School Sport: Redbridge second in Panathlon
PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 March 2015
Andrew Fosker 2015
Youngsters narrowly miss out on East London glory
Pupils from Little Heath and Seven Kings Schools helped Redbridge finish second at the East London Panathlon final.
The 2014 plate champions narrowly missed out on winning the cup competition this year as Barking & Dagenham won by just two points.
The borough also competed with Islington and Hackney in the six-sport event for disabled schoolchildren.
Redbridge took gold in boccia and table cricket and finished joint-first with Barking in the athletics relays.
The youngsters secured a silver in kurling and polybat and finished fourth in field athletics.
Seven Kings pupil Zishan Rahman said the event made him feel proud to represent the borough.
“It feels kind of good to be representing the school and Redbridge. I like being on the team and playing polybat,” said Rahman
“We played two games of polybat, the first one we lost but the second one we won. That feels good!”
Seven Kings teacher Martin Owers said the event was extremely important to the young competitors.
“For the pupils Panathlon means everything. It’s one of the best opportunities for pupils with disabilities to take part in competitive sport,” said Owers.
“it gives them something to work towards. They attend the clubs and they train to win their place in the team. It’s fantastic for confidence, for
“An awful lot of these children wouldn’t have access to competitive sport without Panathlon. Everybody should have a right to play sport, no matter what their ability or disability”
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