Jack Petchey Foundation extends support for Panathlon!
Jack Petchey Grants Officer Nikki Casey presented the cheque for £80, 676 to Panathlon co-ordinator Ashley Iceton at the first of the Essex Panathlon Semi-Finals, held at Braintree College on Thursday 25th April.
87 year old Jack Petchey said, “Panathlon is evidence that all young people can participate and achieve through sports regardless of their disability. These youngsters demonstrate that if you think you can, you really can! We look forward to seeing even more disabled young people taking part in the future.”
The Braintree competition was the first of two events that would determine which teams would compete in the Essex final on 26 June. In an incredibly tight competition, Southview School in Witham and the Tendring team, made up of Shorefields School from Clacton and Marketfields School from Elmstead Market, scored the same number of points to make it through to the final. In third place was Harlow Fields, narrowly beating Lexden Spring School who came fourth.
Special guest and UK wheelchair athlete Richard Chissario praised the work of the Panathlon volunteers and all the young people competing. “The youngsters involved are as passionate and competitive as able bodied kids, and it is great to see them enjoying themselves too.”
He also praised the support from the Jack Petchey Foundation and other charities that support the Panathlon competition. “I am disappointed with the Olympic legacy and there continues to be a lack of funding for Paralympians and Paralympic sports. I can’t speak highly enough of the donations from charities like the Jack Petchey Foundation and the incredible difference it makes to these young athletes lives.
”Braintree College provided young leaders to coordinate and officiate the different sporting events. Lecturer in sport at the college Steve Bartlett said, “Panathlon presents students with the opportunity to develop diverse leadership skills which are certainly transferrable to other aspects of their lives. They also gain hands on experience in a competitive event, meet new people, and have a fun time too.”
The second semi-final took place in Columbus College in Chelmsford, and was won by Beacon Hill School from Thurrock. They will be joined in the final by Oakview School of West Essex, who held off the challenge from Columbus School, and Castle View School, who finished 3rd and 4th respectively. The Essex final will be held at the Basildon Sports Village on Wednesday 26th June.
Meanwhile the London competition continues. Visit www.panathlon.com/results
to see the latest results from Essex, London and competitions further afield. We wish all the competitors the best of luck.
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