Barking and Dagenham students crowned Panathlon south of England champions

Dagenham Park School student Charlie Hyde with Paralympian Jonathan Coggan at the Panathlon challeng

Dagenham Park School student Charlie Hyde with Paralympian Jonathan Coggan at the Panathlon challenge in Basildon. Photo: Sandra Rowse. - Credit: Archant

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Barking and Dagenham students celebrate with GB Paralympian Jonathan Coggan. Picture: Sandra Rowse.

Barking and Dagenham students celebrate with GB Paralympian Jonathan Coggan. Picture: Sandra Rowse. - Credit: Archant

Charlie Hyde was part of the winning Barking and Dagenham team to be crowned the South of England Panathlon champions in Basildon yesterday.

The 13-year-old, who attends Dagenham Park School, said there was a “great spirit” about the day.

Wheelchair rugby star Jonathan Coggan chatted to the School Road, Dagenham student after witnessing the team’s impressive displays in sports including boccia, table cricket and athletics.

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