Young Londoners Aiming for Panathlon Glory


More than 200 disabled London school children are readying themselves for a ‘mini Paralympics’ in the shape of the London Panathlon Finals.

Pupils will take to London 2012’s Copper Box on 14 June, with Paralympic champion Liz Johnson there in support of schools including defending champions, Barking and Dagenham, runners-up Enfield, Croydon and Sutton.

Waltham Forest, Merton, Harrow and Bexley will also compete in the London Plate Final.

Panathlon ambassador and three-time Paralympic swimmer Johnson said: “Very few people get the chance to compete at such an iconic venue as the Copper Box Arena. Without Panathlon, many of these children wouldn’t get the chance to play any sport at all, so this is a precious opportunity for them.”

The finals are the pinnacle of a long and rewarding season of contests which have seen more than 1500 children from over 100 London schools compete for a place at the Copper Box finale.