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Calderdale win regional Panathlon again

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Posted 25th October 2017

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

Calderdale triumphed over teams representing North Yorkshire, Gateshead and Newcastle at the event, superbly officiated by PE students from Fulford School.

The Calderdale team was made up of pupils from Brighouse High School and Brooksbank School. They were delighted with their win, which was also cheered enthusiastically by members of the other teams during the presentation ceremony.

Di Kirby, PE Instructor from Brighouse High School, said: “It’s just amazing to see the youngsters having so much fun. Many of them don’t get the chance to compete in a mainstream school and so this is fantastic.

“We’re a competitive bunch so we were very keen to be Northern Champions again. Just look at everyone’s faces – you can see how proud they are!”

Brooksbank pupil Liam Calder, 12, said: “It’s brilliant to win – it’s been two times now and I want to win next year, too. I hope I’ll be running again because that’s my favourite part.”

Brighouse High student Bea Badilla, 13, added: “I didn’t think we were going to win because the other sides were really good. But everyone wanted to come first again and we did our best.”

Calderdale’s Billie Lambert, of Brighouse School, was ceremonially presented with a Yorkshire Children of Courage award during the Panathlon presentations. She originally received the Yorkshire Child of Courage Sporting Achievement prize at the event sponsored by St. James’s Place, in Leeds on Friday night.

Billie, 14, defied a visual impairment to establish herself among athletes at local running club the Halifax Harriers, who initially had no idea of her disability. She also competes at national level in Freestyle, Street, Contemporary and Rock and Roll dance competitions.

She said: “I’m quite embarrassed by things like this but it makes me very proud, too.”

A full gallery of photos from the day is available HERE.

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