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School Sport: Silver for Havering at Panathlon final

PUBLISHED: 11:33 19 March 2015 | UPDATED: 12:55 19 March 2015

Marshalls Park pupil Declan Smethurst (pic: Andrew Fosker/Seconds Left Images)

Marshalls Park pupil Declan Smethurst (pic: Andrew Fosker/Seconds Left Images)

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Borough finish second in East London tournament

Havering, represented by pupils from Hall Mead and Marshalls Park Schools, finished second in the plate competition at the East London Panathlon Final.

The event for disabled schoolchildren consits of six events and the borough took gold in the boccia and silver in the kurling, polybat and field athletics.

They added to their medal tally with bronze in the athletics relays and also finished fourth in the table cricket.

Their results overall saw them finish just behind champions Newham but above Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets in the final standings.

Marshalls Park student Declan Smethurst was thrilled to have been given the opportunity to compete in the event.

“I like sports and I like taking part in Panathlon. I’m did the long jump, javelin and running,” said Smethurst.

“I like running the most. It’s nice to represent the school.”

Sport Development Officer Joe Playle praised the competition for giving children the opportunity compete for Havering.

“It gives some of the kids in our borough who wouldn’t normally get chance in the other mainstream sports to come and represent their borough,” said Playle.

“They compete at their level and really have fun and enjoy what they do. We’ve got kids who’ve done this for four or five years in a row and they love coming back every year.”

Playle also said that he is looking to expand disability sports within the borough.

“We’ve tried incorporating local events in Havering so we can get as many children competing as possible.

“We then use those as a selection process for Panathlon, so we’re giving children a stepping stone to representing the borough.

“It gives them something to strive to and gives an end product to their competitions locally.”

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