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.

Young Ambassadors ready to inspire!

Cerebral Palsy announced four Young Sporting Ambassadors in 2016.

The charity already had a long history of working with fantastic ambassadors that advocate for the charity, give their time to attend events and use their stories of sporting success to encourage others. Many of these are established athletes who have competed on the world stage including at Paralympics Games.

For the first time, a new group of Young Sporting Ambassadors, aged between 16 – 25 were brought together to help create a new voice of Cerebral Palsy Sport, to share the impact Cerebral Palsy Sport has had on their lives so far and be role models to young people who have yet to discover sport.

The first of our young ambassadors have been chosen to use their sporting journey to positively encourage others and share their ups and downs along the way to achieving their sporting potential. They are; Ellie Simpson, Matthew Humphreys, Jamie Westerman and Ben Meadows.

Have a read of Ellie’s story here. She shares her first experience of sport and the major positive impact it has had on her life physically, socially & academically.

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We will be growing our Young Sporting Ambassador programme over the coming months so watch this space!

Women’s Sport Week 2016

Women’s Sport Week is 3-9 October 2016 and celebrates women’s sport at every level, from the grassroots to the elite, and highlights the incredible contribution that women make to sport. The overall aim is to get more women and girls physically active and playing sport.

The latest Sport England Active People Survey 10, published this spring, shows that more than 76 per cent of disabled women do not participate in sport of any intensity and of any meaningful duration on a month-to-month basis.

Women’s Sport Week is an opportunity for everybody involved with playing, delivering, leading or working in sport to celebrate, raise awareness and increase the profile of women’s sport across the UK.

Share your stories and show your support on social media using hashtag #WSW16

In celebration of Women’s Sport Week read about these inspiring Cerebral Palsy athletes:

Ellie Simpson – RaceRunning

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Ellie Simpson is 21 years old and was the only female RaceRunner to represent England at the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games. Ellie’s passion for sport wasn’t always there but after attending a Cerebral Palsy Sport athletics series as a club thrower and being introduced to RaceRunning she is now studying a degree in Sport Development and Coaching and uses every opportunity to raise the profile of RaceRunning.

Ellie said:

“CP Sport has changed my life and they got me into RaceRunning – a sport that I love and couldn’t imagine my life without. I can’t wait to show other young people with Cerebral Palsy & physical disabilities all about CP Sport & how they can get involved in all of the sports, events and opportunities!”

Katie Toft – Cycling

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Katie is a 23 year old with mild Quadriplegic CP who first experienced cycling 3 years ago.

Whilst at university Katie wanted to do something that would help her de – stress and take her mind of her studies, this is where she found cycling.

Katie began riding at Stockport CP Wheelers where she met Coach Paul Becket who encouraged her to start riding regularly.  Katie fell in love with the sport, and although not the best at the time, Katie continued to work hard and was encouraged by the clubs’ coaches. After a couple of months Katie began to improve and was soon beating the ‘best guy’ at the clubs.

To continue to develop herself Katie then approached local club Mossley CRT who she continues to ride for still.

Katie’s love for cycling as well as her talent continued to grow and she was soon introduced to the velodrome and British Cycling. 3 years later Katie is a Paracycling champion and currently leading this year Paracycling series.

Katie’s dream was to make the Paralympics and be out in Rio this September but Katie narrowly missed out on a place in the team and instead in September she will be starting her Post Grad Certificate in Teaching at Sheffield Hallam.

Katie’s message to anyone with Cerebral Palsy is ‘don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do something’ if you want to try cycling do it! Find a club that are open to anything once you start riding you will find it easier than walking!

 

For more information on cycling opportunities please visit https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/disabilityhubs?c=EN

For CP Sport enquiries contact info@CPSport.org

Together We Will ambassador meets Chelsea FC idols

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Together We Will campaign ambassador Jude Liversage, from Staffordshire, was recently invited to meet his idols at Chelsea FC team at their training ground in Cobham.

 

The lifelong football fan, that regularly travels the country to watch his beloved blues, went along with his father Tony to meet the first team, including his favourite player John Terry.

 

The visit recognised Jude’s enthusiasm for football and his role as an ambassador for nationwide campaign, Together We Will. The campaign aims to encourage and motivate disabled people, along with their friends and families, to become more active.

 

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading disability sports organisation supporting children and adults with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential. For more information on Cerebral Palsy Sport and to seek advice on activities local to you visit call 0115 925 7027 or email info@cpsport.org

 

For more information about Together We Will and support on how you can be more active, visit the joint campaign page www.efds.co.uk/together.

 

Join the conversation on social media using #TogetherWeWill and share your personal stories and photos of being active this summer.

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The Paralympic Games commences!

The Paralympic Games 2016 kicked off in style last night and there will be plenty of action to follow over the next 11 days.

The Games will be held from 7-18 September and over 4,000 athletes from more than 160 countries will take part. Rio, with its famous landmarks,  provides a stunning backdrop for the Paralympic Games.

Canoeing and Triathlon are new additions to the sporting line up for 2016. Classification explanation for all the sports can be found here.

Great Britain have a team of 264 athletes competing at the Rio Paralympics in 19 sports. The British team have never finished outside the top five in the medal table.

Three Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors are taking part in the Athletics events –

  • Graeme Ballard – T36 100m.  Round 1 Friday 9th September 14:21 – 14:41
  • Sam Ruddock  – F35 Shot Put.Monday 12th September 21:40 – 22:30
  • Stephen Miller MBE  – F32 Club Throw. Tuesday 13th September 14:03 – 17:00

Paralympic Swimmer Ryan Crouch has recently been announced as a coach at our Cerebral Palsy Sport Training Camp taking place at the Swimming and Athletics Training Camp in Nottingham on 30th October at Harvey Hadden Sports Complex. Ryan , who will be competing for GB will be offering his coaching tips. For more information about the event read here.

 

 

CP Sport Ambassadors selected for Rio 2016!

It was announced today that these CP Sport Ambassadors have been selected for Rio 2016. Congratulations!

Graeme Ballard

In May 2012, Graeme became the world record holder in the T36 100m, securing a time of 11.98 at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester. At London 2012, his third Games, Graeme won silver in this event, adding to the bronze medal that he won in the T36 200m in Athens.  Graeme most recently won a silver medal at the IPC Athletics European Championships in June 2016 in Italy.

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Stephen Miller MBE

Stephen has  represented Great Britain for 20 years, competing in 5 Paralympic Games, 6 World Championships and 4 European Championships – so far winning 26 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 was honoured in the New Years Honours List by Her Majesty the Queen with an MBE.

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Sam Ruddock

Since the 2013-2014 season, he has switched events, competing at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon as a sprinter and the 2014 IPC European Championships in Swansea as a shot putter. He chose to switch from track to field to further his development in the lead up to the 2016 Paralympic Games and beyond towards Tokyo 2020.

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More about our ambassadors can be read here

 

They are amongst  41 athletes added to the line-up for track and field in Rio as a number of Paralympic, World and European medallists were selected today. Read more here