelled in the Field Athletics comprising of Powerchair Slalom, Precision Bean Bag, Standing Long Jump Seated Shot Put and Javelin for the second year and Southview representing North West Essex won their first New Age Kurling event.
All four teams had successfully qualified for the Final, which was part of the wider Essex School Games event, from their respective semi-finals in April and were trying to become Essex Champions 2013. The two top teams from last year went toe to toe once again and Tendring just had enough to finish just ahead of a marvellous effort from Thurrock. Well done to all for such a competitive day.
James Hornsby student leaders supported the competition with a maturity and expertise that was a credit to their school.Paralympian and London 2012 Torchbearer Anne Wafula Strike, Freya Levy GB Wheelchair Basketball and Rio 2016 hopeful as well as Chloe Rogers Bronze Medalist member of the London 2012 Women’s Hockey team, helped encourage the teams and presented medals.
Panathlon would like to thank the Woodland Group, The Jack Petchey Foundation, Stansted Airport, Active Essex and Hilton in the Community Foundation for their support for this years Panathlon activities, stretching back to our first competition last November !