A group of seven Mary Hare Primary pupils headed off to the Panathlon Deaf National Primary Swim Finals on January 16th 2020 and were delighted to come first winning the gold medal.
The event took place at the London Aquatics Centre which hosted the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Mary Hare Primary swimmers were up against other Primary Schools for the deaf and took part in a number of events including freestyle relay, individual medleys, a raft race and a sinking and floating treasure hunt.
The pupils at the Primary School have weekly swimming lessons as part of their curriculum which take place in the heated indoor swimming pool based on the Secondary School site. For many pupils, these lessons are the highlight of the week and for others they encourage a passion for the sport which is often then taken further as a competitive sport as they move into Seconday School.
The Panathlon Challenge is a national charity that provides sporting opportunities for disabled children gaining support from sponsors such as Garfield Weston and St James's Place, both of whom have been regular supporters of Mary Hare School.
Mary Hare Primary is very proud to be part of The Panathlon Challenge, realising the importance of deaf children having as many competitive sporting opportunities as possible which builds their confidence, resilience and love of sports.
To read the article on the Panathlon site, click here