The Panathlon at East Point Academy in Lowestoft involved 4 teams from 5 schools and 43 disabled competitors with a range of abilities, physical impairments, Visual and Hearing and a range of learning difficulties.
19 Young Leaders, 11 from East Point Academy and 8 from Ashley School who have Moderate Learning Difficulties, provided Panathlon in Suffolk with excellent Leadership qualities and so impressive, they have been invited by Suffolk School Games to be part of the Finals Day at Bury St Edmonds.
Young Leaders thoughts -Jade Hurren – Field Athletics leader from Ashley
” I really enjoyed all of the Panathlon, the Training from Howard, the 4 different Field events and then I got to demonstrate the Athletic races. I hope we can do this again.”
Ben Salmon – Polybat leader from East Point “I can’t believe how competitive the children were, the Games they got to play were so cool, and how enthusiastic they all were.”
Other positive feedback from teachers was,
” This was brilliant, these children have never been out of school as a team , it is the first time we have seen Table Cricket, Boccia and Polybat. We can’t wait for Panathlon to do something up this way again.” Lead Teacher Pakefield High School Lee Dowson
“Thanks to Panathlon, we can’t believe the day our children have had both competitors and our leaders. The team concept is important aspect of our learning, winning it was great and the medals wow” Lead Teacher – Jackie Milton – The Ashley School
Special awards were made to the best achievers from each team – the winners were:
The East Point School – Rikishi Thompson
The Ashley – Ines Santos
Bungay – Evan Stewart
The Warren – Lewis Manchip
Pakefield – James Walters