After the success of last years’ event, Panathon returned to Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Portsmouth for another multi-sport competition. Three schools attended the day, comprising a total of 45 students. Each of the schools, who all competed in last years’ competition battled it out across boccia, new age kurling, table cricket, polybat and field athletics.
After tightly fought battles in table cricket and kurling in particular, it was Baycroft School who emerged champions for the second year in a row. They were 6 points ahead of Hollywell School in second and Mary Rose in third. See the full set of results. The top two teams now qualify for the Hampshire final on Friday 19th June.
Ian Whitwham, teacher at Baycroft School said. “Today has been fantastic for our students. I think it offers them so much outside of their normal lifestyles; winning and losing gracefully, socialising with the other teams, working as a team and cheering each other on. We had one boy here who came last year and now he is showing other students in his team what they need to be doing and leading by example- it really is great to see the transformation.”
Following training in January leaders from Portsmouth University officiated the events as part of their module placement. Panathlon is now part of the Univeristy’s course curriculum. The leaders offered demonstrations, guidance and support throughout the day.
Mrs Broughton from Mary Rose School said. “The leaders have been excellent today- I can’t thank you enough for the enthusiasm and patience you showed with our students- it’s made their days”