RaceRunning becomes World Para Athletics event

The International Paralympic Committee have announced that RaceRunning is to be introduced as a World Para Athletics event. This is a huge step in both the development of RaceRunning and in the opportunity for high support needs athletes.


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The inclusion of RaceRunning as a World Para Athletics event is another significant achievement by CPISRA, following the development of Boccia and CP Football.

It is one more step in the journey for the sport in terms of advancing to the Paralympics and to delivering increased opportunity and participation for all.


 

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Please see the full  announcement below released by IPC and CPISRA last night. This provides both background, next steps and describes World Para Athletics and CPISRA working in consultation.

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RaceRunning is a form of assisted running. The RaceRunning frame is on wheels, which supports the athletes and allows them to successfully ambulate.  For further information about the sport of RaceRunning please click here

Cerebral Palsy Young Ambassadors Ellie Simpson and Matthew Humphreys are both RaceRunners, find out more about them here

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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 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.

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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

Long list for Team England announced

Cerebral Palsy Sport are proud to be coordinating Team England to attend the 2018 CPISRA World Games Games in August 2018.

Cerebral Palsy Sport will inform the athletes who have been selected on the Team England swimming and athletics long list for the 2018 World Games by email, and the lists can be viewed below.

The long list is the first phase of selection and does not guarantee a place in the final team. Long list selection has been based on the qualification standards issued by CPISRA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC), as well as competition results recorded over the last 3 years.

Once those on the long list has accepted/declined their place there will then be a final selection process undertaken. Those that make final selection to represent Team England will be notified by 19th October 2017.

The long list for swimming and athletics can be found here

Keep up to date with World Games news here and Team England news 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.

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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

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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

Images can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CerebralPalsySport/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1487909471289909

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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Photo credit: EFDS and Simon Coates

 

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