The Cerebral Palsy Sport Award Winners 2017 announced!

Sunday 8th October was a very busy day for Cerebral Palsy Sport at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.

A RaceRunning Taster session was held, which included Paralympic athlete Stephen Miller MBE who wanted to try the sport for the very first time! There was also a RaceRunning classification opportunity for regular participants supported by CPISRA , and a practical and educational training camp for Swimmers.

Athletes and coaches during the day with expert coaching and advise on hand including a talk from Paralympic Swimmer Matthew Walker.

Our sincere thanks go to Freeths Solicitors who supported the day and also provided volunteers on the day.

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The Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors were all invited to the day to talk to the participants during the afternoon session which was a fantastic opportunity to hear their stories and ask questions. It proved to be very entertaining, inspiring and informative. Steve Judge was introduced as the newest Sporting Ambassador to the team.

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Steve said:

“As new Ambassador is was great to meet representatives of  Cerebral Palsy Sport yesterday, athletes, staff, family, friends & volunteers”


Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Awards 2017 

Following on from an AGM, the annual Cerebral Palsy Sport Awards were presented. Congratulations to all those who were nominated,  and the winners who are listed below:

Sports Coach of the Year:

Presented by: Steve Judge

Winner: Andrew Longden

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Swimming – Swimmer of the Year:

Presented by: Basher Hassan

Winner: Hayley Milne

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Sports Volunteer of the Year:

Presented by: Leon Taylor

Winner: Simon Keaney

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Fundraiser of the Year:

Presented by: Aideen Blackborough

Winner: Marcus Pemberton & the Trick Questers

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Sports Club of the Year:

Presented by: James Shaw

Winner: CP United Football Club

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Partner of the Year:

Presented by: Ilana Freestone

Winner: APCP – Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapistsa

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Swimming – Andrew Stubbs Trophy:

Presented by: Mrs Stubbs

Winner: Hollie Pinder

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Athletics – Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour:

Presented by: Graeme Ballard

Winner: Nathan Freeman

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 Sports Achiever of the Year:

Presented by: Sam Ruddock

Winner: Samuel Whearty

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Lifetime Achievement Award:

Presented by: Aideen Blackborough and Stephen Miller MBE

Winner: Basher Hassan

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Sporting Ambassador Ellie Simpson said:

“Great training day thanks to CP Sport. And SO proud of my coach who won Coach of the Year! Unbelievably well deserved!” 

Photos from the Awards ceremony can be found here

Steve Judge is announced as CP Sport Ambassador

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce that Steve Judge has joined the team of Ambassadors for the charity.

Steve is a two times Paratriathlon World Champion winning in China in 2011 and New Zealand in 2012.

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His story starts back in his childhood where he was always setting goals and working towards them, initially in the Scout movement achieving badges and awards and then in sport as a young man who loved to run. It was when a near fatal car accident crushed his legs and he was told he may never walk again that Steve Judge’s drive, motivation and commitment really came into its own.

Steve’s focus, passion and hard work enabled him to achieve through rehabilitation, growing his leg back and learning to stand again and walk again. The results of the accident left Steve with disability in both of his legs and forced him to think about what he could do rather than what he couldn’t do.

Steve went on to set even more physical goals as a disabled athlete in swimming, cycling and then running progressing him on to the sport of Paratriathlon where he eventually became British, European and World Champion.

Steve’s inspirational story explains the mottos, and mantras he created to continue on his path without leaning on his excuses, instead turning his excuses into challenges.

As a recognised inspirational and motivational speaker and personal life coach Steve shares his thoughts and wisdom through his experiences to enable us to realise our own ultimate goal in life, to work towards it and have, no regrets.

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When asked how he felt about being asked to be a Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport Steve said,

“I was shocked an honoured at the same time. Although my disability is not cerebral palsy the experiences and journey that I have been on enable me to have great synergy with all athletes. I will inspire and motivate all persons involved in Cerebral Palsy Sport to think about what they can participate in rather than what they can’t. To not lean on their excuses but to be the best that they can be when they play and to enjoy life to the full.”

Steve will be joining the other Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassdors at the AGM and Awards on 8th October at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.

For more information on the Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors please click here

Nominations open for the CP Sport Awards 2017

Cerebral Palsy Sport recognises that there is a huge amount of fantastic sport and activity available for people with CP across the country and as the National Disability Sports Organisation we want to be able to recognise those involved.

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There are so many participants, volunteers, coaches and clubs who do fantastic work and the the Cerebral Palsy Sport Awards are an opportunity for you to nominate someone and have their hardwork, dedication and achievements recognised.

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There are four categories:

  • Sports achiever of the year (Football, Cricket, Athletics, and Swimming)
  • Sports volunteer of the year
  • Coach of the year
  • Sports club of the year

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The Awards ceremony will take place on the same day as the AGM, Sunday 8th October 2017  at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Wigman Rd, Nottingham NG8 4PB. Time: 4pm-5.30pm.

Please download the nomination form here CP Sport awards – nominations forms and return by email or post to Cerebral Palsy Sport:

info@cpsport.org or CP Sport Unit 5, Heathcoat Building, Nottingham Science and Technology Park, University Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2QJ.

Deadline for nominations is the 18th September.

 

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

 

 

The World Para Athletics Championships commences!

From 14th – 23rd July the eighth edition of the World Para Athletics Championships takes place in London at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the home of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is the first time that the Championships have been held back-to-back with the IAAF equivalent.

The last Championships were held in Doha, Qatar, in October 2015 and attracted 1,229 athletes from 90 countries.  China topped the medals table picking up 85 medals, 41 of which were gold. An impressive 54 world records were set during the 10 days of competition. It is expected that 1,300 athletes from 100 countries will compete in London.

This World Para Athletics Championships will see a number of Cerebral Palsy Sport ambassadors and participants taking part. Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors Stephen Miller MBE, Graeme Ballard and Sam Ruddock are all part of Team GB as well as Abbie Hunnisett, who recently featured in our series ‘My Story’.

Good luck to all of those taking part!

The event schedule can be found here and the Games will be televised on Channel Four.

 

CP Sport Ambassadors announced to compete at World Para Athletics Championships

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors Stephen Miller MBE, Graeme Ballard and Sam Ruddock have all been named as part of Team GB for the World Para Athletics Championships taking place in London on 14th – 23rd July 2017.

The 49-strong British team was announced by British Athletics this week and includes 21 medallists from the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Stephen Miller, 37, who won bronze in the Rio Paralympics last September, was male team captain for the GB Athletics Team in the London 2012 Paralympics, where a hip injury prevented him being fully fit and he finished 11th.

Stephen said;

“It’s always special to be named in a British team, and it’s always the first goal of the season, I take nothing for granted. It’s a proud moment for me and my family and my support team. I haven’t medalled at World Championships since 2011 so I’m motivated to put that right. I’m in good shape physically and mentally, we’re confident I can put in a great performance in London this July.”

Ten 2016 Paralympic Games gold medallists have been selected including Hannah Cockroft,  Aled Davies , Jonnie Peacock and Richard Whitehead.
Watch out for Graeme Ballard in T36 100m and 200m, Stephen Miller in the F32 Club Throw and Sam Ruddock in F35 Shot Put.

Abbie Hunnisett, featured in  Cerebral Palsy Sports ‘My Story’ will be competing in the F32 Club Throw.

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We wish all the athletes the best of luck at the Games!

Find out more about Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors here.

 

James Shaw and GB quad team become World Champions

Great Britain’s quad wheelchair tennis team won their fifth BNP Paribas World Team Cup title on Sunday in Sardinia after defeating Israel 2-1.

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Andy Lapthorne, Antony Cotterill and James Shaw all played in in the quad final before Cotterill and Lapthorne won the crucial doubles rubber.

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador James Shaw, representing Great Britain for just the second time at what is the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup, found London 2012 gold medallist Noam Gershony too strong in the opening singles rubber, Gershony winning 6-2, 6-1 to give Israel the lead.

However, world No. 3 Lapthorne levelled the final with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Shraga Weinberg and reigning Doubles Masters champions Cotterill and Lapthorne produced a sensational performance to beat London 2012 doubles bronze medallists Gershony and Weinberg 6-3, 6-0.

“It was amazing to get picked for this highly successful GB team but to win the world title and also play in the final was a dream come true,” said Shaw.

For further information about the Tennis Foundation click here

CP Sport Ambassador James Shaw selected for World Team Cup

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador James Shaw has been selected to represent Great Britain in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy, from 1 – 7 May 2017.

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James is part of the Quad team alongside Andy Lapthorne and Antony Cotterill. In 2016 James won the quad doubles title at the Austrian Open and also finishing runner-up in the quad singles.

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Great Britain will be competing in three of four events at the International Tennis Federation’s flagship wheelchair tennis event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The teams will be:

Men’s Event – captained by Karen Ross

  • Gordon Reid (Glasgow)
  • Alfie Hewett (Cantley)
  • Dermot Bailey (Kettering)

Quad Event – captained by Stuart Wilkinson

  • Andy Lapthorne (Eastcote)
  • Antony Cotterill (Penistone)
  • James Shaw (Nottingham)

Junior Event – captained by Rob Cross

  • Ruairi Logan (Edinburgh)
  • Alex Chaston (Greenwich, London)
  • George Davies (Coventry)

Good luck to all the team!

Find out more about our partner organisation, the Tennis Foundation and their opportunities here

Find out more about our Ambassadors here

Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador receives Torch Trophy Award

On Tuesday 14th March 2017, nineteen volunteers were recognised by HRH The Earl of Wessex for their commitment to community sport at the British Olympic Association.

Each recipient of the Torch Trophy Award was nominated  as outstanding role models within clubs, centres and organisations across the UK. Cerebral Palsy Sport nominated 16 year old Ben Meadows for this award.

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Ben has right sided hemiplegia. He loves all sports but his real passion is football. He is the goalkeeper for the U17’s North West Regional Talent Centre (hosted by CP United FC) and has also had trials for England U19’s.

Ben completed his Football Junior Leaders course last year as part of the “Futures Programme” that CP United provide and has since been an active member, coaching the foundation and tots sessions, as well as being a junior member of the committee at the club. During 2016 Ben was also part of the Liverpool County FA’s Young Coaches Academy and actively helps out with sessions alongside Mark Horlick (Disability Officer for LCFA) which includes coaching and refereeing pan disability football.

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In February 2016 Ben was selected to be a Young Ambassador for the Step into Sport programme, which involved delivering projects on inclusive sports to Young Leaders from across the North West. Ben is a fantastic asset to all the organisations that he volunteers. He has shown dedication and enthusiasm in supporting grassroots sport across the region.

Ben Meadows is a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport and has assisted at our football events. Find out more about ben and our Young Ambassadors here.