Young­sters do town proud

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Team Ash­ford can now brag a tro­phy tre­ble af­ter re­tain­ing the county cham­pi­ons ti­tle at the 2013 Kent Panathlon Chal­lenge, writes SA­MAN­THA WIL­LIAMS.

The Panathlon is an event for young dis­abled chil­dren and was held at the Med­way Park.

And even though Ash­ford’s team, which is made up of pupils from the Wyvern School and The John Wal­lis Acad­emy, claimed the win­ning ti­tle for the third year in a row, it was a close call for the ath­letes who were trail­ing by two points when they en­tered into the re­lay races – the fi­nal event of the day.

Luck­ily, they man­aged to se­cure a vic­tory and added the 2013 win­ning ti­tle to their 2012 and 2011 wins.

Wa­ter polo player Sean King, who rep­re­sented TeamGB at the Olympics in Lon­don, was on hand to present the win­ners with their medals

He said:“I was hooked last sum­mer, like most of the coun­try with the Par­a­lympic Games and it’s great to see so many kids here tak­ing part in sport. As I gave one of the kids their medal, he cried out, ‘we’ve done it.’

“It’s great to see peo­ple en­joy­ing sport.”

RE­PEAT SUC­CESS: The Ash­ford team who re­tained their panathlon crown

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