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Bromsgrove youngsters fly the flag for Worcestershire in 'mini-Paralymics'

Anu Shukla 19th Nov, 2016

PUPILS from Chadsgrove School in Bromsgrove represented Worcestershire in a ‘mini Paralympics’ for disabled children in Birmingham.

Over 50 children with disabilities and special educational needs competed in the West Midlands Regional Panathlon Final at the Nechells Community Sports Centre.

The children engaged in sports including boccia, table cricket, polybat, new-age kurling and field athletics races.

Chadsgrove School finished fourth after playing against two Warwickshire teams.

Head of PE Carina Taylor said: “Panathlon gives the children the chance to be independent because they all get the chance to go off into their teams to do the sports they specialise in.

“They’re working as a team, developing their communication skills and having fun alongside other children with special needs.

“It’s not necessarily about winning – it’s about taking part in a competitive situation.

“Having a challenge is really important for them.”

Chadsgrove pupil Katie Hands, 11, said: “I love playing games. Boccia is my favourite because I love throwing the balls and I like polybat too.

“I finished second in the boccia.

“When I get home, I’m going to hang my medal up on the wall.”

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