Hartlepool youngsters were overjoyed when they were crowned the first Panathlon Challenge North East champions.
The town was represented by Springwell School, who were declared winners of the North East Finals when they took part in the ‘mini Paralympics’ challenge involving more than 30 disabled children.
The team scored 54 points to be declared winners of the North East Finals at Eston Leisure Centre in Middlesbrough, which were staged by the charity as part of its drive to open up competitive sport to young disabled people.
Panathlon Challenge competitions include six events, all played with adaptive equipment to open up participation to more people.
Gateshead, represented by Cedars Academy, came second on 50 points, with Durham represented by The Oaks School coming third on 40.
Lucas said: “I really enjoyed it and I love my medal. I can’t wait to show my mum.”
Scott Mallabar, PE Coordinator at Springwell School, said: “We love how inclusive this competition is. We can bring so many children of different abilities and they’ll all be equally active. It’s very well organised and relaxed, and the team leaders did a great job. It’s good to be the winners, too.”
Nineteen team leaders from Year 9 at Northfield School and Sports College in Stockton helped the youngsters compete in various sporting challenges including, boccia, new-age kurling, table cricket, field athletics and races, with adaptive equipment to maximise participation.
Springwell School provides many opportunities for children of all abilities to represent the school in competitive sport.
We take part in the following competitions;
HUCSF Penalty Competition
Tag Rugby - Year 5/6
Sports Hall Athletics - Year 5/6
Basketball - Year 5/6
Cross Country - Year 3-6
Netball - Year 5/6
Athletics - Year 5/6
Cricket - Year 5
Golf - Year 5/6
Table Tennis – Year 5/6 and Pan Disability
Swimming Gala – Year 5/6
Fun Swimming Gala – Year 5/6
Swimming – Year 5/6 and Disability Inclusive
Inclusive Athletics – Year 5/6
Another fantastic cluster competition!!
The school netball team enjoyed an afternoon playing against other schools. The team showed determination and after some tough games they developed confidence and starting scoring some great points. The children had lots of fun playing Netball and being active!
Northern Panathlon Finals
Scott Mallabar, PE coordinator at second-placed Springwell from Hartlepool (supported by Tees Valley Sport and Tees Valley Community Foundation), reflected: “The kids are not only working hard for themselves, but working together effectively, putting strategies and tactics into place.
“There are wheelchair users and able-bodied kids here, it’s so inclusive. These are always great events and we really look forward to them.”
Springwell student Leland Dack competes in Boccia
Springwell pupil Leland Dack, nine, said: “It’s so much fun. It’s so enjoyable. I definitely don’t want to miss out on the next one. My favourite event is the Boccia. I’ve just had my bedroom decorated, so I can’t wait to hang up my medal on the wall.”