Previously in January, we had delivered our Young Officials Course, for 34 students from the University of Portsmouth,  to officiate at this weeks full Panathlon competition, see here for more info on that day.

So this week (17th March) the student leaders had the chance to use the skills they learnt in January for the first Portsmouth Panathlon. 41 students from four schools came to Mountbatten Leisure Centre to battle it out to be the first Portsmouth winners. They all competed in a range of activities, including boccia, new age kurling, table cricket and polybat.

Our first ever winners in Portsmouth, came ‘down to the wire’ with the final relay races deciding the overall result, but it was Baycroft School who took Gold ahead of Hollywater School, Mary Rose School and Osborne School respectively. For a full set of results see here.

The student leaders officiated each of the events as part of their University placement and showed great enthusiasm throughout the day. We look forward to working with the University again in the future to create more opportunities for the local disabled school children in the Portsmouth area.

Some of the feedback received included,

“We had a great day and all of our students have already been asking when the next event will be. It’s been really good as it integrated all of our kids and introduced them to a range of new sports.” -Kirsty Troughton, Teacher at Mary Rose School.

“Today we brought a different group of students along who wouldn’t normally represent the school in sporting competition and they’ve had a great day and picked up a gold medal each!” – Karen Leech, Teacher at Baycroft School.”

“One of students who we didn’t think would be able to take part in any sport surprised us all today by competing in both the wheelchair slalom and table cricket.  She has had so much fun and will have plenty to talk about back at school and home.” -Sue Kirby, Teacher at Hollywell


Thank you to Garfield Weston and Portsmouth School Sports Partnership for all your support

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