Its a #BigThankYou to the UK’s sporting volunteers

BBC Sports Personality of the Year takes place this Sunday 18th December in Birmingham.

The event will once again be celebrating the fantastic sporting success of our nation, and amongst the 16 nominees this year is Paralympian Kadeena Cox. Kadeena represented England at the CPISRA World Games in Nottingham in 2015 winning the T37 100m and 200m sprint in athletics. At the Paralympics she became the first Briton since 1988 to win a medal in two sports (athletics and cycling).

On the night there will be a special focus on saying thank you to the UK’s sporting volunteers as part of the #BigThankYou campaign. Live on the red carpet, sporting superstars will surprise volunteers with a phone call to publicly thank them for the contribution they make in sport.

The #BigThankYou is Britain’s biggest celebration of sports volunteers and recognises the thousands of unsung heroes who give up their time to work tirelessly so others can enjoy many sport and fitness activities. It will be recognised over the weekend of the 17th and 18th December.

Cerebral Palsy Sport will be celebrating our outstanding volunteers, posting pictures on social media and thanking them through #BigThankYou.

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Find out more about volunteering opportunities at Cerebral Palsy Sport.

If your club or school have volunteers to thank then get involved! Further information here.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be on BBC One on 18th December 2016 18:40-21:00

 

 

 

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.”

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CP Sport announce first Young Sporting Ambassadors

Cerebral Palsy Sport has a long history of having fantastic ambassadors that advocate for the charity, give their time to attend events and use their stories sporting success to encourage others.

For the first time in our 15 years, we are proud to announce a new cohort of ambassadors, our Young Sporting Ambassadors. These are young people between the ages of 16 – 25 who have developed themselves as athletes through Cerebral Palsy Sport’s sport’s programmes and as a result have made huge changes to their lives.

The first of our young ambassadors have been chosen to use their sporting journey to positively encourage others, sharing their ups and downs along the way to achieving their sporting potential.

Ellie Simpson

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.

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On becoming a CP Sport Ambassador Ellie said:

“I am so honoured that CP Sport have chosen me to be a Young Ambassador, and alongside my best friend Matthew, who I also met through CP Sport. 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 am so excited about being a Young Ambassador for CP Sport and 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!”

Matthew Humphreys

Matthew Humphreys is 18 years old and is one of England’s top RaceRunners. Since becoming involved with Cerebral Palsy Sport,  Matthew’s confidence has grown and he now gives talks and motivational speeches, the first of which was the opening speech at Cerebral Palsy Sport’s National Disability Sports Conference in December 2015.

 

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On being asked to be a Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Matthew said:

“I’m so proud to be asked to be a young ambassador for CP Sports. I started attending CP sports athletic days 4 years ago when I was participating at seated club throw. I saw another athlete on a Racerunner and I was hooked.

Since then I have made amazing friends; participated in the CPISRA world games; been nominated to represent CP Sport doing the BBC Children n Need rickshaw challenge. Basically my life has changed incredibly for the better. Thank you CP Sport for the opportunities, I now want to help others achieve their best.”
Cerebral Palsy Sport are incredibly proud of our new Young Ambassadors and look forward to working with them to encourage and inspire many others to start their journey to reach their sporting potential.

Nottingham 2015 World Games film launched

Cerebral Palsy Sport hosted the first CPISRA World Games for ten years when we staged the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games between 6-16 August 2015.

We are very proud that we staged a world-class event for all levels of ability and  welcomed the world.

Share our memories with our newly launched World Games film and relive the memories:

World Games Medallist eyes top Military Sporting Award

Mary Wilson ImageMary Wilson is in the running for the sporting excellence prize in the annual Soldiering On Awards.

The former army nurse, who competed for England at the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games was nominated by her proud 90-year-old father, William Hepburn.

His nomination to the judging panel highlighted how Mary had overcome several setbacks in her career that prevented her from playing and enjoying sport at the level she had been used to.

Not to be deterred, she has focused her energies on empowering and inspiring other wounded and injured veterans; as well as inspiring young athletes to take part.

Mary was in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps for 20 years, reaching the rank of staff sergeant and serving in many locations including Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Belize. She was also in charge of the Field Mental Health team in Afghanistan for three months.

During her career, she was recommended for Mention in Dispatches due to an act of bravery, received the MOD People’s Award for Inspiration and the Burroughs Cup for her outstanding contribution to military mental health.

But in 2000, while attending a military horse-riding course, Mary was thrown from her horse, hitting a wall and breaking her cheekbone, two toes in her right foot and ripping her bicep muscle from her right shoulder. Four years later, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

After three operations, which left her with very limited arm movement, arthritis and constant pain, she was medically discharged in December 2012. Determined to retain her fitness, Mary trained hard and, the following year, was selected to compete in the US Warrior Games. In 2014 she participated in the inaugural Invictus Games where not only did she win five medals, but she captained the Field Team. In 2015 Mary represented Cerebral Palsy Sport England and Wales at the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games and won gold. Most recently Mary won gold at the Cerebral Palsy Sport National Swimming Championships in Nottingham.

Mary said: “Sport is a medicine like no other. …. it helped me regain focus, determination and enthusiasm. It instils passion, pride, determination, friendship and comradeship and that’s what I want to pass on to others.”

Mary will find out if she has won her category at the Soldiering On Awards today at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London. Good luck Mary!

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Table Cricket Performance Group is going from strength to strength

Table Cricket Performance Group is going from strength to strength!

The summer of 2015 was a fantastic time for Table Cricket with the sport being given the opportunity to be showcased at the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games where England took on Australia in a thrilling Ashes Series.

As part of the legacy of the games Cerebral Palsy Sport has set up a performance group to help support those players that want to develop their Table Cricket skills and abilities. The group meet four times a year and have specialist coaching from Team England’s coach, Dave Winter. It is a great opportunity for players that want to take their Table Cricket to the next level to meet up and train together.

After the first session Rachel Ward, our National Cricket Development Officer said “Its lovely to see players coming from all over the country to train and develop as players, these sessions give players the opportunity to meet other athletes with the same interest and allows them to go back to their local session and really become ambassadors of the sport.”

The Performance Group is not just for players, its also for coaches, both experienced and new. These four sessions a year give coaches an opportunity to swap ideas, learn new activities and keep up to date will any recent changes to the rules.

All sessions are free to attend and take place at Portland College, NG18 4TJ 10am-3pm. Remaining sessions are the 24th April 2016, 24th July 2016, 27th November 2016.

If you are interested in coming along to the group please get in contact with our National Cricket Development Officer Rachel.Ward@cpsport.org

Important Announcement: Nottingham 2015 World Games Swimming Classification

Nottingham 2015 have announced today that for the CPISRA World Games Swimming competition, there will not be  International Paralympic Committee (IPC) international classification available.

Athletes holding National classifications can compete in the Games.

Nottingham 2015 applied to the IPC in February 2014 for International Classifiers to be appointed for the Nottingham 2015 and have now received  notification that they cannot provide classifiers.

A spokesperson for the IPC said:

“Regrettably due to lack of availability of our classifiers IPC Swimming will not be able to send a classification panel to the CPISRA World Games, therefore there will be no classification.”

If any countries have any questions relating to this issue please email worldgames@cpsport.org

Thank you.

 

 

Nottingham 2015 release final Games entry pack on 135 days to go!

Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games Local Organising Committee have marked 135 days to go to the start of the Games by releasing the Nottingham 2015 World Games Final Information and Entry Pack to all the CPISRA nations.

The pack provide comprehensive details of planning for the Games and the requirements for the the teams to meet, as well as information they are required to provide.

For a copy of the full information pack, please click below:

2015 CPISRA World Games Final Information and Entry Pack – Final

Countries are invited to submit their final entries and their final full payments to the Nottingham 2015 Local Organising Committee by no later than 1st May 2015 . Please click below for the Final entry form.

2015 CPISRA World Games Final Entry Form – Feb 2015

For enquiries relating to the information and entry details, please contact worldgames@cpsport.org