Excitement for the CPISRA World Games 2018 builds

In April this year, CPISRA’s announced that CPISRA Federació Esportiva Catalana de Paralítics Cerebrals (FECPC) had been selected to host the 2018 CPISRA World Games. Cerebral Palsy Sport are extremely pleased to convey that the contract to hold the Games has been signed with FECPC.

Cerebral Palsy Sport proudly hosted the 2015 event, and the first CPISRA World Games for ten years, in Nottingham between 6-16 August 2015.

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The 2018 CPISRA World Games will be held in Sant Cugat, Spain in August, 2018. The Games will include competitions in Athletics, Swimming, RaceRunning, Football and Para-Taekwondo. There will also be develop camps and competitions for Boccia, Table Tennis, female football and Wheelchair Slalom. To download a DRAFT timetable please click here Draft_Schedule_World_Games_2018

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CP Sport are pleased to announce that we will be coordinating Team England to attend the games to emulate the success of the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games. Further information will be announced in due course.

Please visit our 2018 World Games page here http://www.cpsport.org/?p=8311  where we will publish up to date information as timelines progress.

 

 

Para Athletics Inspiration Days

Throughout the summer, England Athletics Inspiration Clubs will be providing opportunities for disabled people to try athletics at their Inspiration Para Athletics Days.

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Inspired by the summer of sport and catering for all impairments, these days will provide a great introduction into para athletics for anyone wanting to try the sports for the first time or a fun day of athletics for those already participating. With lots of events to try, there will be plenty of activity on offer!

The Inspiration Clubs programme is part of the Team Personal Best Disability Project, where England Athletics Clubs were selected to develop their expertise in offering great experiences to disabled people and empowered to support other clubs locally.

Remaining dates:

10am-2pm, Sunday 27 August at Gateshead Stadium, Nielson Road, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE10 0EF

2-5pm, Saturday 9 September at Ridlins Stadium, Ridlins Playing Fields, Woodcock Road, Stevenage, Herts SG2 9PA

10am-2pm, Sunday 10 September at Erith Stadium, Avenue Road, Bexley, London DA8 3AT

1-5pm, Saturday 16 September at Prince of Wales Stadium, Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 4RN

11am-3pm, Sunday 17 September at Winchester Sport Stadium, Millard Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 0QA

11am-3pm, Saturday 23 September at Worthing Leisure Centre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Worthing, West Sussex BN12 4ET

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12.30-2pm, Saturday 30 September at Jim Peters Stadium, Mayesbrook Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham RM8 2JR

For more information about the Inspiration Clubs, visit the England Athletics website.

Swim Wales Galas announced as part of Operation Tokyo 2020

The Swim Wales Development Galas are an introduction to competition for new or beginner swimmers in an informal and fun environment. The galas will take place a designated venues, with both heats and final races being available.

Swim Wales Disability Swimming Development Galas are for swimmers who are yet to gain a classification into Para-Swimming. Therefore, any swimmers who have a classification will not be eligible for entry.

Races will be swum over 10m, 25m and 50m across a variety of strokes. All swimmers will take part in heats, with the fastest 6 swimmers from heats progressing to the final. The finals will be carried out using a handicapped system. In the event where there are 6 or less swimmers in an event, all the swimmers will take part in the heat and the final.

Floatation aids and/or a supporter in the water are allowed, if required.

Medals will be awarded to the top 3 in each final, with all participants receiving a certificate

Gala Dates

West (Carmarthen TBC) – Saturday 14th October 2017, 12pm-4pm

North (Bangor) – Saturday 6th January 2018, 12:30pm-4:30pm

South (Ebbw Vale) – Saturday 14th April 2018, 2pm-6pm

Entry Criteria

Entries will be accepted through the completion of the Swim Wales Disability Development Gala entry form. Contact:  huw.griffiths@welshasa.co.uk

Swimmers aged between 4 and 16 years old with a physical or visual impairment

Entrants DO NOT need to be members of a swimming club to enter the Galas

SWIMMERS OF ALL ABILITIES ARE WELCOME, however, swimmers with a classification for Para-Swimming competition will not be eligible to take part.

Entries will open 8 weeks before the date of the Gala and will close 2 weeks before the gala date.

Entry Fees:

£10 per swimmer (£7.50 for Swim Wales Members) per Gala. This will include:

  • Entry to required races
  • Certificate of Participation
  • Swim Wales Goodie bag

Events available will be as follows (races will be run as mixed races):

10m Frontcrawl                 10m Backstroke                                10m Breaststroke            10m Butterfly

25m Freestyle                   25m Backstroke                                25m Breaststroke            25m Butterfly

50m Freestyle                   50m Backstroke                                50m Breaststroke            50m Butterfly

Please note:  Swimmers should only be entered into races where they are able to complete the distance

Parents/coaches wishing to accompany swimmers on poolside will require a poolside pass, this will be free of charge, however will need to be applied for during entry. There will be one pass available per swimmer. We ask that any additional spectators please sit in the provided spectator area, so as not to congest poolside.

Handicap System

To make sure the experience is beneficial to all, the finals will be run under a handicap system. This will mean that swimmers times from the heats will be taken into consideration and will be used to establish their starting time in the final.

To ensure fair competition, swimmers who swim a time 15% faster in the final than in the heat will incur a speeding ticket and will not be eligible to receive a medal, should they place in the top 3 positions.

Medals:

Medals will be awarded to swimmers who finish within the top 3 of each event.

Please note: Swimmers who post a time in a final that is 15% faster than the time swam in the heats, will be awarded a “speeding ticket” but will not be eligible for a medal

Swimmer Progression:

The aim of the Development Gala series is to help signpost swimmers to the best inclusive swimming opportunities, to be classified and go on to compete on British Swimming Para-Swimming Pathway, and aim to progress swimmers to a competitive development swimming club and onto the classification waiting list for further competitive development.

 

For further information contact

Huw Griffiths, National Para-Swimming Manager, Swim Wales

Tel:   07970 397018 Email: Huw.Griffiths@swimming.org

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CP Teens sets up new base at Chesterfield FC

CP Teens UK was founded in 2013 by Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Ellie Simpson.

Ellie, 22, has quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy. She is a regular competitor at Cerebral Palsy Sport events and has represented England internationally.

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Initially setting up the charity from home, CP Teens is now located at the Community Hub at Chesterfield Football Club.

Ellie said:“As I went through secondary school, I became increasingly socially isolated by able-bodied ‘peers’ as I struggled to physically keep up and physically fend for myself. Even though I left school with good GCSEs and A Levels, I could not find any opportunities anywhere, either paid or unpaid, to take up as a young person with a physical disability.”

Ellie posted about CP Teens on Twitter and was contacted by hundreds of young people with cerebral palsy who also said they felt ‘alone’. She continued to develop the charity during her gap year between 2013 and 2014, and while studying for her sport development with coaching degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

Sport has become an important part of Ellie’s life – she first watched disability sport in 2012 when she saw the London Paralympics on TV, and gave it a go in 2013 at the Paralympics GB Sport Fest in Sheffield – that one day changing her life and future. Ellie joined an athletics club and then went on to study sport.

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Inspirational Ellie organised a number of high-profile events which led to CP Teens UK gaining full charitable status and receiving a special award from the Prime Minister Theresa May. Ellie is now aiming to offer work experience to local physically disabled young people. “Not only will the new base provide a new workspace for the charity to run from, it will also offer a safe ‘hub’ for CP Teens to meet and socialise,” Ellie added.

Ellie is a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport. Find out more here

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Tennis Foundation launch Push2Podium talent ID programme

This August the Tennis Foundation have launched their Wheelchair Tennis Talent ID Programme, Push2Podium. The programme aims to get new players trying wheelchair tennis and to grow the talent pool of the sport.

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The Tennis Foundation are encouraging people with a physical disability to attend one of ten free wheelchair tennis festivals hosted across the country. The festivals are open to anyone of any age or ability and will take place in the autumn. Equipment will be provided and a Tennis Foundation Talent ID coach will be in attendance. Any players that show potential and catch the eye of the Talent ID coaches may be invited on to the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Development Squad, the first step to becoming an elite player.

The festivals are open to anyone of any age or ability and they are absolutely FREE.  All equipment will be provided and a Talent ID coach will be at each festival. If you are new to the sport you will be signposted to your nearest sessions if you want to continue playing. If you catch the eye of one of the Talent ID coaches you may be invited on to the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Development Squad, the first step to becoming an elite player. To start your wheelchair tennis journey visit the Tennis Foundation website and book a onto free festival near you.

Festival venues, dates and times: 

  • South Wales, Newport Tennis Centre 16-Sep 14:00-18:00
  • Taunton,  Taunton Tennis Club 17-Sep 11:00-16:00
  • Portsmouth,  Portsmouth Tennis Centre 30-Sep 12:00-16:00
  • Ipswich,  Ipswich Sports Club 01-Oct 12:30-15:30
  • Preston,  South Ribble 01-Oct 13:00-17:00
  • Sunderland,  Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis & Wellness Centre 14-Oct 10:00-12:00
  • Oxford,  White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre 04-Nov 12:00-16:00
  • Loughborough,  Loughborough University 04-Nov 14:00-17:00
  • London, Lee Valley,  12-Nov 12:00-16:00
  • Glasgow,  Scotstoun Leisure Centre 25-Nov 10:00-14:00

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For more details visit The Tennis Foundation website: Tennisfoundation.org.uk/push2podium

Finals for Brits at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships

It was another fantastic week of tennis in Nottingham. The British Open featured the world’s best wheelchair tennis players, and the British athletes didn’t disappoint.

Great Britain’s Lucy Shuker partnered Stephane Houdet of France to claim the Mixed Doubles title in a hard fought match.  There was another British player on the opposite side of the court, Paralympic silver medallist Alfie Hewett, with his partner Dana Mathewson of the USA. The quartet played out a competitive encounter that enthralled the crowd in Nottingham. After Shuker and Houdet claimed the first set, Hewett and Mathewson hit back in the second and led 5-4.  However, Shuker and Houdet held their serve and then broke to take the 2017 title with a 6-3, 7-5 victory.

There were high hopes for other British players going into the final day, Sunday 6th August, of the ITF Super Series tournament at Nottingham Tennis Centre, with Alfie Hewett and Andy Lapthorne both having reached singles finals.

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19 year old Hewett, current Wimbledon Mens doubles Champion, was up against the 23 year old world No.1 Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina. Despite having lost the first four games Hewett came back to level 4-4, but Fernandez took the next five games to take the first set and lead 3-0 in the second.  Hewett again turned the momentum round to level at 3-3 but the power of the big-hitting Fernandez saw him complete a 6-4, 6-3 win to claim his first British Open title.

Hewett was followed on Centre Court by Andy Lapthorne in the Quad Doubles final against world No.1 David Wagner from the USA. Cerebral Palsy Sport ambassador James Shaw had been defeated by Wagner in the quarter finals. Lapthorpe, Paralympic silver medallist who has cerebral palsy, started off well as he matched Wagner to reach 3-3 in the first set, before the impressive American, fresh from having won the quad doubles on Saturday, won eight games in a row to seal a 6-3, 6-1 win and regain a title he last won in 2009.

Alongside the event, the Tennis Foundation hosted a ‘Come and Try Tennis’ day on Saturday 5th August, giving the opportunity for anyone to have a go at the sport and enjoy the event. For more information about the Tennis Foundation click here.

 

Boccia England announces date for National Boccia Day 2017

Following the success of last year’s first ever National Boccia Day, Boccia England has announced that they will be celebrating National Boccia Day 2017 on Saturday 12 August. The governing body is looking to raise the profile of the sport and offer people the opportunity to give Boccia a go.

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Boccia England is keen to build more public interest in the sport and showcase Boccia as a fantastic sport for all ages and abilities. Members are encouraged to hold their own “Boccia Fest” to mark the day. “Boccia Fest” can include activities, games and competitions to reach out to new participants have fun and celebrate the sport.

Clubs that post the best photos on social media, using the hashtag #NationalBocciaDay, will also be entered into a prize draw to win tickets to the 2018 World Championships in Liverpool. If you’re not part of a local Boccia group or club, don’t worry, join in the conversation on social media and spread the word amongst your friends and family!

For more details and a toolkit for the day visit Boccia England

Cerebral Palsy Sport sell Boccia balls and equipment here.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport partners with Savoo

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce Savoo Search, Save and Raise as one of our new fundraising partners. Every time you use Savoo, you can be donating to Cerebral Palsy Sport by either searching online, or using their voucher codes & deals to save money. This is how it works:

1. Search Engine Donations

Simply use Savoo Search as your default search engine (the same way as you would your current search engine) and Savoo will donate 1p for every search.

2. Shopping Online – Voucher Codes

If you’re looking to do some online shopping and want to get a great deal, Savoo has thousands of voucher codes and deals that will help you save money & they will donate to Cerebral Palsy Sport at the same time.

Please visit http://www.savoo.co.uk/charities/CP-Sport.html and nominate Cerebral Palsy Sport as the charity you wish to support.

Find out more about supporting Cerebral Palsy Sport here.

 

British success at the World Para Athletics Championships

The best of the best Para Athletes were back in London for the World Para Athletics Championships, a week full of exciting action and records came to an end last night.

There was much success from the British Team. 39 medals, including 18 golds were collected. Eight more than they did in Doha in 2015. They finished third overall in the medal table.

Sophie Hahn won the T38 100m, emulating her achievement in the 200m, with team-mate Kadeena Cox second. Paralympic champion Hahn, 20, triumphed in a star-studded final containing three British gold medallists in this event, along with 400m winner Cox. Cox, 26, completed a trio of gold, silver and bronze medals in London and said she would now focus on repeating her feat of claiming gold in two separate sports at Rio 2016 by returning to cycling before Tokyo 2020. Georgie Hermitage added T37 100m gold to her 400m title. Olivia Breen won gold for Great Britain in T38 long jump.

Sprinter and Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador Graeme Ballard missed out on medal in the 200m final, finishing sixth in the T36 final on Monday night, clocking 25.51secs as Australian James Turner won in a world record time of 24.09secs. Graeme returned to the track on Saturday for the 100m, taking fourth place with a time of 12.55secs.

There was 7th place for Sam Ruddock in the F35 Shot Put final and 8th place for Abbie Hunnisett in the F32 Club Throw.

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador Stephen Miller MBE added Bronze to GB’s tally of medals in the F32 club throw, with a 29.32 throw. 19 years after his first World Championship success in 1998.

The full results can be found here

 

Ambassador James Shaw talks tennis with Cerebral Palsy Sport

Wimbledon may be over for another year but there is plenty more in the tennis calendar. Cerebral Palsy Sport were thrilled to have the chance to catch up with Wheelchair tennis player and Ambassador James Shaw this week to catch up on his busy year so far and looking ahead to the rest of 2017. Here’s what he had to say!

What have been the highlights of 2017 for you so far?

In May I was chosen to compete out in Sardinia for my second world team cup which is the wheelchair equivalent of the Davis and Fed Cup on the back of having a highly successful year in which I won my first international singles title, and capped off the year by winning my 4th senior national’s title. It was an honour to get picked to represent my country again, but to play the final, win the event and become world champion with my team mates was a highlight of my career so far and has definitely spurred me on to work hard and have more success in the future.

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What are you hopes for the British Open in August?

The British Open is a very tough event where all the top players come from around the world to compete in Nottingham. With my world ranking at 14 and promising performances of late I believe more than ever that I am able to challenge the top players in the world so I’m excited to compete and hope to continue my success on the court by beating some top players.

What’s the best thing about your sport?

I believe the best thing about my sport is getting better whether that be physically, tactically, or mentally at a sport I love. At the end of the day I chose to play tennis from an early age because I love the sport and want to win so by pushing myself to the limits and then being able to see that work paying off is an amazing feeling. Then win or lose I know I’ve done everything I can do and know either way I’ll be back next time stronger.

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 Any advice for young people who want to get into wheelchair tennis?

I’d suggest finding a local tennis club, getting in a chair and having a go whether that be against friends, family, coaches, players, whether they be able bodied or a wheelchair user! Roma Sport with the help of the Tennis Foundation have sent out more cost effective club wheelchairs to tennis clubs around the country so ask around tennis clubs and try them out.

Wheelchair tennis is an amazing sport that has helped many people including myself improve in so many areas on and off the court, and sometimes this is lost or forgotten in the midst of competitiveness, and having to win. I love to win as everyone does and I’ll push myself as hard as I can to achieve my dreams but my main goal is always to go out on court improve myself, and enjoy myself, so it’s always nice see young people getting in a wheelchair enjoying wheelchair tennis.

 

The British Open Wheelchair championships take place at Nottingham Tennis Centre from Tuesday 1st August – Sunday 6th August, the tournament features men’s, women’s and quads competitions, as well as a junior competition.  Play is scheduled between 9:30am-6pm each day. Tickets are now on sale, priced just £2 for a weekday ground pass and £5 for a Saturday/Sunday (finals weekend) ground pass, while kids go free all week when accompanied by an adult. For further information visit the Tennis Foundation website

On Saturday 5th August – Come & Try Tennis opportunity while the British Open is taking place in Nottingham. Anyone can come and have a go at wheelchair tennis, as well as other disability tennis at our free ‘Come and Try’ session! To reserve places contact Matt Elkington on 07961 267607, matthew.elkington@tennisfoundation.org.uk