Primary Panathlon hit south London this week, as Southfields Academy in Wandsworth hosted an introduction to Panathlon competition. 42 disabled pupils from nine primary schools across the borough took part, many of whom got their first taste of eight different Panathlon sports, including Boccia Blast, New Age Kurling, Parachute Popcorn and Volleybat.
“We have had a fantastic day and all of these sports are new to our children, and we have been given some great ideas to take back to school” said Sarah Mackay, Teacher at Riversdale Primary.
The competition was fierce throughout the day as everyone dug deep to get the highest score they could for their team. Furzedown Primary School ran out eventual winners, edging out Granard in second after victory in Parachute Popcorn, with Wix Primary and Riversdale Primary finishing joint third.
Special mentions must also go to Broadwater, Penwortham, Chesterton and Beatrix Potter Schools, who all played their part in an enthralling day.
“We thought the activities were fantastic today,” said Paula Madden, teacher at Broadwater Primary School. “They require a range of skills, with some individual games and other team based activities. The children loved the chance to be successful and represent the school; many for the first time.”
Panathlon would like to thank the Mayor of London, whose funding made the day possible, enabling us to offer competitive, fun and social sporting opportunities to these young people, as well as train 16 young leaders, who officiated across the range of Panathlon sports.