Whilst Panathlon’s main ethos is about providing sporting opportunities for all and achieving through teamwork, we also like to recognise the outstanding achievements of some of our individual competitors.
In 2009 we created our Outstanding Achievement Award in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation in London and Essex, who provide grants to projects that benefit young people aged 11 to 25 and have been a supporter of Panathlon for over a decade, investing over a million pounds in that time.
Each year after a nomination and a short-listing process, the final nominees are invited to John Lewis Stratford City in the Olympic Gallery Suite, for our high profile awards ceremony.
In November 2017 we developed the Awards and presented not only the Outstanding Achievement Awards as per list below, but also created new awards – the Outstanding Leader of the Year Award and the Outstanding Sports Performance of the year award.
In 2018, James Hillier went away with the blue riband Outstanding Achiever award, Harry Botwell took home the Sporting Achievement prize, and Kinza Yasin and Piravien Chandrarajan picked up Highly Commended awards from the Jack Petchey Foundation judges. Read all about them here.
This year Mercedes Jacdonmi (left) won the overall Outstanding Achievement Award for not only her talent as an athlete – which was first sparked by Panathlon –but also her remarkable tenacity, positive attitude and keenness to help others – all despite the huge setback of becoming severely visually impaired at the age of eight.
The Sporting Achievement Award Winner went to Erin O’Flaherty and the Young Leader Award went to Thilacshan Ravendran – read their stories here. A special recognition award was also made to Sidnay Nandingua from Ickburgh School. Sidnay has a global developmental delay, speech and language difficulties, and since taking part in Panathlon he has become much more confident at dealing with and overcoming any challenges he faces.
Further information on our awards ceremony is available via our the links in each year below.
Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Awards – Roll of Honour
2019 – Mercedes Jacdonmi
2018 – James Hillier
2017 – Abby-Jo Wawrzewski
2016 – Ethan-Beau Howes
2015 – Georgina Hart
2014 – Faizan Bidiwala
2013 – Hannah Olateju
2012 – Mahfuz Ahmad
2011 – Zack Livings
2010 – Divya Hirani
2009 – Samuel Harkaoui
Such is the success of these Outstanding Achievement Awards in London and Essex, we extended them further and other awardees have been recognised around the country!