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The JCB Group supports Kent Penathlon for a 3rd year


Kent Penathlon's Sheppey & Sittingbourne team won the recent Kent Panathlon Final by the narrowest of possible margins!

They triumphed over the Canterbury team with 50 points and 3 individual sport wins.

Jerome Xavier, head of P.E. from Meadowfield school representing Sheppey & Sittingbourne was delighted with the win. “Panathlon is a great competition and fantastic for our students. We come to every Panathlon competition and it is the highlight of the P.E. year."

“We have been runners up twice in recent years so to win for the first time ever is a massive boost for the students. We can’t wait to make the next step up to represent Kent at the regional finals against other winning counties next term.”

The JCB Group has proudly supported this initiative over recent years with team shirts and vehicles to support the charity transport.

The four teams taking part in the Kent final represented 4 unique areas:

  • Canterbury - represented by St Anselms
  • Gravesham - represented by Ifield and Helen Alison schools
  • Shepway - represented by The Beacon
  • Sheppey & Sittingbourne - represented by Meadowfield

Meadowfield's star player, Dennis Kingston, has been participating successfully in Panathlon for the past 6 years. This year he was taking part for the last time as a competitor as he is leaving school to go to college. He will be returning as a Young Leader next year to help others take part. Dennis said, “It’s been fantastic competing in Panathlon over the years and I’m excited to start my journey as a leader and official next year. I won a silver medal today to add to my collection.” Congratulations Dennis!

Millie Knight, the triple medal winning Paralympian from the last winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang was present and inspired the young competitors by showing everyone her 3 Paralympic medals.

The sports included in Panathlon are; boccia, kurling, field athletics, polybat and table cricket. Young Leaders from the Malling School helped referee and support competitors. Eliza Wopling, a year 12 student at the Malling School who is studying for her BTEC in Sport said, “It is fantastic working beside the competitors and it is very rewarding seeing the joy and excitement on their faces. I consider myself very lucky to have been given the amazing opportunity to be a Panathlon Young Leader.”

All in all this event seems to have been yet another success for Panathlon. We are delighted that this event goes from strength to strength and are pleased to support such a worthy organisation.

Find out more about Panathlon here.