CP Sport Ambassadors to support Training Day and Awards

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce that the charity’s Ambassadors will be attending and supporting the upcoming Athletics, RaceRunning and Swimming Training Camp on Sunday 8th October 2017 at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.

The Training Camp is for participants, and coaches working with athletes or swimmers in a regular training environment who want to become more inclusive and/or increase knowledge of CP and training techniques. There will also be a RaceRunning taster and RaceRunning classification available on the same day.

The Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors include Paralympics and World Class athletes with a huge amount of experience who can provide an interesting insight into sport at the top level for those with cerebral palsy. Read more about our Ambassadors here.

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador and Paralympian Matthew Walker will be coaching the swimming session at the Training Camp. Matthew has won multiple medals and has been to four Paralympic Games. In 2009 he was awarded an MBE.

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There will be an opportunity to meet and hear from some of the Ambassadors in the afternoon including Sam Ruddock, Graeme Ballard and Stephen Miller MBE who competed at the World Para Athletics Championships this summer and the Rio Paralympics in 2016,  and we’ll even have one or two present our annual awards so don’t forget to nominate for your achiever, volunteer, coach or club of the year here!

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The Cerebral Palsy AGM will be taking place at 4pm followed by the annual Awards at 4.30m. Further details here.

Register for the Training Camp and RaceRunning classification here

Details about the RaceRunning taster session can be found here

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

 

Another World Record at the CP Sport Athletics Series!

The second in the 2017 Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics Series took place at the University of York on Saturday 27th May.

It was another event packed with exciting competition on the track and field and for Muninder Singh Hayer it was his second World Record in the series.

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We caught up with RaceRunner Muninder who told us how his season is going so far and about his most recent World Record performance.

” I couldn’t ask to be in better form going into the World Championships later this year. Training is going better than expected and I feel like I can achieve the impossible at the moment. Only last week I finished my final week at University and last exam.

When I broke the 200 meter World Record early last month it took about a week to sink in but for people who personally know me I almost forgot about what I had achieved and just carried on training. As I’d exceeded expectations at my first competition of the season myself and my coach decided to put my winning formula to the test and make a debut in the 800 meters. With me being so competitive and about 6 weeks before my next competition I drastically forced myself and made training sessions harder. This ranged from doing several 800 meters on the track (sometimes pulling a 10KG weight) to increasing my leg presses from 18KG to 32KG.

Finally the opportunity of my first competitive 800 meters came last weekend at York and I can’t say anything else other than I gave it my best considering the weather conditions and smashed the World Record by just over 19 seconds with 04.35.5. I’m not going to give anything else away heading into the World Championships… “

You can follow Muninders progress via the links below:

Website: www.munindersinghhayer.co.uk

Twitter: @sikh4lfe

Instagram: @sikh4lfe

Facebook: facebook.com/mshf31

Read Muninder’s story here.

Enter the 2017 Athletics Series and National Championships here.

Typhoo and EFDS tea-m up in 2017 to support disabled athletes

Typhoo and the national charity the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have teamed up again in 2017 to provide disabled athletes with more sporting opportunities to compete across England. It will be the third year that Typhoo will add an extra ‘OO’ to the National Junior Athletics Championships and nine regional qualifiers, aiming to increase the number of disabled people in athletics.

Every year 1400 disabled athletes take part in this particular athletics programme across England. In 2017, the tea company is brewing up again with EFDS’s events programme to ensure more disabled athletes have access to local and national competition.

Disabled athletes will be part of the regional qualifiers that lead to the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships climax on 1-2 July. Over 200 12-20 year olds will take part at Warwick Athletics Stadium, where spectators can spot future stars among competitors.

Somnath Saha, CEO of Typhoo Tea, said:

“Sports unites people and, at Typhoo, bringing communities together is an important part of what we do. Supporting the EFDS again this year, we look forward to providing more opportunities for young disabled people to compete at a high level as part of our ongoing Sports for All programme.”

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for EFDS, said:

“It is fantastic to be working with Typhoo for a third year. This is a much-loved programme and every year we enjoy seeing how many people get involved in this athletics programme, whether taking part or volunteering. Typhoo’s support means we can ensure more disabled people can reap the benefits of an active lifestyle.”

For over 25 years, the national event has provided thousands of young disabled athletes with the opportunity to develop their talent and compete against others from across the country. The full track and field programme means athletes with a wide range of impairments can take part- something, which many events do not regularly offer.

Many elite disabled athletes began their golden careers at the national event. Paralympians Hannah Cockroft, Hollie Arnold, Shelly Woods and Aled Davies were once junior participants who moved up the ranks to become world-class athletes.

Teams of dedicated volunteers deliver regional events, which drive the athletes’ ambition to qualify at the nationals. This makes it highly competitive for the team trophy at the national event. Also supporting the event is the Lions Club International, a long-term supporter of the junior athletics programme who continually give up their time and energy to raise funds.

Regional events begin in April across the English regions. More information about the Typhoo Regional and National Championships will be available on EFDS’s website. Find the regional events here.

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For further information on Cerebral Palsy Sports Athletics and National Athletics Championships please click here.

 

Muninder breaks RaceRunning World Record!

On Sunday 2nd April 2017 Cerebral Palsy Sport held the first of the 2017 Athletics Series, at Yeovil Olympiads Athletic Club, as part of the Bill Whistlecroft Spring Athletics Festival.

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The weather was excellent and the events included a variety of track and field disciplines with over 100 people taking part.

It was certainly a day to remember for competitor Muninder Singh Hayer. He broke the world record in the 200m RaceRunning RR1 category.

Muninder said after the event;

It was almost a 6 hour drive down to Yeovil on Saturday but well worth it, I knew I was the only person competing in both my track and field events. I have worked beyond expectations all through my winter training and desperately wanted to see all my hard work pay off and produce something special in my first competition of the season. A few weeks ago I did the unthinkable and took my first step ever, so knew I was going in the right direction. To some people this might not sound like a lot but to me this just felt unreal!

 Some people do ask me why I don’t speak to anyone before a competition and just listen to music. I think many athletes have their own way of preparing for a competition and this is mine. 

I started the day on the field where I threw my second best distance ever in the club throw. This was a huge boost going into my track events. Then came my 100 meters where I ran my best time on UK soil (I’ve only ran quicker at the European Championships last year overseas). 

 I was in high spirit going into my 200 meter race. I knew I could set a World Record and that’s exactly what I did! I ran 55.10 beating the previous record by a substantial distance 2.1 seconds!

 After this I knew I wasn’t finished and set a new personal best in my 400 meters. I hope this can lead me to greater success going into the World Championships later this year!

 A huge thank you to my coach Graham for all his hard work and belief in me. Also big credit to Cerebral Palsy Sport and Oneathlete for all their contribution for making this possible. 

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Read more about Munider in My Story

Find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics series here: http://www.cpsport.org/sports/athletics/

The impact of RaceRunning

Cerebral Palsy Sport have had the opportunity to introduce many children, adults and coaches to RaceRunning, an increasingly popular sport.

RaceRunning is suitable for those who cannot functionally run and rely on sports aids for mobility and balance. The equipment is a three wheeled frame where the athlete is supported by a saddle and body plate. The athlete propels against the frame using their feet, and steers using the mobility within their hands and/or arms.

In 2014, Cerebral Palsy was successful in securing Sport England Get Equipped funding to purchase a number of RaceRunning bikes and to run a series of RaceRunning Taster Days. These taster days have led on to a number of children taking up RaceRunning regularly and taking part in competitions.

One case study we have chosen to highlight is a 6 year old boy called Abraham. RaceRunning has been a life changer for him and his family. His mum told us how Abraham can’t run fifty yards but  in the race runner for the first time he did over 400m! She tells us the benefits have been unbelievable. He has grown in confidence, is less frustrated, works hard on his physio and OT and is making huge progress at school. Read the full story about Abraham here

Our next RaceRunning taster session is on Saturday 28th January 2017 in Sheffield. There is also Frame Football on offer at this is event. Register here

To find out more about RaceRunning please click here or you can contact us at at CP Sport on 0115 925 7027 or email athletics@cpsport.org

Superhero Tri Series launches!

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Today marks the official launch of a brand new and exciting event. The  Superhero Series is the UK’s one and only disability sports series for the everyday Superhero and their family & friends.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is an official charity partner and so you can take part, have fun and raise funds for us at the same time.

This exciting event will take place on the 19th August 2017 at Dorney Lake, Windsor ( the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games rowing Venue).

The Celebrity Superhero Tri will have 30 well known Paralympians and celebrities as Team Captains.

This is an outline of how it will work:

Team up: Unite with disabled and non friends and family to share the the work (and the fun!)

Grab a Sidekick:  This world first is a unique chance to tow a friend or loved one in the water and push/pull them one in the water and push/pull them around the bike and push/run stages.

Fly solo: For those participants who want to do all 3 stages

There are Three epic distances:

Full Superhero Tri: Solo Team or Sidekick: 150m Swim; 3k cycle and 1km run

Half Superhero Tri: Solo, Team or Sidekick: 400m swim; 10k cycle and 2.5km run

Full Superhero Tri: Solo, Team or Sidekick: 750m swim; 20k cycle and 5 km run

For further information click here.

If you wish to be part of our team and raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport, please email fundraising@cpsport.org or call 0115 925 7027.

 

 

BWAA offer winter athletics training opportunity

The British Wheelchair Athletic Association are now offering winter training during the off-season to Seated Throwers who are in training.

Cerebral Palsy Sport join forces with the BWAA every year as part of the CP Sport Athletics Series to provide competitive opportunities. We can now offer their training weekends to our network.

The dates below are for Seated Throwers interested in doing more training. The cost is £5. All of the training weekends will be at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury, HP21 9PP.

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November 19th/20th

December 17th/18th  ( Grand prix presentation and Christmas meal)

January 14th/15th

February 11th/12th

March 11th/12th

For more information regarding the BWAA winter training please contact Rachel Ward: Rachel.ward@cpsport.org

Date for the diary: Cerebral Palsy Sport will be putting on a Track and Field Training camp on the 11th February 2017, keep checking our events page for more information.