Successful Secondary Merseyside Panathlon Challenge


On 18th March, we were privileged to welcome the 51 disabled secondary school pupils who took part in the Merseyside Panathlon Challenge. Panathlon Challenges happen throughout the country, featuring sports such as boccia, table tennis, table cricket, football and sports hall athletics for children with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities. The multi-sport competition requires them to work as teams, representing their borough.
Lynne Brown, Teaching Assistant at Sandfield Park School said:
“Our pupils really enjoy coming to this event to take part in a whole range of sports which they are familiar with from school. Panathlon encourages the children to mix with others and get recognition for their achievements but most of all it is good fun!”

Ian Magill, Teaching Assistant at Woodchurch High School added:
“It’s fantastic for the children to have an opportunity to represent their county and get a taste of competitive sport – win or lose, it’s a great achievement.”

The day was made extra special through the involvement of Paralympian swimmer Liz Johnson, who presented the medals on behalf of Panathlon Challenge. As a Panathlon Ambassador, Liz helped to run the event and even measured the children’s javelin throws.

Liz commented:
“I have gained so much from sport including many fabulous experiences. Panathlon provides an opportunity for disabled children to mix with others and experience competition; which is so important. With the way that the event is structured, every person in the team matters and has a contribution to make to the final points score. Participation in sport sets you up for life, and every child should be encouraged to get involved.”

Panathlon provides sporting opportunities for over 5,000 disabled young people each year. Over 400 schools took part in the charity’s 84 ‘mini Paralympic’ competitions in 2013/14, with 35,000 active hours of sport provided to disabled children. Panathlon currently reaches 23 counties and all 32 London boroughs and continues to grow nationwide, with 30 counties set to be involved by 2017.

The event was won by Woodchurch High School, representing the borough of Wirral. Congratulations to the Wirral team, and to all players who took part.

Winners, Wirral celebrate their victory with Liz Johnson (left)

Winners, Wirral celebrate their victory with Liz Johnson (left)