Children from Merton joined over 200 youngsters with disabilities and special needs at the Copper Box Arena for the Panathlon London Multisport Finals.

The event at Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park venue on June 15, brought the competition to an end. More than a thousand young disabled athletes from 102 schools across all London boroughs competed.

Events included polybat, new-age kurling, table cricket, precision bean bag, boccia, field athletics and power wheelchair racing.

Pupils from Cricket Green and Perseid Schools made up the Merton team, who finished in fourth place.

Jenny Guppy, a teacher at Cricket Green School, said: "It’s an incredible opportunity for them to come to somewhere like this amazing venue and be really successful at something, compete against other schools and make new friends. They just love it.

"We are a school for pupils with diverse needs and it's a coveted event. There’s been a lot of jostling and competition between them to come. It’s a huge adventure for them."

Aman Ansari, 15, a pupil at Perseid School, said: "My favourite events are new-age kurling and boccia. I will show off my medal to all my friends at school and wear it every day.”

Joe Vine 14, from Cricket Green, said: “I enjoy it a lot, because it gives a lot of kids different chances who are less able. It means a lot to come to a place like this, because I love doing sports. Winning a medal means a lot, because I’ve worked really hard."