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