Pupils ranging in age from 8 to 18 represented Swindon and west Wiltshire competing in 6 sports; Boccia, table cricket, new age kurling, polybat, indoor field athletics and track athletics.
The Panathlon Challenge is a national charity which works with Wiltshire and Swindon Sport to provide sporting opportunities for disabled young people. The competition ethos enables all abilities to take part.
The winning team were joined by students from Larkrise and, first time competitors, Fairfield Farm College. Alistair Moger from Larkrise said “The Panathlon was absolutely excellent. I thought it was really well organised and run. Thank you to all the people who worked so hard to get it sorted. One of his pupils also said “I have to say that was one of my best days ever.”
6th form students from Marlborough College were trained to officiate the sporting activities and to provide support to the athletes. Many of these sports were new to the leaders and they were keen to have a go -table cricket was a particular favorite. Their encouragement and enthusiastic support brought out the best in the athletes.
WASP would like to say a big thank you to James Tinney from Panathlon Challenge along with Chris Sugden and Paul Searle who made sure the event ran smoothly. Thank you also to David Armitage from Marlborough College who has played a key part in staging the event for the past 4 years and who is now sadly stepping down from this role.
Note: ** Green t Shirts – Uplands & Brimble Hill Schools ** Red t shirts – Larkrise & Fairfield Farm College ** Blue t shirts – Uplands School