Calderdale continued their oustanding run in Panathlon competitions by winning their fourth consecutive West Yorkshire Panathlon Challenge.
Students with disabilities and special needs from Brooksbank High School and Brighouse High School took the spoils again with a dominant performance, seeing off competition from Leeds, Wakefield and Kirklees on a fantastic day of sporting action involving 70 young people at Huddersfield Leisure Centre.
Calderdale’s victory total was 44 points, with a close battle for second place going down to the flat athletics races, with the Kirklees team nudging out Wakefield by two points, 40 to 38.
Calderdale – 44
Kirklees Yellow – 40
Wakefield – 38
Leeds – 30
Kirklees Purple – 30
“What a fantastic event this is,” said Calderdale SGO Lead Colin Crowther.
“It’s just brilliant for the kids and it’s all about their camaraderie. Panathlon has generated a tradition of success which children across Calderdale want to be part of.”
The event was ran by volunteer students from Kirkburton High and Newsome High Schools. Leaders from Brighouse attended the day as officials, including three members of the Calderdale North Divisional champions in the secondary age group. One of them was Billie Lambert, who was also a St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation Yorkshire Courage award winner.
Billie said: “It was great to help out as a leader rather than being a competitor. It was good to work with the young ones and inspirational to see them wanting to succeed, whilst being proud to represent their school. I am sure some will be in the Calderdale Secondary team and continue the success we have had.”
Calderdale is also an advocate for younger SEN students to continue development in Panathlon after a Calderdale-wide Primary Panathlon was held in Halifax with nine teams and 74 children participating.
St Augustine’s warmed up for their victory in the Yorkshire wide Primary Finals with an overwhelming win, while Savile Park put in a sterling effort to finish second.
Lucy Wall, Events Officer at organisers Yorkshire Sport Foundation said: “It was an absolute honour having Panathlon as part of our School Games programme once again. Calderdale over the years has certainly raised the standard, not only in the West region but also across the whole of Yorkshire. These days are so competitive.”
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