On the 29th April Panathlon visited David Llyod in Ipswich for the first of our Suffolk Semi Finals. It was a very close day with only 2 points separating second and first place. Some outstanding performances from Bury St Edmunds winning the Boccia, Table Cricket and Athletic Races and Barbergh impressed in the New Age Kurling, Polybat and Field Athletics. But it was Bury St Edmunds who managed to take home the gold. For a full set of results see here.

“Playing Polybat, gives me new skills and confidence in myself. Playing gives me freedom, a chance to achieve, I want to win Today”
-Harry from Hillside

“I made new friends with Reece from Priory school, who are part of our team today at last year’s Panathlon. I can’t wait to see him again today; we will be in the Kurling team together”
-Daniel from Riverwalk

“We enjoy Boccia, we did it last year in the Panathlon events, Both Summer and Holly have made friends with Ali through the Panathlon’s and want to go to the beach together”
-Summer and Holly from Beacon Hill

“Today is about children gaining confidence, they don’t have a lot of opportunities to compete, so today gives them a chance to part of a team, to be able to interact with others and to know how to win or lose. It all gives them confidence it brings them out of themselves. They throw themselves into the activities and realise they can do things in a different setting”
Clare Hale, Teach Beacon Hill

Callum, from Priory School in Bury St Edmunds “at school is a shy, quiet, reserved child who stays away from attention. Coming to Panathlon, it brings out of himself – he just lets go, he immerses himself in the Table Cricket, his team, his confidence in being included is brilliant.”