31 Mar Panathlon Team 2017
On Tuesday 21st March, Mr Kilminster and I had the pleasure of accompanying five JRCS students who were part of the Borough Panathlon Team for 2017 (also known as The Dream Team, pictured above) to the second round of the competition which took place at the University of East London SportsDock.
The borough team was competing against three other East London boroughs, Newham, Redbridge, and Hackney. This was a tough competition as only one of these teams would go through to the London Champions Final at the Copper Box. Fortunately, everyone had been training hard, and the JRCS students came away with four gold medals and one silver making a major contribution to the team’s success as a whole.
The first gold came courtesy of Reece and Victor, the borough wheelchair slalom team. They both did incredibly well with consistently fast times, Victor even did a personal best of just over 38 seconds. The next gold for JRCS came from Georgina Hart who achieved a near perfect score alongside her partner Reagan in the precision bean bag competition. Tristan was ecstatic with his gold medal which he won as part of the new age kurling team. Sophie came home with a very creditable silver after some very close games in the table top cricket. Victor and Reece also took part in the wheelchair races at the end of the competition and played their part extremely well in some tense relay races.
I would like to congratulate all the students who took part for their excellent behaviour and sportsmanship on the day, here are a few words from them expressing their feelings about the Panathlon competition:
‘Hard work pays off’ – Victor
‘I really enjoyed it, seeing my friends again from other schools’ – Georgina
We are excited and nervous about going to the Copper Box in June’ – Victor
‘I am speechless’ – Sophie
‘I’m proud of us all’ – Reece
‘I’m happy about winning because this is my first gold medal’ – Tristan
A big thank you also to Mr Kilminster for his support and help with organising the team. Wish us luck at the Copper Box on 15th June!