National Swimming Championships 2018

This year, we were sponsored and helped by Nottingham Trent University. The event was held at Harvey Hadden Sports Village and was in a long course format over 50m.

43 swimmers entered altogether and there was a great atmosphere from everyone there. The ages of the swimmers ranged from 11-54 years old. A total of 126 medals were presented throughout the gala with a lot of very happy swimmers!

Medals were presented by Paralympian Matt Walker MBE and CP Sport Trustee Paul Mariner.

Photos will be published on our website and on Facebook. CP Sport also took some live videos of the event and presentations. See the event photos here

We would like to thank SportSystems, David Rush and David Fortescue, for their continued support in running the meet results software and enabling the smooth running of the competition. We would also like to thank Wendy Coles for her help in providing the officials for the event, as well as Mary Butler and Jill Stidever for their technical assistance, without which the event could not have run to ASA licence standards. 17 volunteers all worked extremely hard at the event and there has been a lot of praise from CP Sport staff and entrants of the gala. All volunteers were very kind and helpful throughout the day. Thank you for giving up your time.

Well done to all of the swimmers who competed this year. There were some great swims and some fantastic PBs achieved!

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Ellie Simpson – Twitter Take Over

We would like to say a huge thank you to Ellie Simpson for hosting a twitter take over today. As a young ambassador for CP Sport we wanted to give Ellie the opportunity to share her experiences  and give our members the chance to ask to ask her questions.

Ellie was asked all sorts of questions from what inspired her to take part in sport to what her favourite biscuits are. see below the questions that Ellie was asked and the answers she gave.

Q: Can you tell me about RaceRunning and how you first got into it?

A: RaceRunning is a form of sprinting for ‘high dependency’ athletes with CP/brain injuries. Athletes use a 3-wheeled frame for support & balance. I got involved in 2015 after a CP Sport Taster Day

Q: What advice would you give to children wanting to take up sport for the first time?

A: Definitely just go for it! It is genuinely the best thing I’ve ever done – I do not know where I’d be today without it. It sounds cliché, but it has changed and transformed my life beyond belief!

Q: What has been your most proud moment and what advice would you give to others?

A: My most proud moment to date is probably winning Double Gold at the 2015 World Games! I became the fastest RR2 female in the world, it was crazy

Q: What do you think are the barriers that stop people with cp taking part in sport and what would your advice be to break down those barriers?

A: I think the biggest barrier is people with CP, and their families, sometimes believe that they cannot do sport because of their physical limitations. But, in reality, this definitely does not need to be a barrier – sport is incredibly inclusive & adaptable

Q: How often do you train and for how long?

A: I currently train 4-5 times a week for between an hour and an hour and a half!

Q: Is it cool being an ambassador for CP Sport?

A: Very! I love showing other people with CP what they can achieve in sport!

Q: What’s the one thing that you would want people to know about Cerebral Palsy?

A: That’s a tough one! Probably that no one is affected by CP in the same way, and there’s always a way around everything!

Q: What is the next competition you’re entering?

A: The first of the 2018 CP Sport Series in just under 2 weeks time in Kingston Upon Thames, I’m nervous but looking forward to competing again!

Q: Do you do any other sports other than RaceRunning?

A: I used to do the Club Throw, which is a seated athletics event, but I gave this up in 2016 to concentrate on my RaceRunning!

Q: How did you become involved in sport?

A: I watched the London 2012 Paralympics & was incredibly inspired by what I was seeing. Shortly after, I attended a Sport Fest & the rest they say is history!

Q: Who has been your biggest inspiration?

A: My wonderful, wonderful coach, Andrew Longden who sadly passed away recently. He made my sporting journey happen and shared his love & passion for sport with me. His belief in me and my abilities was incredible.

Q: What are your future goals?

A: My ultimate goal is to be selected for GB. My dream is to reach the Paralympics, and after the announcement in Oct 2017 that RaceRunning is now a WPA event, that dream is more alive than ever before!

Q: Have you ever done any other sports other than Athletics?

A: Yes, I did sailing for a short while, but I used to get quite cold & wet! It also didn’t have the same thrill/excitement for me as Athletics!

Q: What advice would you give to someone with CP who is thinking about going to Uni? What did you do/need to know to make that decision?

A: I would say absolutely go for it, it transformed my life! I was terrified, so much so I nearly didn’t turn up on the first day! But, I am so glad I forced myself, because it was the best decision I ever made to do Sport Development with Coaching!

Q: What’s the worse thing about being an Athlete?

A: Haha! Sometimes, on a night out, I do have to remind myself that I am an Athlete! But, it’s a small price to pay for the life and the opportunities sport gives me

Q: What did your degree involve?

A: A bit of everything! Coaching, event management, sport and sociology, writing development plans, strategic planning… A really comprehensive degree if you want to work in sport development!

Q: What’s your favourite biscuit?!

A: Haha! It has to be the Jammy Dodger – yum!

Q: Do you see yourself becoming a coach?

A: Most definitely, even more so now after loosing Andrew. I want to carry on his legacy and his love, passion & dedication for RaceRunning & disability athletics.

Take a look at Ellie’s #MyStory to find out more about Ellie here

Ellie

Table Cricket Taster in Shrewsbury

Residents of Lindley Court, Shrewsbury to part in a Table Cricket taster session. The session was organised with Shropshire Rural Community Communities Charity, following interest in the sport. A total of 10 residents took part in the sessions which was well received by all those who took part and the staff supporting.

Table Cricket Taster

Shropshire is a target area with Table Cricket and we are going to look to run a Table Cricket Activator workshop in May 2018.

Quotes:

  • Really enjoyed the session it was fun for all and something different
  • Very good session for us and really enjoyable
  • It was nice to get together with other residents and play

 

High Dependency Needs Athletes Survey

Cerebral Palsy Sport is working with a range of partners to establish the needs of high dependency athletes to ensure their needs are catered for in an inclusive, accessible and independent manner for disability and para sports events for the future.

We have developed the following survey and we would ask as many athletes and sports participants with or without disabilities. We would also encourage input from those supporting athletes such as family, coaches and carers. We would like to understand your thoughts and opinions of the support that athletes with high dependency needs either receive or should receive while participating in sport.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NWV3R3P

The results we receive from this survey will be used to help inform and support event providers, partners and governing bodies of sport in meeting the needs of athletes with high degrees of support needs for the future.

Twitter take over with Aideen Blackborough

Today we hosted a Twitter takeover with our chair Aideen Blackborough, during which Aideen answered questions from our followers and gave loads of information about CP Sport. Please read through our twitter feed to see what she had to say https://twitter.com/CP_Sport

Some questions we received were:

How can people sign up for membership:

We have six membership types icluding individual membership, family membership and professional membership. To find out how to become a member click here

How can people take part in our events:

We have a number of different events catered for all levels for a range of sports including swimming, athletics and table cricket. See our events page for more details.

How can I sign up as a volunteer:

We would love for you to join us a a volunteer either at specific events or ongoing support in our office in Nottingham. To sign up as a volunteer or to find out more information see our volunteers page here

Aideen mentioned the work we do in partnership with APCP, in which we work closely with with Physiotherapists to provide sport as an addition to therapy. See more about this here

We have also been working with a number of national governing bodies to develop adapted sports. See the impact of adapted sports here

If you have any questions for CP sport email info@cpsport.org

CP Sport supporting International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March 2018, we would like to celebrate women and girls with Cerebral Palsy. In 2017 55.5% of participants that took part in CP sports events were women. These events have given women and girls with cerebral palsy the opportunity to play, participate and enjoy sport through England and Wales.

To celebrate women and girls that take part in sport we would like to share stories from some of our participants. Click on the pictures to view their MyStory.

Megan.jpg   Olivia   Natasha   Abbie   Ellie   Katie   Leah    Yasmin

 

If you would like to share your story please contact us on info@cpsport.org

Successful RaceRunning taster session

Three RaceRunning sessions have been held in Partnership with the University of Nottingham at the David Ross Sports Village.  The sessions took place on the high performance indoor track area providing participants with the opportunity to experience being on a RaceRunner. A total of 8 people attended throughout the 3 sessions aged between 3 and 21 years old.

IMG_7971We received great feedback from the participants with all the participants rating the session excellent. other comments we received were that the sessions were a “Great Opportunity to try a RaceRunner”, “I found the session fun and the atmosphere friendly” and “It was nice meeting new friends and running fast”.

Sports Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy students from both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University attended to find out more about RaceRunning. We would like to thank the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, as well as Quest 88 for supporting the sessions and providing assistance by ensuring participants were properly sized up and matched with the appropriate frames.

 

SportStart is back!

Cerebral Palsy Sport are relaunching the SportStart programme after a short break away. The SportStart days will now be available to everyone in the community and will be delivered in the school holidays and weekends.

A SportStart event is where CP Sport works with a range of local clubs and organisations who in turn then deliver a range of sporting opportunities during events. Often giving participants the first opportunity to try a specific sport and ensuring they leave with information on how to continue participating after the event.

Participants have the opportunity to try a range of adapted sports and activities either as a first step into the sport or to further develop their skills.

CP Sport is pleased to announce that our first community SportStart event is going to be held in Kent  at the Folkestone Sports Centre on 10th April 2018, 9.30am-14.30pm.

For more information on SportStart, please contact our National Sports Development Officer, Jen Basford via the contact details below:

jennifer.basford@cpsport.org

0115 925 7027

You can find the list of our SportStart events as well as more information on our website here

RaceRunning Taster Sessions at University of Nottingham

Cerebral Palsy Sport is working in Partnership with the University of Nottingham to run 3 RaceRunning sessions in Nottingham on Saturday mornings throughout February.

The sessions aim to give people of all ages the opportunity to try RaceRunning for the first time, progress through some basic skills and develop confidence using the RaceRunning frames.

We have had 8 participants attend so far, and with 2 sessions down the last session will take place on Saturday 17th February. There has been a real mix of participants from as young as 3 to 20 year olds trying RaceRunning for the first time, including an established swimmer giving RaceRunning a go!

The University of Nottingham have been a real support providing use of their High Performance Zone indoor athletics track to host these sessions. Quest88 have also been a huge support providing RaceRunning frames and knowledge to ensure everyone who attends are catered for. We would also like to thank Nottingham Trent University Students Union for supporting these sessions.

Physiotherapy and sport rehabilitation students from both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University have attended the events to learn more about cerebral palsy and develop their learning.

If you would like more information visit the RaceRunning pages on the website here