22 Jun Panathlon
On Thursday 16th June, five students from Jo Richardson took part in the Panathlon London Champions final at the Copper Box in the Olympic Park. The borough team had already beaten three other East London boroughs to get to this competition. The three boroughs we were competing against, Croydon, Merton and Enfield who were also champions from their areas. Competition was fierce right from the start, but Victor Oso 7H and Reece Ward 8F managed to beat the Enfield team by just two seconds gaining Gold medals. Sophie Wood 7B was part of the Table Cricket team, who lost their first match but battled through in their pay off match to a respectable Bronze medal. Georgina Hart, alongside her Trinity team mate Reagan gave a steady performance in precision bean bag gaining a Silver medal. Tristan Filbert 7A was part of the New Age Kurling team and was part of some very tense matches in this competition, which resulted in a Silver medal.
Going into the final races Barking and Dagenham were just two points ahead of Enfield, so there was still all to play for. After some very close racing Barking and Dagenham won three of the five races, gaining the maximum ten points, making them borough champions for a second year running! The trophy was presented by GB Paralympian track wheelchair athlete, Richard Chiassaro. Richard spent quite a while talking with our wheelchair athletes, Reece and Victor, and said that they were his heroes as he hadn’t won a Gold medal yet this year!
Congratulations to our five students and the whole of the borough team from schools across Barking and Dagenham, can we make it a hatrick next year? Many thanks also go to Mr Kilminster who also supported the team on the day, and often helps with Panathlon training.