British success at the World Para Athletics Championships

The best of the best Para Athletes were back in London for the World Para Athletics Championships, a week full of exciting action and records came to an end last night.

There was much success from the British Team. 39 medals, including 18 golds were collected. Eight more than they did in Doha in 2015. They finished third overall in the medal table.

Sophie Hahn won the T38 100m, emulating her achievement in the 200m, with team-mate Kadeena Cox second. Paralympic champion Hahn, 20, triumphed in a star-studded final containing three British gold medallists in this event, along with 400m winner Cox. Cox, 26, completed a trio of gold, silver and bronze medals in London and said she would now focus on repeating her feat of claiming gold in two separate sports at Rio 2016 by returning to cycling before Tokyo 2020. Georgie Hermitage added T37 100m gold to her 400m title. Olivia Breen won gold for Great Britain in T38 long jump.

Sprinter and Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador Graeme Ballard missed out on medal in the 200m final, finishing sixth in the T36 final on Monday night, clocking 25.51secs as Australian James Turner won in a world record time of 24.09secs. Graeme returned to the track on Saturday for the 100m, taking fourth place with a time of 12.55secs.

There was 7th place for Sam Ruddock in the F35 Shot Put final and 8th place for Abbie Hunnisett in the F32 Club Throw.

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador Stephen Miller MBE added Bronze to GB’s tally of medals in the F32 club throw, with a 29.32 throw. 19 years after his first World Championship success in 1998.

The full results can be found here

 

Heage Primary School gets active for Cerebral Palsy Sport awareness

Pupils from Heage Primary School in Derbyshire have been getting active in aid of Cerebral Palsy Sport and our Get Set Raise cerebral palsy awareness campaign.

At the start of the year Heage Primary School parliament decided to focus on raising money for Cerebral Palsy Sport as the school has a Year 4 pupil with cerebral palsy.  During Cerebral Palsy awareness month in March, the school focused their assemblies and lessons on cerebral palsy awareness and used the charity’s Get, Set, Raise campaign to launch the whole focus.  The Amber Valley School Sports Partnership loaned the school a class set of wheelchairs and all children had the opportunity to try different sports over the month.

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Sporting Ambassador and former football Paralympian, Leon Taylor visited for an assembly and joined the school for their sponsored run on Friday 3rd March.  Children also dressed up as their favourite sporting heroes and complete a mile run around the school grounds. Later in the month, the charity’s RaceRunning World champion and record holder Muninder Singh Hayer visited the school to share his successes and future challenges through an assembly.

At the assembly, Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Chief Executive Ali Talbot and RaceRunning athlete Thomas were delighted to receive a cheque for over £1,000 presented by the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of the School Parliament.

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said “We are delighted to have been chosen by Heage Primary School’s Parliament to benefit from all their fantastic fundraising efforts. It was lovely to be able to share many of our athlete’s different stories of how such fundraising can make such a difference to the lives of people with cerebral palsy through sport”.

James Yellop, Head Teacher of Heage Primary School highlighted that “We have been overwhelmed with the response from our children and the local community in raising such a large amount to support children with Cerebral Palsy.  Everyone has gained a greater awareness of Cerebral Palsy through the ambassadors that have visited the school and have all really enjoyed taking part in the different activities to support this fantastic charity “.

 

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Ambassador James Shaw talks tennis with Cerebral Palsy Sport

Wimbledon may be over for another year but there is plenty more in the tennis calendar. Cerebral Palsy Sport were thrilled to have the chance to catch up with Wheelchair tennis player and Ambassador James Shaw this week to catch up on his busy year so far and looking ahead to the rest of 2017. Here’s what he had to say!

What have been the highlights of 2017 for you so far?

In May I was chosen to compete out in Sardinia for my second world team cup which is the wheelchair equivalent of the Davis and Fed Cup on the back of having a highly successful year in which I won my first international singles title, and capped off the year by winning my 4th senior national’s title. It was an honour to get picked to represent my country again, but to play the final, win the event and become world champion with my team mates was a highlight of my career so far and has definitely spurred me on to work hard and have more success in the future.

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What are you hopes for the British Open in August?

The British Open is a very tough event where all the top players come from around the world to compete in Nottingham. With my world ranking at 14 and promising performances of late I believe more than ever that I am able to challenge the top players in the world so I’m excited to compete and hope to continue my success on the court by beating some top players.

What’s the best thing about your sport?

I believe the best thing about my sport is getting better whether that be physically, tactically, or mentally at a sport I love. At the end of the day I chose to play tennis from an early age because I love the sport and want to win so by pushing myself to the limits and then being able to see that work paying off is an amazing feeling. Then win or lose I know I’ve done everything I can do and know either way I’ll be back next time stronger.

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 Any advice for young people who want to get into wheelchair tennis?

I’d suggest finding a local tennis club, getting in a chair and having a go whether that be against friends, family, coaches, players, whether they be able bodied or a wheelchair user! Roma Sport with the help of the Tennis Foundation have sent out more cost effective club wheelchairs to tennis clubs around the country so ask around tennis clubs and try them out.

Wheelchair tennis is an amazing sport that has helped many people including myself improve in so many areas on and off the court, and sometimes this is lost or forgotten in the midst of competitiveness, and having to win. I love to win as everyone does and I’ll push myself as hard as I can to achieve my dreams but my main goal is always to go out on court improve myself, and enjoy myself, so it’s always nice see young people getting in a wheelchair enjoying wheelchair tennis.

 

The British Open Wheelchair championships take place at Nottingham Tennis Centre from Tuesday 1st August – Sunday 6th August, the tournament features men’s, women’s and quads competitions, as well as a junior competition.  Play is scheduled between 9:30am-6pm each day. Tickets are now on sale, priced just £2 for a weekday ground pass and £5 for a Saturday/Sunday (finals weekend) ground pass, while kids go free all week when accompanied by an adult. For further information visit the Tennis Foundation website

On Saturday 5th August – Come & Try Tennis opportunity while the British Open is taking place in Nottingham. Anyone can come and have a go at wheelchair tennis, as well as other disability tennis at our free ‘Come and Try’ session! To reserve places contact Matt Elkington on 07961 267607, matthew.elkington@tennisfoundation.org.uk

 

 

Multiple medals for England team at Racerunning World Championships

94 para-athletes (disabled athletes)  from 13 nations participated in this year’s CPISRA RaceRunning World Championships at Frederiksberg Stadium, Denmark from 13th-15th July.

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The level of competition was higher than ever. It’s the third time that Denmark has hosted the World Championships, which was run in three different classes: RR1, RR2 and RR3.

For the England team,  Muninder Singh Hayer won two golds at the World Championships for the 200m and 60m. Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador Matthew Humphries took the 200m gold medal. There was also a 60m bronze for Beth Moulam in her first international.

The sport of RaceRunning is not yet included in the Paralympic Games, however it is hoped that this will change in the future.

A RaceRunner is a custom-built bike made for running, which has three wheels and no pedals. It gives the athlete the opportunity to move freely and run using own force – something that the athletes are not able to do under normal circumstances.  Find out more about RaceRunning here

 

 

Discover your ParaPotential for the 2020 Games

UK Sports Talent ID campaign#DiscoverYour ParaPotential is currently accepting applications from individuals who have an impairment, are aged over 16 and believe they have what it takes to get to the top in para sport.

At this time, many of the Paralympic sports that are funded by UK Sport are seeking individuals with specific profiles to join their programmes. The intention is to identify high potential individuals who, with the right support, have a realistic opportunity to achieve selection to represent Great Britain at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020. #DiscoverYour ParaPotential currently has opportunities with numerous sports including Boccia, Para-Athletics, Para-Canoe, Para-Cycling, Para-Rowing, Para-Swimming and Wheelchair Tennis.

If you have a passion for sport, are ready for a new challenge, aspire to represent Great Britain and win a Paralympic medal then sign-up via the below link before the end of August for an opportunity to be invited to a future talent identification assessment.

Each application will be assessed against sport-specific profiles and successful candidates will be invited to appropriate assessment events in late 2017 / early 2018. Applicants that are unsuccessful on this occasion will have their details kept on record for consideration as part of any further recruitment drives that may be undertaken in the future.

You can sign up via the UK Sport website here

Please note that the following impairment groups are eligible to be classified in sports engaging with the #DiscoverYour ParaPotential campaign:

  • Limb deficiency
  • Spinal cord injury (inc. Spina Bifida or Polio)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Visual impairment
  • Intellectual impairment
  • Short stature
  • Impaired passive range of movement
  • Leg-length difference

If you have any queries please email discoveryourgold@eis2win.co.uk with DiscoverYour ParaPotential in the subject field.

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.

 

New study highlights the health benefits of swimming

A major new study on the health benefits of swimming has been released by Swim England. The report shows that the unique benefits of water make it the ideal place for people of all ages to exercise. It is particularly beneficial for those with long term health conditions.

The report also found evidence that swimmers live longer. Swimming regularly also helps older people to stay fit, physically and mentally.

On the other end of the scale, the report found that children who take part in swimming lessons regularly develop physical, cognitive and social skills quicker than those who do not.

Swim England commissioned the independent report and will use the findings to raise awareness within the health professions that swimming is a safe, viable and potentially cost-effective option to signpost patients.

They are also calling on the wider health and sports sector to come together and invest in further research on the impact of physical activity on mental health and long term conditions.

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Find out more about the survey here

Find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport Swimming programme here 

Celebrating Womens Sport Week 2017

This week 19th – 25th June, we are celebrating Women’s Sport Week. Its officially the start of the summer this week and what better time to take up a new sport or activity!

We have some great female role models involved in Cerebral Palsy Sport, from volunteers to ambassadors to coaches and participants so we’ll be showcasing some of those stories on social media this week. We hope they will inspire many more girls and women to get into sport.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Ambassador and international RaceRunner Ellie Simpson said:

“I’m proud to be an Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport to encourage more girls with CP to get into sport. Why not have a go? It might just change your life like it has done for me! ”

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport said:

“We want more women and girls to get involved in sport and enjoy the huge benefits that being active brings to their lives. Women’s Sport Week is a fantastic campaign that encourages more women to try out a new sport or physical activity and celebrates the amazing achievements of our female athletes, coaches and volunteers.”#

We have also been speaking to more of our participants about their sporting experiences, 18 year old Leaha Dixon said:

“My name is Leaha Dixon and I am 18yrs old. I have Cerebral Palsy, after a difficult start in life (both my mum and I were very poorly) and many hospital and physio visits, my mum and dad were told that if I didn’t walk by the time I was 3 I probably wouldn’t, well I did and I haven’t stopped since!! After doing various things from swimming, horse riding and dancing I started at Doncaster Athletics club , I found that I really liked running, it gives me the exercise and stretching which helps me to keep fit and healthy. I enjoy meeting up with everyone at competitions and I’ve made some great friends up and down the country which is great, also meeting some of the great paralympians which we have. Athletics has helped my confidence a lot and hopefully I’ll be able to continue running and try and break as many PB’s as possible.”

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If you are interested in taking part in Cerebral Palsy Sport activities please find our events list here

Please feel free to contact us with your CP sporting stories at info@cpsport.org

Come and Try Tennis at the British Open

The British Open is one of six Super Series events on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and one of the most important tournaments in the world outside of the Grand Slams. As it is following the Wimbledon Championships many of the top elite wheelchair tennis players compete at this tournament, which will mean we have the opportunity to watch these players first hand.

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The 2017 event will take place at the Nottingham Tennis Centre from Tuesday 1st August to Sunday 6th August, with the world’s best players competing against each other, including our very own Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis medalists.

As part of this major event the Tennis Foundation always host a Come and Try Tennis activity day on the Saturday, you will be given the opportunity to play the sport in a fun and safe environment for free. All kit, equipment and support will be provided to participants on the day along with their families and carers.

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Location: Nottingham Tennis Centre, University Blvd, Nottingham, NG7 2QH

Date: Saturday 05 August, 10-2pm

How to book: Contact Matt Elkington on 07961267607, matthew.elkington@tennisfoundation.org.uk

 

Find out more about Cerebral Palsy Sports partnership work here: http://www.cpsport.org/partnerships-matter/

 

 

Five winners crowned at the FA Disability Cup Finals Day

The FA Disability Cup Finals day has taken place at St. George’s Park for a second successive year, providing a platform for the very best in impairment specific football in the country.

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On Saturday 6th May 2017 five finals – powerchair, cerebral palsy, blind, deaf and amputee – were showcased at the national football centre with hundreds watching on.

First up was the Powerchair category in which reigning champions Aspire PFC defended their title with a 2-1 win over Birmingham side Villa Rockets PFC, who featured 13-year-old Bradley Addison.

The Cerebral Palsy final swiftly followed with CP United Seniors 9-1 victors over Chelsea Whites.

Following this, arguably one of the most intense games of the day was the Blind Football Final. Merseyside Blind FC were narrowly beaten 2-3 by RNC Shrews in which hat-trick hero and England player Robin Williams helped lead his team to victory.

The penultimate match of the day profiled some of the younger participants with U16 Derby County Community Trust Girls Deaf side beating Braidwood School’s U16 Girls Deaf Team 6-4.

Peterborough United Amputee FC, the reigning champions, beat Everton Amputee FC 3-2 to conclude a fine day’s action.

For more information about The FA Disability Cup and to view a video of the day click here

For more information about disability football and how to get involved please visit www.thefa.com/disabiilty