Harrow children win Champions Final of Panathlon Challenge disabled games

Disabled children from Harrow won in the Champions final of the North London Panathlon Challenge

Disabled children from Harrow won in the Champions final of the North London Panathlon Challenge

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Young people from Harrow triumphed in a sporting competition for the capital’s disabled schoolchildren.

Teams of children from Harrow won in the Champions final of the North London Panathlon Challenge.

The borough, London champions in last year’s games, won in table cricket, polybat, track and field athletics at the Sobell Leisure Centre in Islington, beating second-placed Enfield, who won in boccia and new age kurling.

They will go on to face joint winners of the Plate final Brent at the Olympic Park in June.

Janine Edwards, from Whitmore School in Harrow, said: “"It is fantastic to be able to defend our title in the summer and we're delighted to be going to the Olympic Park in order to do it."

Legendary wheelchair basketball player and Panathlon patron Louise Sugden said: “It's just great to see so many children, a lot of whom wouldn't normally have the opportunity to play competitive sport, competing in such a friendly and supportive atmosphere. There was a real buzz around the whole place.”

The games are run by the Panathlon Foundation, which has been running competitive activities for young disabled people since 1999 and will invest more than £250,000 in sports equipment and coaching funds across London, Kent, Surrey, Essex and other areas in 2014.

More than 1,500 disabled young people will be involved in London Panathlon competitions this year and will benefit from coaching grants, equipment provision and 20 sports competitions.

www.panathlon.com

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