Team Thurrock – consisting of competitors from Beacon Hill Academy, Treetops School and Harris Academy Chafford Hundred – were today crowned 2016 Essex Panathlon champions.

Seventy-three competitors from seven schools competed at Basildon Sports Village and the action was very tense as the teams from Harlow, Oakview and Southview & Doucecroft tried to dethrone Thurrock, who also won the title in 2015.

Early wins in table cricket and kurling saw the joint team from Southview & Doucecroft take an early lead and put pressure on Thurrock, who responded with a win in boccia and a second place in polybat.

However, the defending champions’ strength in athletics proved crucial, as they won both the field athletics and combined races to win in the end by eight points.  The full results are shown here.

Today’s young leaders were from Great Baddow High School (pictured below right) and did an amazing job. They are always reliable, enthusiastic and skillful. Thanks again to you all!1D2A9507

Earlier this term, the two semi-finals saw today’s finalists qualify after tough competitions, which included some national records being set by Brandon Morris, but unfortunately today he missed bettering his javelin and shot put records by very small margins.

Brandon Mullin, Head of Sport at Beacon Hill, said: “It’s fantastic to retain our trophy and Essex champions title, but it was more competitive than ever before. The strength of competition grows year on year, so it is tougher and tougher to stay on top. Panathlon is brilliant, as it improves our standards (and all the standards in Essex schools) year on year.”

There is a gallery of pictures to see here below if you click on the image. Photos from Sandra Rowse.


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