Kavindu Ranasinghe and Robert Walter were named as joint winners of the first ever Wembley National Stadium Trust (WNST) Primary-Aged Achievers Award in 2014. The award was created to celebrate Panathlon’s youngest competitors.
It builds on the success of the Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Awards, which recognise the achievements of our secondary-aged competitors.
The second year saw Sophie Wood, of William Bellamy School, win the Wembley National Stadium Trust Outstanding Achievement Award. Sophie was persuaded to try sport through Panathlon three years ago and became an instant inspiration to other pupils who have a fear of trying new activities. She is now first on the list for the boccia club at school and volunteers as a young leader at a lunchtime sports club for the younger children.
In 2017, Aminata Kalokoh, an eight-year-old girl from Sierra Leone who suffers from severe physical and communication problems, won Panathlon’s Wembley National Stadium Trust 2017 ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award. Aminata was presented with her award at the Panathlon London and South East Primary Finals at the Copper Box Arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
In 2018, Troy McIntosh from Hackney received the Panathlon Outstanding Achievement Award for London. The eight-year-old, a pupil at St Paul’s with St Michael’s Primary School, received the award due to immense bravery in the face of his severe disabilities and personal tragedy. Troy received his award at the Copper Box Arena at the Olympic Park where his school mates were competing in 2018 London Primary Finals.
Last year in Merseyside ten-pin bowling prodigy Adam Rollason was awarded the Panathlon Outstanding Achievement, while Knowsley Central picked up the School of the Year accolade.
Our London Winner was Jack Courtney who was part of the team from Hook Lane Primary who competed in the London Primary Panathlon Plate Final at the prestigious Copper Box Arena – but few amongst the 140-strong field will have faced such adversity just to get to the venue as Jack. The Year 6 pupil from Welling in Kent is severely autistic and does not cope well with being outside or in unfamiliar surroundings. Travelling on public transport is especially difficult for him. He also has issues with his gross and fine motor skills.
Find out more about more about our award winners and their inspirational stories via the links below.
Primary Aged Achievers Award – Roll of Honour
Such is the success of these Primary Achievement Awards in London, we have extended them further and other awardees have been recognised around the country!
Birmingham – Mitchell Regan
Essex – Lenny Rush
Gloucestershire – Kitty Kerr
London – Troy Mcintosh
Tees Valley – Cole and Mason
West Yorkshire – Armaan Shahzad (Winner), Rehaan Hussain, Daanyaal Nadeem (Highly commended)