British Paralympic Association announce UK Athlete Classification Code

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has today published a new UK Athlete Classification Code, placing athletes’ rights and responsibilities at the heart of the process and strengthening the approach taken to this fundamental part of Paralympic sport.

The new Code will provide greater clarity over the rights and responsibilities of all those involved in the process and set down clear guidelines within a strong overall ethical framework to ensure the British system remains world leading.

It will also support the implementation of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Athlete Classification Code in this country, making the UK one of the first nations formally to adopt the IPC Code at national level.

The BPA consulted with more than 390 stakeholders including sports and athletes throughout the drafting of the code, which has taken more than a year to complete.

Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, said: “The classification of athletes is the bedrock of the Paralympic movement, without it competitive sport is not possible, nor meaningful.

“That is why I am proud of our pioneering work on this new UK Athlete Code, which clearly demonstrates the BPA’s leadership and commitment to enhancing the process to ensure it is better understood and delivered by all involved.

“Education for everyone engaged around the process – athletes, their families, the sports and other agencies in the sporting landscape – is crucial to this. We will do all we can to help those involved fully understand the new Code and system and have access to the necessary support and advice. This will include the option to raise any concerns directly with the British Paralympic Association where an individual feels it necessary to  remain independent of a sport’s National Governing Body.”

The code aims to set out stage by stage how the classification system works and who is responsible for what throughout the process.

The BPA is committed to working in partnership to deliver a range of education programmes including a variety of resources for athletes and sports to ensure they fully understand the evolution of the classification process and ensure best practice is shared throughout the sporting system.

Other changes include a commitment to enable athletes to report genuine concerns over Intentional Misrepresentation (where an athlete attempts to deceive the classification panel as to the extent of their impairment) independently of their National Governing Body if they choose to do so.

““Education is at the heart of this as there is a lot of misunderstanding of the classification process and who is responsible for what which can arouse suspicion. Anything that helps everyone better understand this is to be warmly welcomed and I think this Code is a great positive step forward.”Sophie Christiansen

Sophie Christiansen, eight times Paralympic gold medallist and member of both the BPA’s Athlete Commission and Classification Advisory Group, which played a leading role in devising the code, said: “I believe open and transparent classification is crucial to the integrity of Paralympic Sport. I am delighted such a wide variety of athletes have had the opportunity to help shape this new code as it is vital we all take responsibility for driving up standards and understanding within the classification process.

“Education is at the heart of this as there is a lot of misunderstanding of the classification process and who is responsible for what which can arouse suspicion. Anything that helps everyone better understand this is to be warmly welcomed and I think this Code is a great positive step forward.”

Classification establishes who can and cannot compete in Paralympic Sport and groups athletes into sport classes, depending on how much their impairment impacts functional activities in each specific sport or discipline.

The new UK Athlete Classification Code comes into effect on 1 March 2018.  Following an implementation period its adoption will be a condition of member of the BPA.

The new classification code can be downloaded here: UK Athlete Classification Code – 2018 Final


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New RaceRunning sessions to launch in Nottingham

Cerebral Palsy Sport in partnership with the University of Nottingham are launching three RaceRunning sessions.

The sessions are an opportunity for anyone interested in RaceRunning to come along including participants, parents, coaches, physiotherapists and representatives from athletics clubs to try the sport, see how the RaceRunners work and how to coach RaceRunning.

To attend the session you must book a place by downloading and completing the registration form Registration Form taster sessions and returning to

the registration form can be downloaded here: Registration Form taster sessions

Please Note places are limited to 10 per session

The sessions are £5 per session

For more information please call 0115 925 7027


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CP Sport’s Athletics Series dates for 2018 announced

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce the dates for the 2018 Athletics Series for track, field and RaceRunning athletes.

The series will take across the spring and summer of 2018 on the following dates:

  • Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April 2018 at the Weir Archer Athletics Leisure and Fitness Centre 422A Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 3PB. Please note Saturday is Track and Ambulant Throws and Jumps. Sunday is for the seated throws. For more details, please click here
  • Saturday 12th May 2018 at the City of York Athletic Club, University of York Sports Centre, Heslington, York, YO10 5NA. For more details, please click here
  • Saturday 9th June 2018 at Blackbridge Jubilee Athletics Track, Poplar Close, Gloucester GL1 5TX.  For more details, please click here
  • July event – to be confirmed
  • Saturday 1st September 2018 – The Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletics Championships will take place at the Doncaster Athletics Stadium, 98 Stadium Way, Doncaster DN4 5JB. For more details, please click here

Entry information, competition rules and more details will follow shortly.

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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.


 Ambassador talk

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.


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


Swimming – Swimmer of the Year:

Presented by: Basher Hassan

Winner: Hayley Milne


Sports Volunteer of the Year:

Presented by: Leon Taylor

Winner: Simon Keaney


Fundraiser of the Year:

Presented by: Aideen Blackborough

Winner: Marcus Pemberton & the Trick Questers



Sports Club of the Year:

Presented by: James Shaw

Winner: CP United Football Club




Partner of the Year:

Presented by: Ilana Freestone

Winner: APCP – Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapistsa



Swimming – Andrew Stubbs Trophy:

Presented by: Mrs Stubbs

Winner: Hollie Pinder




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



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

69 Athletes take part in National Athletics Championships

The Cerebral Palsy 2017 Athletics Series culminated on Saturday 23rd September with the National Athletic Championships taking place at Harvey Hadden Sports Complex in Nottingham.


This year’s finals saw 69 athletes compete in over 40 events throughout the course of the day, with medal presentations taking place during lunch and following the afternoon session. It was great to see many returning athletes from previous Series events as well as welcoming some new athletes to the event.

The event was sponsored by Nottingham Trent University and we are grateful for their support and to James Hayter and his colleagues who attended the Championships to present medals to athletes.

Our sincere thanks and appreciation as always goes to our dedicated track & field officials, whose support and commitment ensures the IPC accredited event can take place and of course the volunteers whose support was invaluable to the event.

Full results can be found here


The Series Award winners were presented during lunch and award to the following athletes:

CP Sport Athletics Guest Series winner 2017    

  • Track Orla Conneely
  • Field: Robin Womack

Senior Athletics Series 2017 Winners      

  • Male Track: Muninder Hayer
  • Female Track: Rachel Partington
  • Male Field: Jarel Rose
  • Female Field: Samantha Gray

Under 20’s Athletics Series 2017 Winners        

  • Male Track: Matthew Humphreys
  • Female Track: Amelia Richards
  • Male Field: Daniel Onyett
  • Female Field: Freya Howgate

The Colin Rains Award for commitment and inspirational endeavour will be awarded at the Cerebral Palsy Sport Awards evening at Harvey Hadden Sports Village on Sunday 8th October 2017.

Thank you to everyone who brought a raffle ticket and made a donation, a total of £185 was raised on the day.

Image credit to Myvision4reel Photography- City of Stoke AC

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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


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


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



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

For CP Sport enquiries contact

Cerebral Palsy Sport team up with Parallel London for Olympic Park event

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Cerebral Palsy Sport has teamed up with Parallel London to provide a fantastic opportunity to take part in the world’s first fully inclusive fun push/run event.

Exactly four years on from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Parallel London invites everybody to come together at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in a national celebration of diversity.

This great event takes place on Sunday 4 Sept 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

People can take part in the 10km, 5km, 1km, 100m or the Super Sensory 1km event.

Everybody can unite on the start line for five very different challenges. All ages. All abilities. No cut-off times. No excuses!

The huge free festival will be a vibrant mix of inclusive family fun across technology, health and fitness, culture, children’s entertainment, food and drink and more. So whether you participate, volunteer or simply enjoy the free festival and cheer, join this national celebration of diversity in the build-up to the Rio Paralympics for an unforgettable day out.

Are you in?

Some members of our England RaceRunning team are taking part so join them and have some fun!

For a free place at this fantastic event; email for the code to secure a place and raise some funds for CP Sport!


England RaceRunners prepare for European Championships

5 athletes with cerebral palsy are preparing to fly out to Denmark to represent England at the CPISRA International Racerunning Camp and 3rd European Championships.

The International Camp and European Open Championships will take place between July 11th to 16th 2016 in Fredriksberg, Copenhagen in Denmark.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is really proud to be supporting these young athletes who all started their RaceRunning through our Sport England funded Get Equipped RaceRunning project.

The athletes representing England are:

Muninder Singh Hayer

Matthew Humphries

Ellie Simpson

Rafi Solaiman

Thomas Talbot


Muninder only tried RaceRunning for the first time in February 2016 at one of our RaceRunning taster days and he loved it and he trained ever since. Ellie and Matthew represented England at the Nottingham 2015 CPISRa world Games. This will be RAfi and Thomas’s first international competition.

All the athletes are very excited to be competing overseas and the youngest athlete, Thomas Talbot (12)  said:

“I am so proud to be representing my country in Denmark. When I first came to a CP Sport RaceRunning Taster day eighteen months ago, I did not ever dream that it would lead to me representing England. RaceRunning makes me feel so free on the track like I am flying. I’ve also met so many friends. I love it.”

England Team