Joseph Rowntree in North of England Panathlon Finals

Posted: Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:56

Joseph Rowntree in North of England Panathlon Finals

Joseph Rowntree School in York represented North Yorkshire in the recent North of England Panathlon finals.

Defending champions Calderdale took the Panathlon North of England Multisport Champion crown again in a keenly-fought final held at Fulford School, York, on Thursday.

York, represented by North Yorkshire regional winners Joseph Rowntree School in York, played in green and were supported by many parents and family members as the local team.

Adrian Willis, watching grandson Rhys Willis, 12, compete, said: "There's so much camaraderie between the teams. It's particularly great to see them shaking hands after each event, and congratulating each other."

Rhys's dad Owen Willis added: "Rhys really struggles to socialise in school, so to see him so relaxed and enjoying himself here is great. We've been to quite a few Panathlon events now and they're very well run. Everyone has smiles on their faces; they obviously enjoy it."

York came a close second but Team Leader Barry Cornforth said the day was as much about "team-building, socialising, improving communication skills, self-esteem and confidence," as it was about the result.

He added: "We have 13 students here, from Years 7 to 11. If they're not competing they're on the sidelines supporting each other, which is great to see."

Joseph Rowntree pupil Cohen Martin, 11, was competing in his first Panathlon and said: "I can't wait to go back and tell my friends about it!"

He added: "I was really nervous this morning because I thought it was going to be hard. But we won all three games of New Age Kurling and I did the longest standing long jump. I want to come again next time!"

The event was presided over by 22 Year 10 GCSE PE students from event hosts Fulford School. James Shutt, Head of PE, said: "I had twice as many students who wanted to take part.

"It's a great experience for them to connect with kids with disabilities – they get as much out of it as those competing. They've had a fabulous time and, as well as being a useful life experience, it's valuable leadership experience which will help in their university and job applications."

Student leaders Izzie Mills and Ben Plevey, both 14, said they had really enjoyed officiating the event. "I didn't expect to get on so well with the people taking part," added Izzie. Ben said: "It was good watching the smiles on everyone's faces, especially when they won!"

The event was won by the team from Calderdale.

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