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.

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“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.

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

Cerebral Palsy Sports Awards are back!

Cerebral Palsy Sports Awards are back for a 3rd year with the ceremony taking place on the 6th October at Harvey Hadden Sports Village 4pm-5pm.

The 2017 awards were a great success with nominations coming in from across the county. The awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise those that work hard to ensure that sports and activity for people with cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments is available and high quality.

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The award categories are:

  • Sports Achiever of the Year (Football, Cricket, Athletics, and Swimming)
  • Sports Volunteer of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Sports Club of the Year
  • Official of the Year

Additional awards that will be presented on the day are; The Andrew Stubbs Trophy,  Swimmer of the Year,  Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour, Fundraiser of the Year, Young Fundraiser of the Year,  and Lifetime Achievement Award.

If you believe that someone you know deserves to be recognised, or you want to say thank you for all of their hard work and dedication download the nomination form here CP Sport Awards 2018 – nominations forms

If you would like to make your nominations via our online nomination form please use the following links:

Deadline for nominations is Monday 17th September 12pm.

The top 3 nominations in each category will be invited to attend the ceremony where the winners will be announced.

If you would like any further information please contact info@cpsport.org

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Ellie Simpson – Twitter Take Over

We would like to say a huge thank you to Ellie Simpson for hosting a twitter take over today. As a young ambassador for CP Sport we wanted to give Ellie the opportunity to share her experiences  and give our members the chance to ask to ask her questions.

Ellie was asked all sorts of questions from what inspired her to take part in sport to what her favourite biscuits are. see below the questions that Ellie was asked and the answers she gave.

Q: Can you tell me about RaceRunning and how you first got into it?

A: RaceRunning is a form of sprinting for ‘high dependency’ athletes with CP/brain injuries. Athletes use a 3-wheeled frame for support & balance. I got involved in 2015 after a CP Sport Taster Day

Q: What advice would you give to children wanting to take up sport for the first time?

A: Definitely just go for it! It is genuinely the best thing I’ve ever done – I do not know where I’d be today without it. It sounds cliché, but it has changed and transformed my life beyond belief!

Q: What has been your most proud moment and what advice would you give to others?

A: My most proud moment to date is probably winning Double Gold at the 2015 World Games! I became the fastest RR2 female in the world, it was crazy

Q: What do you think are the barriers that stop people with cp taking part in sport and what would your advice be to break down those barriers?

A: I think the biggest barrier is people with CP, and their families, sometimes believe that they cannot do sport because of their physical limitations. But, in reality, this definitely does not need to be a barrier – sport is incredibly inclusive & adaptable

Q: How often do you train and for how long?

A: I currently train 4-5 times a week for between an hour and an hour and a half!

Q: Is it cool being an ambassador for CP Sport?

A: Very! I love showing other people with CP what they can achieve in sport!

Q: What’s the one thing that you would want people to know about Cerebral Palsy?

A: That’s a tough one! Probably that no one is affected by CP in the same way, and there’s always a way around everything!

Q: What is the next competition you’re entering?

A: The first of the 2018 CP Sport Series in just under 2 weeks time in Kingston Upon Thames, I’m nervous but looking forward to competing again!

Q: Do you do any other sports other than RaceRunning?

A: I used to do the Club Throw, which is a seated athletics event, but I gave this up in 2016 to concentrate on my RaceRunning!

Q: How did you become involved in sport?

A: I watched the London 2012 Paralympics & was incredibly inspired by what I was seeing. Shortly after, I attended a Sport Fest & the rest they say is history!

Q: Who has been your biggest inspiration?

A: My wonderful, wonderful coach, Andrew Longden who sadly passed away recently. He made my sporting journey happen and shared his love & passion for sport with me. His belief in me and my abilities was incredible.

Q: What are your future goals?

A: My ultimate goal is to be selected for GB. My dream is to reach the Paralympics, and after the announcement in Oct 2017 that RaceRunning is now a WPA event, that dream is more alive than ever before!

Q: Have you ever done any other sports other than Athletics?

A: Yes, I did sailing for a short while, but I used to get quite cold & wet! It also didn’t have the same thrill/excitement for me as Athletics!

Q: What advice would you give to someone with CP who is thinking about going to Uni? What did you do/need to know to make that decision?

A: I would say absolutely go for it, it transformed my life! I was terrified, so much so I nearly didn’t turn up on the first day! But, I am so glad I forced myself, because it was the best decision I ever made to do Sport Development with Coaching!

Q: What’s the worse thing about being an Athlete?

A: Haha! Sometimes, on a night out, I do have to remind myself that I am an Athlete! But, it’s a small price to pay for the life and the opportunities sport gives me

Q: What did your degree involve?

A: A bit of everything! Coaching, event management, sport and sociology, writing development plans, strategic planning… A really comprehensive degree if you want to work in sport development!

Q: What’s your favourite biscuit?!

A: Haha! It has to be the Jammy Dodger – yum!

Q: Do you see yourself becoming a coach?

A: Most definitely, even more so now after loosing Andrew. I want to carry on his legacy and his love, passion & dedication for RaceRunning & disability athletics.

Take a look at Ellie’s #MyStory to find out more about Ellie here

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CP Sport announce new Sporting Ambassador Martin Sinclair

CP Sport are proud to announce our newest sporting ambassador Martin Sinclair.

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Martin plays for England Cerebral Palsy Football Team, and was in the Great Britain squad for the Paralympics in London 2012. Martin and his brother Scott Sinclair made history by becoming the first brothers to represent any nation in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the same year.

After representing his country and getting 50 England caps, Martin retired from the game in 2015 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the national football museum in 2016.
However Martin recently come out of retirement to play for England Cerebral Palsy again and with his next target set for selection for the European Championships.

Martins says “If I can come back from 18 operations on my hip and two hip replacements anything is possible.” #CPCan

Outside of playing for England Martin is the Saintsability Development Officer at the Saints Foundation focusing on inspiring the next generation and turning their potential into excellence.

Read more about our sporting ambassadors here http://www.cpsport.org/?p=3097

Cerebral Palsy Sport Launch #CPCan Campaign

To coincide with Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, CP Sport will be using the whole of March to promote #CPCan.
The #CPCan Campaign is about raising awareness of cerebral palsy, promoting the range of fantastic opportunities that are available for people with cerebral palsy and physical disabilities, and showcase what people with CP can do.

As a charity who has people with cerebral palsy at the heart of everything do, we want to use CP Awareness Month and #CPCan to inspire people with CP and their families to get involved with Sport and active recreation, and we want to engage with our members, users and followers.

To show your support download you #CPCan poster here #CPCan Poster Green, take your picture and send us your story of support to info@cpsport.org

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Support CP Sport by donating or for more information on fundraising visit www.cpsport.org/support-us/or email info@cpsport.org

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today, 3rd December is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).

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It is estimated that persons with disabilities around the world make up 10% of the population, and 80% live in developing countries. Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been celebrated annually on 3rd December around the world.

The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. This theme focuses on the enabling conditions for the transformative changes envisaged in the 2030 development agenda for Sustainable Development. For further information click here

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Here at Cerebral Palsy Sport we will be showcasing sport at the grassroots level through our social media (Facebook and Twitter), and the impact it can have on a disabled person and their families lives. We’re inviting our participants to share the impact sport can have on their day to day lives on 3rd December using the hashtag #idpwd

Female only CP Football development days announced!

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce two new dates in the events calendar -female only cp football development days.

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Supported by the International Federation of CP Football, the events will be held in Manchester on the 25th November and Brighton on the 26th November.

There has been increasing interest in more cp football opportunities and pathways for female players and this is highlighted in our most recent ‘My Story’ case study from Megan, who is a cp football player who is profoundly deaf.

Megan has recently been selected to attend the next stage of the England Talent Pathway process, but as there are only provisions for hearing impaired females to progress any further, Megan can attend because of her disability and football ability, but is not there as a cp female player as there are no means to progress. Something that Megan hopes will change in the future. Read her story here

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The development days on the 25th and 26th November will provide an opportunity for females from 12-16 and 16+ to take part in small-sided games. They will also be signposted to suitable club opportunities following the session.

Find out more details on our events calendar here

 

Aviva Community Fund voting is open for Frame Football project!

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s project ‘Frame Football – Lace Up Your Boots’ has been included in the Aviva Community Fund competition.

Voting from the public is required so that the project can be considered for the finals where a judging panel will award the funds. Vote here.

The Frame Football – Lace Up Your Boots project has been developed by Cerebral Palsy Sport to provide opportunities for children with cerebral palsy who have restricted mobility and use a cane, crutches, frame or walker to assist their movement.

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Frame Football is an adapted form of cerebral palsy football to ensure that children with cerebral palsy could play the beautiful game of football – inclusive, exciting and fun. Frame Football has the ability to change the lives of children, young people and families affected by cerebral palsy which can significantly improve wellbeing, inclusion, independence and quality of life.

The Lace Up Your Boots project will deliver a nationwide programme of Frame Football KickStarts and then bring players together for regional and National Kick Off tournaments. Delivered with skilled coaches and supported by trained volunteers – we will bring the beautiful game to children who don’t get the chance to play.

We developed Frame Football as a pioneering game which gives so many more children with cerebral palsy the chance to enjoy playing football. Without Frame Football, children and young people who use walkers, canes, crutches and Kaye-walkers for mobility and balance would not be able to play the game.

“Our son loves football and tried to play with his local mainstream team, however it was extremely uncomfortable for everyone. He was never passed the ball and was never likely to be part of the team. This significantly impacted on his self-confidence and after just two weeks he did not want to go and was very upset about it. The Frame Football he enjoyed with Cerebral Palsy Sport has given him a huge confidence boost and made him feel included and part of a team.” (Parent of a child with cerebral palsy)

Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva Community Fund website can vote for projects between 24 October and 21 November. Everyone gets 10 votes which can be used at any time during the voting phase of the competition.

Log in and vote here: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-5072

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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