Students win gold at inaugural panathlon games

Sixth Form sports leaders with students from Mowbray School and The Dales School taking part in the Panathlon Xtend event hosted at Richmond School and Sixth Form College.

Students from Mowbray School were delighted to be crowned gold medallists at the inaugural Panathlon Xtend event, hosted at Richmond School and Sixth Form College.

Four teams, from The Dales School and Mowbray School, took part in this new mini-paralympics-style competition which is designed for key stage 3 children.

The key stage 3 age group has been identified as an important time for children with special needs in sport, allowing them to take part and gain an appreciation of the activities that are offered in the Panathlon programmes.

At primary age, children are very keen to be involved in sport, however research shows that their interest and participation decreases as they reach secondary school.

The Panathlon Xtend is aimed to invigorate their enthusiasm and passion for the sporting opportunities that are available.

Val French, lead for panathlon in the North Yorkshire Inclusive Sports Partnership, said: “It has been really rewarding to see how the students have enjoyed this event, they have tried really hard and engaged with each other and also with the sports leaders who supported them.

“Once again, I am indebted to the Year 12 sports leaders who were fundamental to the smooth running and success of the day.”

The students competed in a wide range of sports, including table tennis, kurling, boccia and dodge ball.

The inclusive sporting activities have been hosted at Richmond School for five years, and are sponsored by Panathlon and LNER, without whom the events could not run.

Lynsey Carruthers, school games organiser and PE teacher, said: “It is always an honour for us to stage Panathlon events and we never have a shortage of sports leaders to volunteer.

“It is a great experience for them to lead the various activities and to help the students, demonstrating what they need to do and giving support and assurance when required.”