Team CP England
Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to mark 150 days to go to the start of the Games by announcing some of the Team Managers who will lead each of the sports for Team CP England at the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games:
Athletics: Claire Buckle
Bowls: Paul Brown
Swimming: Rebecca Gilbertson
Table Cricket: Dave Winter
The Para – Taekwondo and Football Team Managers will be announced in due course.
Meet the Team Managers!
Team CP England – Athletics Team Manager: Claire Buckle
Claire is a retired GB Paralympic Athlete who competed for England and GB for Discus and Shot Put. Having started athletics in 1996 she gained her first international honours in 1998 competing for CP Sport at the European Championships were she came 2nd in Discus and 3rd in Shot Put. She carried on this success in 2001 at the Worlds with a 2nd place in Discus.
Other honours include representation for GB at IPC World Championships in 2002, Europeans in 2003 , 2 Paralympic World Cups, a number of international events, and CP Worlds in 2005 always finishing in the top 6. She still is UK Junior record holder for both Shot and Discus in her class and achieved the qualifying standards for 2000 and 2004 Paralympic Games but also just missing out on a place in the team.
Since retiring she has started coaching and is a Level 3 performance throws coach. She now has a group of talented athletes some of which are on the British Athletics Paralympic talent squad working towards Rio 2016 and beyond. Claire works work for England Athletics and coaches for British Athletics Paralympic Talent squad as well as other roles within British Athletics.
For the last 7 years she has been part of the North West UK School Games team staff which has provided her with vast experience and she will bring that knowledge and experience to her role as team manager.
Claire said “I am very excited about taking up this role with CP Sport and really looking forward to working with the athletes and coaches leading up to the World Games and being part of the successful England team”
Team CP England Bowls Team Manager: Paul Brown
Paul has been competing in the sport of bowls now for over twenty years, starting out as an able bodied bowler until 2006 when he lost my right leg above the knee. He has played the bowls at all levels from club right up to international level. He recently won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games, also silver and bronze medals at the World Championships in New Zealand.
Paul is also active in disabled bowls from an organisational prospective, he is currently committee member of both British Wheelchair Bowls Association and Disability Bowls England, along with recently being elected Vice President of the International Bowls for the Disabled.
Paul said ‘I am really looking forward to the opportunity of being team manager at such a big event as the CPISRA World Games. I have experienced playing in such events and am excited about being on other side, motivating a team to do well’.
Team CP England Swimming Team Manager:- Rebecca Gilbertson
Rebecca shares her delight in being selected as Swimming Team Manager:
“I am extremely excited about being chosen as the Team England Swimming Team Manager for the 2015 CPISRA World Games in Nottingham in August. I feel that I have lot of experience that I can bring to the team and support the swimmers to do their best. Having been to three previous CP World Games as a swimmer, I understand the benefits of having competitions like the CP World Games available for swimmers to gain experience in the pool but also learn a lot about themselves outside of the pool, with opportunities to build friendships and memories that last a life time”
“As a Level 3 swimming coach with many years’ experience as a swimmer, coach and volunteer, the World Games is a wonderful opportunity for me to get back to the pool. After a few years out of swimming to progress my career with Living Sport the County Sports Partnership for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as Event Coordinator and now as Disability Sport Coordinator.
It will be great to be back to where it all started for me at age 16 in 1997 and also to the city were I went to University. It will be a honour to support Team England and give back to CP Sport to whom I owe so much. I am passionate about supporting the next generation off swimmers to achieve their goals as I did.”
Team CP England – Table Cricket Team Manager: Dave Winter
Dave Winter has been involved in sport for as long as he can remember. He has been involved in disability sport for the past 15 years and around 9 years ago became Sports Coordinator at Portland College a national residential college for learners with physical and learning disabilities. Dave told us that
“I enjoy being involved in most sports but the reason I have always been involved is to support people to do sport, I believe that all people regardless of anything should be able to participate in some form of sport and activity. My passion is the grass roots level and providing opportunities to all. I have had experience in all sports from Boccia to Athletics, goal ball to cycling and wheelchair rugby to Table cricket.”
Dave has coached some successful teams over the years and both in 2008 and 2009 coached Portland College’s table cricket to national champions. He was involved in sport on a daily basis via his role at Portland College which includes delivery of various sports qualifications and various sporting activities and in December 2014 their Table Cricket team managed to win the Cerebral Palsy Sport National Table Cricket Community League.
Dave shared that “ It was during the build up to this event that I heard Table Cricket would be an event at the world games this year which immediately made me think that I’d like to be part of it as I’ve never before had the opportunity to be involved in sport on a world level. I am so excited that I will be involved in leading the England CP Team but even more excited that it will be via table cricket and especially as the games are being held in my home county of Nottinghamshire.“