Seventy-two primary aged children from 10 schools in Tower Hamlets enjoyed a Panathlon competition at Poplar Leisure Centre today.
Nine sports were played by all the competitors and after a tightly fought contest, the Halley School came out on top by a single point from Malmesbury School in second and St. Mary’s & St. Michael’s School in 3rd.
The co-ordinating teacher for Halley School said, “It has been a really successful day with all the children able to give their best and show some fabulous skills. We’re really proud to win, but everyone here today is a winner.”
This was echoed by the runners up Malmesbury School who said,“It has been a very well organised event with lots of different activities which are suitable for a wide range of abilities of all the children involved.”
They went on to praise the adult support which was provided by volunteers from BlueBay Asset Management, who guided the young competitors through all the sports and went on to award medals and trophies at the end. They said,“There was very helpful adult support for all the sports which encouraged our children to do their best.”
Neil Sills, one of our volunteer leaders said,“Everyone from BlueBay really enjoyed volunteering at the Tower Hamlets Para sports day with Panathlon. The enthusiasm and enjoyment on the faces of the children was fantastic to see!”
Lyndsay Johnson from Ben Jonson Primary School said enthusiastically, “It is fantastic to have a range of sports that suits everyone’s needs and the coaches were all experienced and very friendly.”
The results overall were-
1st Halley (Light Blue t-shirts) 66 Points
2nd Malmesbury (Red) 65 Points
3rd St Marys & St Michael (Orange) 62 Points
Virginia (Black) 58 Points
Stebon & Globe combined (White) 58 Points
Ben Jonson (Dark Blue) 58 Points
Marner (Green) 53 Points
Old Ford (Purple) 52 Points
Marion Richardson (Pink) 49 Points
Panathlon would like to thank Claudine Rausch from the Tower Hamlets Support for Learning Service and Shenneth and the Sports Development team for their help and support with schools and the venue.
Pauline from the Sports Development Team said, “It is wonderful to see so many children enjoying and having fun competing in the wide variety of sports on offer and it’s great to work in partnership with Panathlon and their volunteers to make the event successful.”
Thanks again to the 13 volunteers from BlueBay Asset Management for giving up their time to assist.
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