Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletics Championships 2018

The Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletic Championships took place on Saturday 1st September 2018. This year’s WPA sanctioned Nationals was held at Doncaster Athletics track having moved from Nottingham in previous years.

IMG_7997Cerebral Palsy Sport welcomed a range of Athletes to Doncaster from guest Athletes competing in their first Nationals, to Team England Members and Paralympians, which created a real excitement at the event.

The event consisted of a full programme of Track and Field events including Ambulant and RaceRunning on the track and Ambulant and Seated field events.  A total of 43 Athletes registered for the event.

The first of the medals ceremonies took place during the lunch break. Medals were presented by Sporting Ambassador Steve Judge, who kindly agreed to come along and present medals and talk with athletes and their families. Series Award winners we also presented by Steve Judge.

Senior Athletics Series 2018 Winners                 

  • Male Track: Matthew Humphreys
  • Female Track: Beth Moulam
  • Male Field: Tyrone Williams
  • Female Field: Leanna Horne

Under 20’s Athletics Series 2018 Winners

  • Male Track: Thomas Talbot
  • Female Track: Natasha Settlelen
  • Male Field: Thomas Conroy

CP Sport Athletics Guest Series winner 2018

  • Field: Abigail Birch

IMG_8035Following the afternoon events Cerebral Palsy Sport Board member, Safia Iman presented the afternoon medals. Over the course of the day a total of 65 medals were presented to the athletes (G 47, S 16, B 2)

A big thank must go to all the officials and volunteers supporting the event and also to Doncaster Athletics Club who welcomed us their facility and were fantastic at ensuring we had everything we needed set up for when we arrived.

See the full results here

Click here to see all the pictures from the event. Photos courtesy of Nick Stevens

British RaceRunning success at the WPA European Athletics Championships

RaceRunning has made its competitive debut at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin this month and Great Britain and Northern Ireland have new European RaceRunning Champions for both men and women.

Women’s 100m RR2/3

After both setting world records in their classes in the morning’s heats, it was expected to be a competitive final and it certainly lived up to the billing. Hannah Dines (Red Star) was pushed all the way to the line by teammate Kayleigh Haggo (Red Star, Janice Eaglesham) and stopped the clock in 19.00 (-0.7) – 0.13 seconds outside the world record she had set in the heats,  to beat her teammate and both secured their place on the podium.

Newly crowned European champion, Hanah said the competition from her teammate only makes the pair stronger: “Having the opportunity to compete on the world stage is incredibly important and I am delighted to be given the opportunity and win gold.

“I think I am going to have to train pretty hard to stop Kayleigh grabbing that off me,” Hannah added.

Silver medallist Kayleigh, who set a time of 19.46 said: I can’t put into words how much I enjoyed it. I went out there to have fun and I certainly did that. Hannah and I train together so it’s really good having each other to push one another. When I am racing her, I just love it and I love trying to catch her and trying to keep up.”

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Men’s RR2/RR3 100m Final

The next race on the track also saw a British one-two as Gavin Drysdale (Red Star, Janice Eaglesham) raced to victory in the men’s RR3/2 1oom Final with Rafi Solaiman (Sheffield & Dearne) taking the silver medal and Lassi Kromann from Denmark (RR2) placing third. Gavin and Rafi’s times were 17.37 (-1.0) and 19.33 respectively.

Gavin Drysdale from Scotland, had an impressive start which set the tone for the rest of the contest. He surged to the gold medal with his teammate Rafi battling hard to secure his first international medal for the GB & NI team.

Gavin said: “I felt like I had already won a gold medal just by being here so to win a real one is absolutely incredible. It means the absolute world to me to be competing here in Berlin, I still can’t believe we are actually here, I am usually cheering everyone from my TV screen at home and now I am on the other side having just competed.

“Race running is one of the very few sports I can do independently so to be given this opportunity to come and compete at a European Championships and something which I can participate in independently and, more importantly, something I love has just been totally surreal.”

Rafi who is bringing home his first WPA Silver medal added: “It feels great to be a silver medallist – I can’t believe it. I came here to medal, and I have done it. It was absolutely exhilarating. From the minute the gun went off, I was in the zone and it was good.”

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Graeme Ballard wins gold at the WPA European Athletics Championships

Congratulations to our Sporting Ambassador Graeme Ballard who has won Gold at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin.

Graeme first got involved in the sport when he was 19 while attending Beaumont College in Lancaster. He was then asked to compete at the Cerebral Palsy Sport competition, in Nottingham

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.

Ballard won the European title coming for the T36 100m with a season’s best time of 12.32 seconds seeing him ease to the line clear of the rest of the field.

Graeme Ballard medal

“I feel absolutely overwhelmed. I thought it was going to be hard after the false start, but experience showed in the end,” he said.

“The closest to me was Roman Pavlyk, and I expected him to be a lot closer to myself.

“Roman’s been around nearly as long as I’ve been around, so I expected a bit more of a challenge, but you can’t beat experience.

“My race went as good as it could’ve gone, to plan and I’m really pleased with the way I went out there and hit it hard.”

Graeme will be competing again on saturday in the T36 200m, the event in which he became a Paralympic medallist for the first time – way back in 2004.

Congratulations Stephen from all the team at Cerebral Palsy Sport and good luck in your next race on Saturday.

Stephen Miller strikes silver at the WPA European Athletics Championships

Congratulations to our Sporting Ambassador Stephen Miller MBE who has struck silver at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin.

Stephen  became a Paralympic club throw champion in 1996 – took silver for his sixth successive European medal in the F32 Club Throw with an throw of 29.78m during the morning session on day three.

Stephen, of Gateshead Harriers pushed the current world record holder and Paralympic champion

Miller – a three-time Paralympic champion – rolled back the years as he produced a consistent series of throws, with his second-round effort the best of the rounds. With athletes taking all six throws in one series, the pressure was on Stephen to deliver his best within that timeframe. After a starting mark of 28.58m, his second effort was recorded as 29.78m, raising the bar for his opponents who followed.

Poland’s Maciej Sochal defended his European title with a best of 31.12m which left Miller to pick up his sixth European medal.

Stephen reflected afterwards: “I didn’t feel like I threw very well today. I didn’t really fulfil my potential so I’m a bit disappointed. The way it turned out, I think I could have won the gold medal, so it is hard to take when you know you could have done a little bit better. But you take it on the chin. A silver is a silver and it is another one to add to the collection. The story continues but it is frustrating.

“I was consistent but to be honest, I never properly hit one. But I had great preparation coming into this one – I’ve had great support from British Athletics & the National Lottery this year which has helped me a great deal. It is always a pleasure to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland.”

On adding another medal to his ever-growing collection, Stephen added: “This is my sixth European medal, I’ve won a medal at every Europeans now, so it is great to continue that run. There were not many competitors there today, but you can only face who is here. To win another medal is a great honour – it is not something I take lightly.”

Congratulations Stephen from all the team at Cerebral Palsy Sport

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Team CP England Success at the 2018 CPISRA World Games, Spain.

Team CP England are back from the CPISRA 2018 World Games in Sant Cugat, Spain having topped the medal table with 110 medals.  25 countries came together in Sant Cugat to compete in a variety of sports. Team CP England, made up of 26 swimmers and 37 athletes (including RaceRunners) won a total of 44 golds, 36 silvers and 30 bronze medals, more than doubling their closest rivals Poland who finished with 51 medals.

The event was not only a huge success for the athletes in terms of the medals won, there was lifetime best, season bests, and personal bests for all most all of the team. The Games also gave a large number of the team the opportunity to experience international competition for the first time. Overall it was a fantastic experience as Team CP England showed the rest of the World not only how good they were on the track, field or in the pool, but as a team of fantastic individuals.

Lisa Morton-Smith, Chef De Mission for Team CP England said: “The Games were a fantastic opportunity for all Team CP England athletes. Not only did most experience international competition for the first time, they made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Topping the medal table was an extra credit to how hard each athlete had work prior to and during the games. I am incredibly proud of each and every one of the team”.

After returning from the Games, one parent of an athlete said:“I just wanted to thank you again for an amazing experience. From arriving knowing no one, to coming together as a team and to leaving as friends it was incredible”.

One of our Team CP England athlete said: “ Huge thank you to everyone who made the games possible and such an amazing experience. I very much enjoyed my first World Games and debut representing England”.

Cerebral Palsy Sport would like to share a special thanks to the volunteers who supported Team CP England throughout the games, without them it would not of been possible.

 

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Cerebral Palsy Sport join with the Activity Alliance for the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Competition.

The competition took place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of July 2018 at Coventry Athletics Track.

More than 200 junior disabled athletes from across the UK competed, included 16 Cerebral Palsy Sport Athlete members. RaceRunning featured for the first time in the program and drew a lot of interest from the spectators, many of whom had not seen or heard of RaceRunning but were thoroughly impressed. The athletes took part in a full track and field programme across the whole weekend, and in challenging heat, and all performed exceptionally well.

It was great to see a large support for the athletes from family members and the volunteers assisting at the event which helped to create a real buzz.

For the full results click here 

We will soon be adding photos from the event. Once available they will be available on our facebook page

CP Athletes selected for World Para Athletics European Championships

The athletes selected for the World Para Athletics European Championships to be held in Berlin from 20-26 August 2018 have today been announced by British Athletics. Of the 52 athlete team, 23 are athletes with cerebral palsy including two of our Sporting Ambassadors – Graeme Ballard and Stephen Miller. Also included for the first time are four RaceRunners. We would like to congratulate everybody who made the team and wish them the best of luck in Berlin.

The full list of CP athletes that have been selected are:

  • Graeme Ballard
  • Olivia Breen
  • Hannah Cockcroft
  • Hannah Dines
  • Gavin Drysdale
  • Kayleigh Haggo
  • Sophie Hahn
  • Jordan Howe
  • Harri Jenkins
  • Rhys Jones
  • Kyle Keyworth
  • Maria Lyle
  • Stephen Miller
  • Javaughan Parkes
  • Ross Paterson
  • Ben Rowlings
  • Ali Smith
  • Rafi Solaiman
  • Isaac Towers
  • Vanessa Wallace
  • Eve Walsh Dann
  • Shaun White
  • Thomas Young

For more information and to find out the full team selected click here

 

Rules update from World Para Athletics

World Para Athletics LogoWorld Para Athletics have updated rules relating to WPA events. The updated rules are in relation to Rule 7: Assistance to Athletes, Rule 14: Wheelchair and RaceRunning Frame Requirements and Rule 14: General Conditions

We advise any athlete taking part in WPA sanctioned events to familiarise yourself with the updated rules.

Click here to see updates

One month to go until Team CP England compete at the CPISRA World Games 2018

World Games Logo530 participants from 25 countries; Austria, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, England, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland and Sweden; Argentina, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, India, Kenya, Lithuania, Oman, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, UAE and USA. are coming together on the 6th August to take part in the CPISRA World Games in San Cugat.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is proud that 63 athletes will be representing Team CP England across Athletics, Swimming and RaceRunning.  The athletes that are attending are:

Athletics:

  • Amelia Richards
  • Anna Nicholson
  • Anthony Bryan
  • Brendan Clifford
  • Cathy Booth
  • Charlie Goodwin
  • Conor O’Hare
  • Emily Stewart
  • Gareth Brown
  • George Fox
  • Grace Greenwood
  • India Oates
  • Jahziah Williams
  • Jamie Edwards
  • Joel James
  • Leaha Dixon
  • Leanna Horne
  • Nathan Freeman
  • Olivia Gallagher
  • Philippa Mannings
  • Rachel Partington
  • Robert Allerston
  • Ryan Ragoo
  • Stewart Chappell
  • Thomas Stamp
  • Toby Markham
  • Tyrone Williams
  • William Baxter
  • Yasmin Somers

RaceRunning:

  • Bethany Moulam
  • Ellie Simpson
  • Orla Conneely
  • Charlie Denman
  • Rafi Solaiman
  • Muninder Hayer
  • Matthew Humphreys
  • Thomas Talbot

Swimming:

  • Ben Rees
  • Catriona Chung
  • Charlotte Ryan
  • Connor Stuart
  • Dominic Redpath
  • Ella Cooper-Holmes
  • Ella O’Donnell
  • Emily Manock
  • Fabienne Andre
  • Hayley Milne
  • Hollie Pinder
  • Jacob Chambers
  • Jasmine Bamber
  • Jordan Quinn
  • Joshua Monaghan- Coombs
  • Leo Johnson
  • Levi Codling
  • Matthew Davies
  • Maya Brisco
  • Megan Short
  • Nirari Youssefi-Titchen
  • Sallie Phillips
  • Samm Lewis
  • Samuel Whearty
  • Sophie Taylor
  • Zoe Cain

Support Staff and Volunteers:

  • Lisa Morton Smith  – Chef De Mission
  • Jen Basford Team Manager – Swimming
  • Richard Kerr Team Manager – Athletics
  • Ian Clegg – Team CP England Volunteer
  • Elaine Morris – Team CP England Volunteer
  • Ian Morris Team – CP England Volunteer
  • Simon Smith Team – CP England Volunteer
  • Liz Moulam Team – CP England Volunteer
  • John Moulam Team  – CP England Volunteer

Please click here to see the latest schedule from 2018 world games

During the event we will be updating our social media channels with results and information from the event.

RaceRunning features at insport series in Pembroke

Cerebral Palsy Sport were invited to run a RaceRunning start session as part of the insport Inclusive Sports series held in Pembroke on Friday 29th June.

Image with CP LogoThe event was support by Disability Sport Wales and featured a number of different activities including cricket, wheelchair basketball and inclusive rugby and many more for people to try. The event was promoted to both schools and community groups across Pembrokeshire.

A total of 6 young people had a go at RaceRunning, with all saying that they really enjoyed taking part. A support assistant of one of the participants commented “Brilliant, it would definitely help get her mobile and increase confidence and can do attitude”.

If you would like to find out more about RaceRunning click here or contact Richard Kerr richard.kerr@cpsport.org