Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Membership approve new Articles of Association

At a specially convened General Meeting of Cerebral Palsy Sport’s membership on 6th October 2018, the membership voted by special resolution to approve the organisation’s new Articles of Association.

The specially convened General Meeting took place to enable members to consider and approve the new draft Articles of Association for the charity in advance of the Annual General meeting.

The 2018 review of the Articles of Association enabled the organisation to strengthen its governance processes and comply to the Governance Code for Sport. the main changes in the Articles were:

  • Charity objects (Part 2.3) aligned to the charities Strategic Objectives
  • Board size reduced to 10 in line with best practise guidance from the code and no less than 3.
  • Defining the role of the Chair more clearly in terms of Board leadership.
  • Independent Board member level strengthened to 20%.
  • Proportion of Board representation of disabled people increased to 10%
  • Proportion of gender balance on the Board increased – 30%
  • Board member length of service changed to three year periods of service before standing down and can seek re-election. Cannot serve more than four years without seeking re-election.
  • Quorum status for Members meetings has been reduced.
  • New voting rights of honorary members and honorary life members.
  • Voting rights to reflect new charity membership categories – families, professional members, organisational members, Sporting Ambassador members,
  • Removing gender reference of Chairman and replacing it with Chair.

The membership voted by 15 voted in favour of adopting the new Articles of Association.

A cpy of our new signed Articles of Association can be downloaded below:

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Cerebral Palsy Sport inducts Paralympians into Hall of Fame

Paralympic athletes Stephen Miller MBE and Graeme Ballard have been inducted into Cerebral Palsy Sport Hall of Fame at our Awards evening on 6th October 2018 – World Cerebral Palsy Day.

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Stephen has represented Great Britain for over 20 years, competing in 6 Paralympic Games, 7 World Championships and 6 European Championships – so far winning 28 international medals. He has won 3 Paralympic titles in a row and held the F32 Club Throw world record from 1997-2008 and more recently he has just won a bronze medal at the IPC European Championships in Italy in June 2016 and he was honoured in the 2016 New Years Honours List by Her Majesty the Queen with an MBE.

In July 2016 Stephen was named as part of the Great Britain team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and brought home a truly well deserved Bronze medal.

Stephen  has had a fabulous 2018 season and kicked it off in fine still with a season best throw of 30.11m to win gold  at the 2018 World Para Athletics Dubai Athletics Grand Prix. He ended the season with an incredible Silver medal at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin.

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Ali Talbot, CEO of Cerebral Palsy Sport said of Stephen:

“Stephen is a true ambassador for para athletics, club throwing and for Cerebral Palsy Sport. Stephen still takes part in our athletics series events and is incredibly encouraging  to younger athletes who may be starting their sporting journey or taking part in an event for the first time. He is a truly respectful competitor and always acknowledges the contribution the officials and volunteers give to our events. We are delighted to bestow this honour of being inducted into our Hall of Fame in 2018 and it is so well deserved”.

Speaking of his  Cerebral Palsy Sport Hall of Fame award, Stephen said:

“It was CP Sport that helped me to get into sport and they provided me with my earliest opportunities on my sporting journey, so to receive this award is a truly proud moment for me. I know how important sport is for people with cerebral palsy, and I hope others can take inspiration from my story and have their own sporting journey. As always I have to dedicate this award to all those that have supported me, especially my parents who are my heroes.”

Emily Stewart collected Stephen’s award on his behalf.

 


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It is fitting in the year where Graeme hung up his competitive spikes after 14 years of international para athletics, that we honour him with the Hall of Fame award.

After taking up athletics at the age of 19 through a Cerebral Palsy Sport athletics event, Graeme’s para athletics career has gone from strength to strength.

Graeme first ran the Cerebral Palsy Sport nationals in September 1999 and has been a member of CP since then. He competed at CPISRA games in 2001 and gained 3 medals  – 2 individual medals and 1 relay.

His roll of achievements are recorded as:

  • 2002 World Championships in Lille 1 Bronze medal
  • 2003 European Championships in Assen 2 silver and 1 bronze
  • 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens  – won 1 bronze
  • 2005 Combined World & European Championships in Espoo – won 2 Gold medals and 1 recognised for World and 1 for European
  • 2006 World Championships in Assen – won 1 Silver
  • 2012 European Championships in  Holland – won 1 silver 1 bronze
  • 2012 Broke the world record 11.98 and won Paralympics Silver medal
  • 2013 World  Championships – won 1 Bronze
  • 2014 European Championships in Swansea – 2 Silvers
  • 2016 European Championships in Grossetto 2 silver

Although Graeme missed out on medals in 2008 and 2016 he was still a member of the British Para Athletics  team and also a member of the team at the World Championships in Christchurch, Doho and London where he came in 4th at all three competitions only just missing out on the medals.

In August 2018 Graeme won an incredible Gold medal at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin for the  T36 100m with a season’s best time of 12.32 seconds seeing him ease to the line clear of the rest of the field.

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Speaking of Graeme’s achievements, Ali Talbot CEO of Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

” We are delighted to be able to honour Graeme’s remarkable para athletics career and all his achievements by inducting into our Hall of Fame. Graeme is a true ambassador for para athletics and he supports so many of our SportStart events to inspire and encourage children and young people with cerebral palsy by sharing his message. He also supports our National Athletics Championships by coming along and presenting medals to younger athletes who aspire to achieve what he has. We wish Graeme well as he hangs up his international competitive spikes and we look forward to supporting him in his next endeavours”.

Graeme spoke of his pride of receiving this honour. He said:

“It is a great honour and a privilege to be nominated into the Hall of Fame. I hope that I can do justice to the role and look forward to seeing everyone at weekend.”

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Cerebral Palsy Sport announces 2018 Sports Awards Finalists

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce the finalists for our 2018 Sports Awards that will be hosted on October 6th 2018 at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham at 4.00pm to mark World Cerebral Palsy Day.

The awards are being supported by our Sporting Ambassadors Martin Sinclair, Leon Taylor, Matthew Walker MBE, Graeme Ballard and Sam Ruddock and we are delighted to announce the Awards that will be presented and our very special finalists.

  • Fundraiser of the Year
    • Finalists: Sarah Harger and Dean Bugler
  • Young Fundraiser of the Year
    • Finalist: Zach Nichol
  • Cerebral Palsy Sport Fundraising Supporter of the Year
    • Winner unveiled on the evening
  • CEO Recognition Award
    • Winner unveiled on the evening
  • Partner of the Year
    • Finalists: British Gymnastics and British Athletics
  • Swimmer of the Year
    • Winner unveiled on the evening
  • The Andrew Stubbs Trophy
    • Winner unveiled on the evening
  • The Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour
    • Finalists: Emily Stewart and Thomas Stamp
  • Sports Volunteer of the Year 
    • Finalists: Mary Butler, Elaine Morris, Nick Lomath
  • Coach of the Year
    • Finalists: Martin Cook, Janet Warrington, Steve McRobie
  • Official of the Year
    • Finalists: Paul Rutter, Wendy Cole, Tony Williams
  • Sports Club of the Year
    • Finalists: London Disability Swimming Club, Gateshead Harriers, North East and Yorkshire Disability FC
  • Sports Achiever of the Year
    • Finalists: Thomas Talbot, Cameron Osbourne, Joshua Monaghan-Coombs
  • Cerebral Palsy Sport Hall of Fame Inductees
    • To be announced on the evening
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Athletics
    • To be announced on the evening
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Swimming
    • To be announced on the evening

The awards are preceded by a training day which is taking place between 10.00am and 3.00pm and will be a chance for CP athletes and swimmers to get together to  receive coaching and take part in a Sports Psychology workshop. It will also be an opportunity for the athletes attending, including a large number who competed at the 2018 CPISRA World Games in Spain in August, to come together to see each other and celebrate the incredible success of Team CP England.

We also have our General Meeting and Annual General meeting taking place at 3.15pm.

Ali Talbot, CEO of Cerebral Palsy Sport said “staging our 2018 Sports Awards on World Cerebral Palsy Day is very special to us as it enables us to celebrate the achievements of people with Cerebral Palsy and those that support them to take part in sport and physical activity. Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a special person and congratulations to everyone who was nominated and are finalists. We look forward to a special evening of celebrating their achievements and what people with cerebral palsy and their families can achieve through sport. ”

We would really appreciate you attending the event to raise the awareness of Cerebral Palsy and give people with Cerebral Palsy and their families the opportunity to find out about opportunities available to them.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport to mark World CP Day

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that we will be marking World CP Day 2018 Saturday 6 October 2018 by holding an athletics and swimming training camp followed by our AGM and Awards evening. For more information on how to book onto the athletics and swimming training day event, please click here.

The General Meeting will be convened to enable members to consider and approve the new draft Articles of Association for the charity in advance of the Annual General meeting. Members will then be invited to share the Cerebral Palsy Sport Awards recognising athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs, fundraisers and outstanding contributers to sport. our Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors and Young Ambassadors will be attending.

For further information on our AGM and 2018 Awards, please click here:


World Cerebral Palsy Day is more than just an awareness day, it is an opportunity to:

1. Celebrate and express pride in the lives and achievements of those with CP and the people and the organisations that support them

2. Create a powerful voice for those with CP to change their world

3. Connect organisations across the globe so they are better equipped to meet the needs of those with CP

4. Create new solutions to everyday problems

5. Act as a catalyst for social change and education campaigns that create solutions to universal challenges

6. Produce tangible, actions and outcomes that measurably improve the lives of those with CP

7. Raise awareness of CP and the issues that affect people with CP at a local, national and international level to create more inclusive societies.

The project is coordinated by the World Cerebral Palsy Initiative, a group of non-profit cerebral palsy organisations with a global vision to create real change for people living with CP.

Cerebral Palsy Sport awarded Disability Confident Committed status

Cerebral Palsy Sport has committed to supporting people with a disability within the workplace and we have committed and achieved Stage 1 Disability Confident Committed status to support people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities in our workplace.

Disability Confident is a scheme that is designed to help organisations recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talent. For more information on the Disability Confident Scheme, please click here.

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer we have committed to:
• ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
• communicating and promoting vacancies
• offering an interview to disabled people
• anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required
• supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work
• at least one activity that will make a difference for disabled people

As a key strand of our Cerebral Palsy Sport Strategy to support people with disabilities into employment, we are now working on the next stage of our commitment to Disability Confident and supporting more disabled people into work.

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Portland Fishing Lakes Team 1 take top honours at Basher’s Charity Golf Day

Portland Fishing Lakes Team 1 took the honours at our Patron Basher Hussan’s 16th Charity Golf Day held at the beautiful Oakmere Park Golf Club in Nottinghamshire on September 13th 2018.

14 teams competed for the title and all golfers had a wonderful day raising over £3,500 for Cerebral Palsy Sport. After a great day of golf which included Beat the Pro, Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin challenges, all the team enjoyed a two course meal and the presentation of the prizes and raffle draw.

We are incredibly grateful for the support by Basher and all his friends. Thank you from everyone at Cerebral Palsy Sport!


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Basher being presented with a thank you gift by Peter Savage – Trustee of Cerebral Palsy Sport


The results of the hole competitions were:

Longest Drive – Jason Davies

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Jason being presented with is prize by Peter Savage – Trustee of Cerebral Palsy Sport


Nearest the Pin 2nd Hole: Dale Bunyan

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Dale being presented with is prize by Peter Savage – Trustee of Cerebral Palsy Sport


The final Team results were:

1st: Portland fishing Lakes 1

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2nd: None of the Original

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3rd: Portland Fishing Lakes 2.

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Our sincere thanks goes to our sponsors Portland Fishing Lakes, M2K Services, Champions UK plc and Heineken for supporting the charity golf day.

Thank you to Daryl and all the team at Oakmere Park Golf Club for hosting us so well.

A big thank you to our Trustee, team members and volunteers who helped on the day.

Thank you!

Tim Hollingsworth appointed new Chief Executive at Sport England

Sport England have announced that Tim Hollingsworth has been appointed as Sport England’s new Chief Executive.

Tim is currently Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, a role he has held since 2011. He replaces Jennie Price, who announced in May that she would be leaving Sport England after 11 years as CEO.

Tim will bring a wealth of senior experience to Sport England.  As Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, he led the organisation through both the historic London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with ParalympicsGB achieving an incredible 147 medals at the latter to finish second in the medal table.

More recently ParalympicsGB achieved its best-ever performance at a Winter Games, winning seven medals including a gold at Pyeongchang 2018.   Alongside this success at Games time Tim has led the increase in profile and interest in the Paralympic movement, driven the commercial and business growth of the BPA as a charity and ensured it is at the forefront of challenging perceptions of disability in society.

Prior to the BPA he was at UK Sport for seven years, first as Director of Policy & Communications and then Chief Operating Officer, following over a decade working in senior roles in corporate communications.  Tim is also currently a Board Director of the Youth Sport Trust and the National Paralympic Heritage Trust and a member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Paralympic Games Committee.

Commenting on the appointment, Nick Bitel, Chairman of Sport England said: “We are thrilled that Tim will be joining us as our new Chief Executive. We were fortunate to have had a number of outstanding candidates for the role. Tim’s passion for sport, wealth of relevant experience and boundless enthusiasm for Sport England’s strategy really shone through and we look forward to welcoming him in the autumn. I would also like to warmly thank Jennie for her tireless service and dedication to Sport England over the past 11 years. She leaves an organisation full of confidence for the future and on course to deliver against its ambitious vision to create a healthier and happier nation through sport and physical activity.”

Tim Hollingsworth said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as the next Chief Executive of Sport England. The organisation is one I know well and its vision and strategy have never been more important as we seek as a nation to maximise the ways in which people from all areas of society are attracted to, access and benefit from sport and physical activity.

“I would also like to express my gratitude to everyone involved in the Paralympic movement for the past seven incredible years and am pleased the BPA will remain a key partner in my new role.  It is one that I relish and I can’t wait to get started.”

Commenting on Tim’s departure, British Paralympic Association Chairman Nick Webborn said: “Tim Hollingsworth has been a key figure in the huge growth of Paralympic sport in the UK, and the British Paralympic Association is now widely recognised as a world leading National Paralympic Committee.

“He harnessed the once in a generation opportunity presented by London 2012 which helped transform perceptions of disabled people in this country.  Under Tim’s stewardship the BPA has also been determined to broaden the impact of those performances to deliver on its vision: through sport, inspire a better world for disabled people.

“While I am sad to see Tim leave the BPA I am delighted he is staying in the sporting sector and look forward to continue to work closely with him in his new role at Sport England.”

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said: “Tim is a fantastic appointment by Sport England and I am sure he will do a great job in leading the organisation and continuing the implementation of the government’s world leading sport strategy – encouraging more people to get involved in sport and physical activity for the positive impact it can have on their lives. Tim has great experience in sports administration and will seamlessly take the baton from Jennie Price, who I thank for her hard work over the past decade.”

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said: “We are delighted to hear the news of Tim’s appointment to the role of Chief Executive at Sport England. We are pleased to see such a committed individual with an in-depth knowledge of disability and Paralympic sport joining Sport England and we look forward to working with Tim in the future”.

Tim Hollingsworth will join Sport England in November.

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British RaceRunning success at the WPA European Athletics Championships

RaceRunning has made its competitive debut at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin this month and Great Britain and Northern Ireland have new European RaceRunning Champions for both men and women.

Women’s 100m RR2/3

After both setting world records in their classes in the morning’s heats, it was expected to be a competitive final and it certainly lived up to the billing. Hannah Dines (Red Star) was pushed all the way to the line by teammate Kayleigh Haggo (Red Star, Janice Eaglesham) and stopped the clock in 19.00 (-0.7) – 0.13 seconds outside the world record she had set in the heats,  to beat her teammate and both secured their place on the podium.

Newly crowned European champion, Hanah said the competition from her teammate only makes the pair stronger: “Having the opportunity to compete on the world stage is incredibly important and I am delighted to be given the opportunity and win gold.

“I think I am going to have to train pretty hard to stop Kayleigh grabbing that off me,” Hannah added.

Silver medallist Kayleigh, who set a time of 19.46 said: I can’t put into words how much I enjoyed it. I went out there to have fun and I certainly did that. Hannah and I train together so it’s really good having each other to push one another. When I am racing her, I just love it and I love trying to catch her and trying to keep up.”

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Men’s RR2/RR3 100m Final

The next race on the track also saw a British one-two as Gavin Drysdale (Red Star, Janice Eaglesham) raced to victory in the men’s RR3/2 1oom Final with Rafi Solaiman (Sheffield & Dearne) taking the silver medal and Lassi Kromann from Denmark (RR2) placing third. Gavin and Rafi’s times were 17.37 (-1.0) and 19.33 respectively.

Gavin Drysdale from Scotland, had an impressive start which set the tone for the rest of the contest. He surged to the gold medal with his teammate Rafi battling hard to secure his first international medal for the GB & NI team.

Gavin said: “I felt like I had already won a gold medal just by being here so to win a real one is absolutely incredible. It means the absolute world to me to be competing here in Berlin, I still can’t believe we are actually here, I am usually cheering everyone from my TV screen at home and now I am on the other side having just competed.

“Race running is one of the very few sports I can do independently so to be given this opportunity to come and compete at a European Championships and something which I can participate in independently and, more importantly, something I love has just been totally surreal.”

Rafi who is bringing home his first WPA Silver medal added: “It feels great to be a silver medallist – I can’t believe it. I came here to medal, and I have done it. It was absolutely exhilarating. From the minute the gun went off, I was in the zone and it was good.”

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Stephen Miller strikes silver at the WPA European Athletics Championships

Congratulations to our Sporting Ambassador Stephen Miller MBE who has struck silver at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin.

Stephen  became a Paralympic club throw champion in 1996 – took silver for his sixth successive European medal in the F32 Club Throw with an throw of 29.78m during the morning session on day three.

Stephen, of Gateshead Harriers pushed the current world record holder and Paralympic champion

Miller – a three-time Paralympic champion – rolled back the years as he produced a consistent series of throws, with his second-round effort the best of the rounds. With athletes taking all six throws in one series, the pressure was on Stephen to deliver his best within that timeframe. After a starting mark of 28.58m, his second effort was recorded as 29.78m, raising the bar for his opponents who followed.

Poland’s Maciej Sochal defended his European title with a best of 31.12m which left Miller to pick up his sixth European medal.

Stephen reflected afterwards: “I didn’t feel like I threw very well today. I didn’t really fulfil my potential so I’m a bit disappointed. The way it turned out, I think I could have won the gold medal, so it is hard to take when you know you could have done a little bit better. But you take it on the chin. A silver is a silver and it is another one to add to the collection. The story continues but it is frustrating.

“I was consistent but to be honest, I never properly hit one. But I had great preparation coming into this one – I’ve had great support from British Athletics & the National Lottery this year which has helped me a great deal. It is always a pleasure to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland.”

On adding another medal to his ever-growing collection, Stephen added: “This is my sixth European medal, I’ve won a medal at every Europeans now, so it is great to continue that run. There were not many competitors there today, but you can only face who is here. To win another medal is a great honour – it is not something I take lightly.”

Congratulations Stephen from all the team at Cerebral Palsy Sport

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Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf Day raises over £2,600 for Cerebral Palsy Sport

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that the Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf day staged at South Staffordshire Golf Course on 7th June 2018 has raised over £2,600 for the charity.

Kevin has supported the charity over the past three years and the funds raised from his unique charity golf days has enabled children, young people and adults with Cerebral Palsy to discover the joys of swimming for the first time.

Kevin spoke of his gratitude of everyone who played in the golf day and said:

“I am delighted that the tenth annual Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf day has managed to raise such a fabulous amount of money for this very deserving charity.  The entire event would not be possible without the participation of the players, the support from Liz and Alison Colesby as well as that of Ali Talbot from CP Sport and, of course, Sue LeBeau and her wonderful staff at South Staffs Golf Club.  I am looking forward to next year’s event already, which will be on June 20th 2019.  In the meantime happy golfing and happy swimming. Kevin”

The funds raised in this year’s charity golf day will help support the Worcester Swimming Development Gala that is taking place on October 20th at Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Worcester as well as further swimming development in the West Midlands in early 2019.

Thank you to everyone who supported the golf day and thank you especially to Kevin for your fantastic support.

To read more about this great day of fundraising, please click here for the event report

Thank you!