In­spi­ra­tional Kavindu wins Panathlon trophy

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A DIS­ABLED boy from Hilling­don has been hailed as ‘in­spi­ra­tional’ as he was named the young par­tic­i­pant of the year in the Panathlon Chal­lenge – a ‘mini Par­a­lympics’ for chil­dren.

Kavindu Ranas­inghe, 10, who has cere­bral palsy with spas­tic quadriple­gia, was named as co-win­ner of the Wem­b­ley Na­tional Sta­dium Trust Pri­ma­ryAged Achievers Award.

He col­lected his award in the shadow of the sta­dium’s iconic arch at Pow­er­league Wem­b­ley, where the Panathlon Foot­ball Cup Fi­nals were be­ing played.

Lor­raine Veck, dis­abil­ity sports co­or­di­na­tor at Cote­ford Ju­nior School, in Fore Street, Eastcote, where Kavindu is a pupil, said: “Kavindu is just such an in­spi­ra­tion.

“We’re very proud of him.”

Ro­hitha Ranas­inghe, Kavindu’s fa­ther, said: “We are very proud of Kavindu. He en­joys Panathlon.

“He might not do very well but he still gets to take part and he en­joys it. His con­fi­dence has grown and he is quite com­pet­i­tive.

“He wants to go faster, but his elec­tric wheel­chair won’t go any faster!”

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