Ellie never, ever wanted her parents to watch but this year she’s finally happy for them to come. I think this [Panathlon] has given her the confidence to let them watch her. That kind of outcome is very important.
St. Helen’s School, Brentwood Essex
An awful lot of these children wouldn’t have access to competitive sport without Panathlon. Everybody should have a right to play sport, no matter what their ability or disability.
Martin Owers, teacher at Seven Kings School, Redbridge
Thank you for hosting such a fantastic event. It was superbly well organised and had a lovely positive feel to the whole day. It was excellent experience for the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Panathlon is important to be because I don’t get out a lot, so meeting new people is a breath of fresh air. It gets me out of my comfort zone in a way and it helps me push boundaries that I never thought I could. Not just in sport, but socially as well. It just makes me feel happy really.
Rebecca Cavanagh, aged 15, Barking & Dagenham
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
The Panathlon Challenge provides sporting opportunities to young disabled people in a variety of sports. Click the links below to find out more.