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Panathlon event is an inspiration to students

14 October 2019  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

We are proud to host and support the Panathlon Challenge, a mini-paralympics, for primary and secondary students with special needs.  In our fifth year working with Panathlon we were delighted to host the primary event recently and are pleased to welcome Emily Treweek, Year 13 student, to report on the event. This is the fourth Panathlon I have been involved in and every time I am blown away by the enthusiasm of both the leaders and the children that attend. At the October event, four teams from Mowbray School took part and later in the afternoon another Panathlon was held at the Dales School in Morton-on-Swale. https://www.panathlon.com/ We are proud to host and support the Panathlon Challenge, a mini-paralympics, for primary and secondary students with special needs.  In our fifth year working with Panathlon we were delighted to host the primary event recently and are pleased to welcome Emily Treweek, Year 13 student, to report on the event. This is the fourth Panathlon I have been involved in and every time I am blown away by the enthusiasm of both the leaders and the children that attend. At the October event, four teams from Mowbray School took part and later in the afternoon another Panathlon was held at the Dales School in Morton-on-Swale. This Panathlon was held for primary school children and 10 Richmond Sixth Form leaders helped to run the day as smoothly as possible. Leading these events is a huge learning curve for the sports leaders as they have to learn to adapt activities on the spot to suit the needs of the child. The event is hugely beneficial for the children as they have to put their team-working skills in to practice and learn to interact with others. A spark was initially ignited in me when I tail ran in a primary cross-country race with a 10-year-old girl who has Down’s syndrome. This spark then grew bigger and bigger through helping at Panathlons, so much so that I completed my Year 12 work experience week at Mowbray School. I am hoping to complete a gap year working at a variety of different disability sports events. After this, my aim is to study a sports physical education degree with the hope of becoming a PE teacher in a special educational needs school in the future.  Emily Treweek, Year 13 student For further information on the Panathlon Challenge click here 

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