Newcomers Barnsley have been crowned champions at the second South Yorkshire Panathlon Challenge after winning the county’s multi-sports final at the English Institute of Sport venue in Sheffield.
The team, drawing athletes from The Greenacre School, beat teams from Sheffield and Rotherham with a grand total of 50 points.
Louise Dublin, from Greenacre teacher support said, “Events like today bring children together, it gives them a chance to try a variety of sports, it gives the school a chance to bring a variety of abilities, it has been great to join this competition! The team spirit generated by competing has been fantastic to see.”
Barnsley finished six points ahead of runners up, Sheffield Steelers, a team made up from 2 schools, Bents Green and Sheaf, who scored 44 points. Third place went to last year’s winners Rotherham on 38 points, with a second Sheffield team, the All Stars (Springs Academy) finishing fourth on 34.
Barnsley will now represent South Yorkshire in the Yorkshire wide finals in early 2017.
Both Jake Westlake, teacher, Rotherham and Gemma Slater, teacher, Sheffield said “Panathlon is a great opportunity for children to meet others from within the county, they can socialize, compete with others of similar ability and due to the adapted nature of the sports can test themselves against one another “
Leaders came from Sheffield College to help officiate the day.
Special thanks go to Yorkshire Sports Foundation and Links Schools Partnership for helping organize the day.