Corby students win silver at mini paralympics

Corby Business Academy student Ryan McDade competes in a relay race at the Stoke Mandeville Panathlon Challenge
Corby Business Academy student Ryan McDade competes in a relay race at the Stoke Mandeville Panathlon Challenge

Disabled pupils from Corby took part in a special edition of the Panathlon Challenge at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic Games.

The pupils from Corby Business Academy joined others from Billing Brook School, Northampton, to represent the county at their first ever Panathlon, a mini paralympics for children.

They took part in a range of sports, including boccia, polybat, football and new age kurling. Northamptonmshire won the table cricket and athletics field events before finishing second overall.

The team was pipped at the post by Oxfordshire in the last event of the day, the athletics relay races.

Nikki Clark, special educational needs teacher at Corby Business Academy, said: “It was a great day. The children really engaged, enjoyed all of the activities and loved the fact that they all got medals.”

Panathlon is a registered charity which provides multi-sport competition for more than 3,000 disabled children each year.

The mini paralympics comprised of two competitions, one for returning teams and one for Panathlon first-timers, and 162 children from 11 schools across seven counties took part.

Corby student Ryan McDade, 13, who has cerebral palsy, competed in the slalom and relay races, helping his team to win the silver medal.

He said: “I really enjoyed it. I was very nervous before I started, but I got two medals so the hard work paid off.

“We all worked so hard for this and we came second. I’m so happy.”