Panathlon were in Portsmouth today to deliver the Hampshire Multi-Sports Panathlon involving 9 Hampshire schools.
The Mountbatten Leisure Centre hosted the event and the Portsmouth University Sports Science staff and students delivered the competition involving 60 competitors. Leaders also came from the local college and Baycroft SEN school, whose younger students were involved in the competition.
In January, Panathlon visited Portsmouth University to deliver the Panathlon Training Officials course to the University students in preparation for today. The Panathlon competition is integrated into their course & the students take the responsibility to do the administration work that goes into delivering a Panathlon prior to the competition.
Also, last week Panathlon visited Baycroft SEN school to work with their group of older students on their mentoring program and this was kindly funded by our partnership with the Dowlands Trust.
The competition today was an opportunity for them to step-up into their leadership roles and gain some practical experience. Mr Whitwham, a teacher at Baycroft School, said he hopes the confidence gained from this experience will encourage them to get more involved during the lower school PE lessons at school.
In the competition, the Baycroft & Loddon team dominated the morning sports whilst the Cliffdale & Milton Park team dominated the athletics. The Baycroft team put in another impressive display, and continued their unbeaten run in the Panathlon competition, since we started in Hampshire two years ago. A full breakdown of the results are here.
Filip Dada, from Loddon School said, “This was the most amazing sports event I have seen during the last couple of years. The activities were well organised. Staff and volunteers were extremely enthusiastic, supportive and kind. The children’s smiley faces are the best and most honest feedback you can get.”
See some of the pics in the Gallery here-
David Anderson, also from Loddon School said, “Today was a fantastic experience for the pupils and a great way to keep fit. Our children loved meeting other schools and making friends, a very positive day.”