Riverwalk take part in the first ever Panathlon event

ALL SMILES: A Riverwalk pupil enjoying her event
ALL SMILES: A Riverwalk pupil enjoying her event
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Pupils from Bury St Edmunds’ Riverwalk School took part in the first ever East of England Primary Panathlon and claimed a sixth place overall finish.

The team of seven pupils, aged from seven to eight, were among 40 pupils from six schools across four counties to compete in the ‘mini Paralympics’ for children event at The College at Braintree.

Competing in a series of team challenges which build foundation skills in a range of Panathlon sports for five to 11-year-olds, Riverwalk performed well including finishing second in the new age kurling event and third in the volleybat event on their way to a sixth place finish, with Essex-based Doucecroft School winning the event.

The Primary Panathlon programme was launched in 2013 and creates a sporting pathway for disabled young people aged five to 11, many of whom would otherwise not have access to any competitive sport and is on target to create a sporting pathway for over 5,700 disabled people of primary school age across England by the end of the year.