38 disabled children from 5 schools representing Sefton, Halton, Liverpool, Wirral and St Helens. Took part in the fifth annual Merseyside Panathlon Swimming Gala, held at Lansbury Bridge School in St Helens.

The event was open to low ability swimmers or non-swimmers to encourage their confidence and swimming ability in a fun competition which included raft races, treasure hunts and relay races.

Merefield School from Sefton, who tasted double success earlier in the year after being crowned Panathlon Primary and Secondary School of the Year at the Greenbank Sports Academy Sports Awards, took home gold on the day after overcoming Chestnut Lodge School (Halton) by 3 points. Other schools who participated were Sandfield Park (Liverpool), Woodchurch High School (Wirral) and Lansbury Bridge School (St Helens).

The event was supported by Greenbank Sports Academy staff and volunteers. Based at Greenbank Academy, Steve Sullivan said: “These events helps the development of the sport across Merseyside. They allow disabled children who are missed out in the system, to be part of a swim gala and show they too can enjoy water.”

A huge thank you to Lansbury Bridge School for providing the pool and being so hospitable on the day.

Final standings:
1st. Merefield School (Sefton)
2nd. Chestnut Lodge School (Halton)
3rd. Sandfield Park (Liverpool)
4th. Woodchurch High School (Wirral)
5th. Lansbury Bridge School (St Helens)