School Games success for Brighouse High School pupils

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Brighouse High School helped Calderdale achieve a gold standard at the inaugural Panathlon finals of this year’s West Yorkshire School Games.

Along with Ravenscliffe High School, Brighouse High ensured Calderdale finished first in the paralympic style sporting competition for youngsters with disabilities, which was held for the first time as part of the 2015 West Yorkshire Sainsbury’s School Games.

Almost 50 pupils from schools in Leeds, Calderdale, Bradford, Kirklees and Wakefield took part in the finals at North Bridge Leisure Centre, which was run by charity Panathlon Challenge.

The young people competed in table cricket, boccia, new age kurling, polybat and a variety of disability field athletics activities.

In second place was Leeds while third place went to Kirklees and fourth place to Bradford.

Nigel Harrison, chief executive of West Yorkshire Sport, which organises the Games, said: “This was the first time we’ve incorporated a dedicated disability sports event into the School Games in West Yorkshire and it was huge success. Not only did the young people have a great time competing in sports like new age kurling and polybat but the event also raised awareness of disability sport.

“We’re committed to increasing opportunities for young disadvantaged and disabled people to be able to enjoy competitive sport and hope to repeat the Panathlon finals at next year’s School Games.”

Panathlon is one of eight sporting finals which make up the 2015 West Yorkshire School Games programme.

The other competitions to feature are Sportshall Athletics, badminton, trampolining, Futsal, kwik cricket and the multi-sport winter and summer finals.