Cerebral Palsy Sports Awards 2018

On Saturday 6th October we held the 2018 Cerebral Palsy Sports Awards at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.

The following awards were presented:

2018 CPISRA World Games Volunteering Commitment Awards

This award was presented in recognition of the incredible contribution made by our World Games volunteers who supported Team CP England and made an exceptional contribution to supporting all the team.

Awards presented to.. Elaine Morris, Liz Moulam, Ian Clegg, Ian Morris, Jon Moulam and Simon Smith

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Sadly Liz, John and Simon couldn’t attend the evening


2018 CPISRA World Games Team Commitment Awards

Presented to Richard Kerr, Jen Basford and Lisa Morton-Smith

These awards were presented in recognition of our brilliant sport team managers and an awesome Chef de Mission who steered Team CP England to topping the medal table in Spain.

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Fundraiser of the Year

Awarded to Dean Bugler

This award recognises the support, efforts and sheer determination to raise funds for us in unique and often life changing ways. Both finalists ran the Virgin London marathon for Team CP Sport in 2018 and raised a significant amount of money for Cerebral Palsy Sport.

Sarah Harger was also a finalist.

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Young Fundraiser of the Year

Awarded to Zach Nichol

This award recognises the many young fundraisers that take on challenges and special events to raise funds for CP Sport. Our winner is no exception and raised over £1,000 during our Get Set Raise campaign. He has cerebral palsy himself and wanted to inspire others to take up sport.

Unfortunately Zach couldn’t attend the awards, but we will ensure we get his award to him quickly.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Fundraising Supporter of the Year

Awarded to Kevin O’Connor

This award is in recognition of the incredible supporters who fundraises for CP Sport and enable us to make the difference we do. Kevin O’Connor has supported the charity with charity golf days and also coming to swimming events to witness the difference his fundraising makes.

Unfortunately Kevin O’Connor couldn’t attend the awards, but we will be awarding this to him at our Worcester Swimming Gala later this month.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport CEO Recognition Award

Awarded to Nick Lomath

This award is in recognition of an individual who has made a stand out contribution to supporting the charity in our work. Nick Lomath has volunteered his time and tirelessly supported us at many events with his incredible photography and then gifted all the photos to us to help us promote the work we do.

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Partner of the Year 

Awarded to British Athletics

The Partner of the year award was first included in 2017 to highlight the great partnerships that CP Sport has with key organisations. This years finalists were two National Governing Bodies of Sport who worked closely with Cp Sport to ensure that there are high quality opportunities for people with cerebral palsy to access sport and activity at a local level and developing a pathway that is there for those that want to compete at their highest level. Partner of the Year is awarded to those partners that support Cerebral Palsy Sport in having people with CP and their families at the heart of what they do.

British Gymnastics was also a finalist.

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Swimmer of the Year

Awarded to Samm Lewis

The Swimmer of the Year award recognises a swimmer who has shown dedication, commitment and made significant improvements and achievements over the last year. Samm Lewis has excelled and won multiple medals at the 2018 CPISRA World Games following re-classification.

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The Andrew Stubbs Trophy

Awarded to Catriona Chung

The Andrew Stubbs Trophy recognises a swimmer who over the last 12 months has shown dedication and perseverance enabling them to be the best swimmer that they can be.

The trophy is in remembrance of a very special young man – Andrew Stubbs and we are humbled that his family continue to support Cerebral Palsy Sport and were able to present the trophy.

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The Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour

Awarded to Thomas Stamp

The Colin Rains Trophy is presented to an athlete who has continually strived to be their best, have shown endeavour, commitment and dedication throughout the 2018 athletics series. Both our finalists, Emily and Thomas have shown all these qualities throughout 2018

Emily Stewart was also a finalist

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Sport Volunteer of the Year

Awarded to Mary Butler

The Sports Volunteer Award is judged on the commitment a volunteer shows to their role, one that goes the extra mile and excels in their volunteering. Our finalists have truly demonstrated all of those attributes over 2018.

Mary devotes all her spare time to disability swimming, it is her lifelong passion. She organises her own inclusive swimming event, to include all disabled swimmers as well as volunteering at all CP Sport galas over the last 5 years. Mary always goes above and beyond what is expected of her, as a gala organiser she always asks coaches and parents about each swimmer before they compete. Any swimmer new to galas she finds somebody experienced to look after them. She even organised her holiday this year to be in Spain during the World Games so she could watch swimmers she had nurtured swim in an international event.

Elaine Morris and Nick Lomath were also finalists

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Coach of the Year

Awarded to Steve McRobie

The Coach of the Year Award recognises the outstanding commitment to developing and mentoring the young people in their care and demonstrates a passion for improving the lives of people with cerebral palsy through sport.

Steve is manager of Bingham Outlaws (Bingham Town Youths FC, Nottinghamshire). He has worked tirelessly and thanklessly for almost 15 years in developing an environment where young people with disabilities (specifically cerebral palsy) can train and play competitive football together. The environment that Steve has created with the Bingham Outlaws is one which the players very rarely leave, players have been with the club for over 10 years and Steve is a big reason for that.

Steve has been instrumental in growing the size of the club over the last 12 months. they now have more players than ever ranging from 8 – 22 years old. Steve puts many hours and days of his own free time into the team. He has always shown the highest level of dedication to helping the players improve and develop not only as footballers, but as people.

Martin Cook and Janet Warrington were also finalists

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Official of the Year

Awarded to Tony Williams

The Official of the Year Award recognises the vitally important role officails play in supporting events and the commitment they bring to volunteers in sport with professionalism, care and inclusion.

Tony has been an official at Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics events and within athletics for over 40 years. As a starter Tony not only makes sure each race gets off to the right start, he takes time to talk to athletes and provide advice and guidance to those that are new and may be unsure. There is many a nervous athlete who has stood on the start line and been reassured by Tony’s empathy and care. On the odd occasion that Tony has been unavailable for CP Sport events he does all he can to make sure that there is a starter in place. Over the years he has developed some incredible knowledge, something that those around him benefit from a great deal.

Paul Rutter and Wendy Cole were also finalists

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Sports Club of the Year

Awarded to North East and Yorkshire Disability FC

The Sports Club of the Year Award recognises clubs that have a commitment of inclusion, opportunities for all and seeking to lead the way in coach, player and volunteer development.

North East and Yorkshire Disability Football Club has 1 adult CP team who are national champions and a great junior section. All coaches are highly qualified and engage all the players with enthusiasm, knowledge and passion. the club strongly believes in making football accessible for all, particularly for those with CP and through its work in the National League is helping to create pathways into the England CP senior team. The adult CP team won the FA Disability Cup at St George’s Park and since then players have been called up for the England squad and junior development squads. The club are extremely welcoming, they develop footballers whilst having fun, allowing players to make new friends.

London Disability Swimming Club and Gateshead Harriers were also finalists.

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Sports Achiever of the Year

Awarded to Thomas Talbot

The Sports Achiever of the Year Award recognises the outstanding commitment individuals make to participating in their sport. It honours their hard work in training, competition and their achievements over the last 12 months.

Thomas is an international RaceRunner who trains twice a week at his athletics club Lincoln Wellington as well as every other day on his treadmill. Since April 2018, Thomas has run consistently well improving his race pbs including taking 25 seconds off his 400m pb and making massive progress on his 800m pb by over a minute. Thomas came into the season second in Great Britain for all RaceRunners for 800m. In July 2018 he won four Typhoo National Junior Championships titles for Under 15 as well as running pbs. He also took over 19 seconds off his 3k time in July. Thomas was bronze medallist for RR3 100m at the England Athletics /CAU National Disability Championships in July 2018 where RaceRunning featured for the first time.

Thomas represented Team CP England at the CPISRA 2018 World Games in Spain and was reclassified as a RR2 athlete. He won a world silver medal in 800m and ran pb’s in 100m as well as qualifying for all his finals and placed 4th in the 100m, 200m and 400m. he returned from the Games ad the number 1 ranked RR2 athlete in Great Britain. Thomas also won 4 RR2 golds at CP Sport National Athletics Championships as well as running a pb for his 100m.

Thomas has fought back after major hip reconstruction surgery through rehabilitation, learning to walk again and back to full health to enable him to race in the 2018 season. Thomas is also a real ambassador for RaceRunning and is encouraging to other RaceRunners as well as all his team mates. he always cheers them on. He carries himself with humility and quiet dedication to run the best he can with challenging medical circumstances pending.

Cameron Osbourne and Joshua Monaghan-Coombs were also finalists

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Lifetime Achievement Award – Swimming

Awarded to Jill Stidever MBE

Jill has spent over 60 years supporting thousands of children with special needs to learn to swim. Her dedication to swimming has helped in changing the perception of disabled sport and encouraging people to see disabled swimmers as athletes.

Jill dedicates over 40 hours a week to coaching, raising funds and organising swimming programmes and she has seen some of the young children she has coached go on to compete at Paralympic level.

In 2014 Jill was honoured with the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award and we were delighted to honour her commitment, hard work and dedication to cerebral palsy swimming and disability swimming with this lifetime achievement award.

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Lifetime Achievement Award – Athletics

Awarded to Dr Alan Neuff

Dr Alan Neuff started Neuff Athletic equipment in 1966 by designing the Britain’s fibreglass vaulting poles and it has gradually developed to covering all track and and field events. Dr Alan Neuff has been in athletics as an athlete, coach and official for many years which has included supporting CP Sport events as an official.

Alan is a dedicated official committed to supporting athletes with a disability to achieve their sporting potential. He has complete attention to detail for officiating that many would aspire to and is always alongside his treasured wife Caroline. While serious ill health meant he couldn’t be with us at the awards evening, his wife Caroline and son Ralph collected the award on his behalf.

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Stephen Miller MBE and Graeme Ballard were also inducted into the Cerebral Palsy Sport Hall of Fame, Click here to read more about their induction into the Hall of Fame.

To take a look at all the photos taken at the training day, AGM and awards evening, please click here

The Activity Trap: Benefits or being fit?

New research shows almost half of disabled people fear losing benefits if they take part in exercise.

Almost half of disabled people (47%) fear losing their benefits if they are seen to be physically active, according to new research published by Activity Alliance.

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The research is particularly important as disabled people count for one in five of Britain’s population, almost 14 million people. However, they are currently the least active group in society, and twice as likely as non-disabled people to be inactive.

The study, entitled ‘The Activity Trap: Disabled people’s fear of being active’, shows that four in five disabled people would like to be more active (83%). Respondents’ reasons include that it enables them to manage impairments, pain, and to maintain and improve physical and mental health.

Almost two thirds (65%) of disabled people who participated in the study said they rely on benefits to be active. Without this financial support, they would not be able to afford travel, paid-for exercise and the specialist equipment needed to be active.

However, almost half of those who responded (48%) fear being seen as “too independent” for a disabled person. This could see them lose access to the benefits they need such as the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Some participants in the study told Activity Alliance that they live in fear of having their benefits taken away and worry about being reassessed, even if their reassessment date is years away.

Alan Ringland, is chairman of the Birmingham Ability Counts League, the largest league of disabled footballers in England.Alan, a qualified coach and referee said the league had 455 players three years ago and now only has only 250, with many people dropping out because they have lost benefits after PIP assessment.

The 62-year-old, whose sons both represented England in disability football teams, said: “I’ve seen players who have lost their PIP and aren’t able to attend anymore. When you see them again you see that they’ve not been as active as they were, often they have put on weight and over time their health may deteriorate.

“Playing football on a Sunday was one day where they really enjoyed themselves and if they don’t take part anymore they can lose confidence, friendships, and the camaraderie that goes with that. In many cases, sport is the only regular social activity in their lives, and taking that away can have a massive impact.”

These experiences resonate deeply with former British wheelchair athlete Carly Tait, who has cerebral palsy and took part in the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Carly, from Wythenshawe in Manchester, was told she would lose her adapted car four months before she was due to fly to Rio for the Paralympics. This came after being assessed for PIP in February of that year.

The 32-year-old, who had access to a car for 12 years under the Motability charity scheme needs the car for work and when in training used to attend two training sessions a day with local club Stockport Harriers.

Now eight months pregnant with her first child, Carly already lives in fear of having to undertake her next PIP assessment in eight years’ time. Carly said: “When I was assessed for PIP in 2016 and found out that I was going to lose my car, the bottom fell out of my world. I was distraught and couldn’t focus on my training – I couldn’t even get around the track without breaking down in tears.“It was an extremely distressing time in my life, and despite the fact that my next assessment is eight years away, it’s already causing me stress just thinking about what might happen.

“Being active means I can manage my disability better; I have more energy, am more confident and all-round I’m a lot happier in myself. Without the financial support that I received, I would never have been able to get myself to training twice a week.“There are enough financial barriers to sport as it is, especially with the high costs of adapted equipment for some disabled people, without the additional fear of losing benefits.

“We need to give all disabled people the same rights to be active that everyone else enjoys – and end the activity trap now.”

Mik Scarlet, 53, has been a wheelchair user since his childhood, after complications from his cancer treatment resulted in paralysis. A TV broadcaster and journalist from Camden, who hosts a video blog on the benefits of sitting yoga, Mik said: “I had an awful experience with the award of my PIPs, which took a year of fighting to resolve and has taken a huge emotional toll. While my yoga blog has generally been well received, quite a few disabled people have contacted me saying they’d be concerned about trying it – in case they were considered fit enough to either work or receive a lower level of financial support.

“The Activity Trap report highlights the desperate situation for far too many disabled people in this country.”

Andy Dalby-Welsh, Deputy Chief Executive of Activity Alliance said: “Disabled people deserve the same right to be active as everybody else, no matter whether they want to make use of their local gym or become an elite athlete. But the stark reality is that disabled people are still twice as likely as non-disabled people to be inactive. This needs to change.“That is why this rigorous, evidenced report has such an important role to play in changing the reality of disability, inclusion and sport. We need to understand the challenges and barriers that disabled people face on a daily basis.“The numbers within the report, although shocking, give us a starting point for change. We want to work with and across government to make active lives for disabled people possible. We would urge policy makers within national and local Government to take on board the calls for action within this report and the spirit with which it was written. Let’s enable more disabled people to lead happier and healthier lives.”

Disabled people can find out more about the benefits of being active, who to contact and ideas on where and how to get started on Activity Alliance website, visit www.activityalliance.org.uk/get-active 
To download a copy of the report: http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/4430-the-activity-trap-benefits-or-being-fit

Cerebral Palsy Sport inducts Paralympians into Hall of Fame

Paralympic athletes Stephen Miller MBE and Graeme Ballard have been inducted into Cerebral Palsy Sport Hall of Fame at our Awards evening on 6th October 2018 – World Cerebral Palsy Day.

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Stephen has represented Great Britain for over 20 years, competing in 6 Paralympic Games, 7 World Championships and 6 European Championships – so far winning 28 international medals. He has won 3 Paralympic titles in a row and held the F32 Club Throw world record from 1997-2008 and more recently he has just won a bronze medal at the IPC European Championships in Italy in June 2016 and he was honoured in the 2016 New Years Honours List by Her Majesty the Queen with an MBE.

In July 2016 Stephen was named as part of the Great Britain team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and brought home a truly well deserved Bronze medal.

Stephen  has had a fabulous 2018 season and kicked it off in fine still with a season best throw of 30.11m to win gold  at the 2018 World Para Athletics Dubai Athletics Grand Prix. He ended the season with an incredible Silver medal at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin.

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Ali Talbot, CEO of Cerebral Palsy Sport said of Stephen:

“Stephen is a true ambassador for para athletics, club throwing and for Cerebral Palsy Sport. Stephen still takes part in our athletics series events and is incredibly encouraging  to younger athletes who may be starting their sporting journey or taking part in an event for the first time. He is a truly respectful competitor and always acknowledges the contribution the officials and volunteers give to our events. We are delighted to bestow this honour of being inducted into our Hall of Fame in 2018 and it is so well deserved”.

Speaking of his  Cerebral Palsy Sport Hall of Fame award, Stephen said:

“It was CP Sport that helped me to get into sport and they provided me with my earliest opportunities on my sporting journey, so to receive this award is a truly proud moment for me. I know how important sport is for people with cerebral palsy, and I hope others can take inspiration from my story and have their own sporting journey. As always I have to dedicate this award to all those that have supported me, especially my parents who are my heroes.”

Emily Stewart collected Stephen’s award on his behalf.

 


Graeme Ballard

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It is fitting in the year where Graeme hung up his competitive spikes after 14 years of international para athletics, that we honour him with the Hall of Fame award.

After taking up athletics at the age of 19 through a Cerebral Palsy Sport athletics event, Graeme’s para athletics career has gone from strength to strength.

Graeme first ran the Cerebral Palsy Sport nationals in September 1999 and has been a member of CP since then. He competed at CPISRA games in 2001 and gained 3 medals  – 2 individual medals and 1 relay.

His roll of achievements are recorded as:

  • 2002 World Championships in Lille 1 Bronze medal
  • 2003 European Championships in Assen 2 silver and 1 bronze
  • 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens  – won 1 bronze
  • 2005 Combined World & European Championships in Espoo – won 2 Gold medals and 1 recognised for World and 1 for European
  • 2006 World Championships in Assen – won 1 Silver
  • 2012 European Championships in  Holland – won 1 silver 1 bronze
  • 2012 Broke the world record 11.98 and won Paralympics Silver medal
  • 2013 World  Championships – won 1 Bronze
  • 2014 European Championships in Swansea – 2 Silvers
  • 2016 European Championships in Grossetto 2 silver

Although Graeme missed out on medals in 2008 and 2016 he was still a member of the British Para Athletics  team and also a member of the team at the World Championships in Christchurch, Doho and London where he came in 4th at all three competitions only just missing out on the medals.

In August 2018 Graeme won an incredible Gold medal at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin 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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Speaking of Graeme’s achievements, Ali Talbot CEO of Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

” We are delighted to be able to honour Graeme’s remarkable para athletics career and all his achievements by inducting into our Hall of Fame. Graeme is a true ambassador for para athletics and he supports so many of our SportStart events to inspire and encourage children and young people with cerebral palsy by sharing his message. He also supports our National Athletics Championships by coming along and presenting medals to younger athletes who aspire to achieve what he has. We wish Graeme well as he hangs up his international competitive spikes and we look forward to supporting him in his next endeavours”.

Graeme spoke of his pride of receiving this honour. He said:

“It is a great honour and a privilege to be nominated into the Hall of Fame. I hope that I can do justice to the role and look forward to seeing everyone at weekend.”

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A hole in one for CP Golf

Stockport CP Society with the support of England Golf have recently organised a CP Golf day. The day gave people with Cerebral Palsy the opportunity to give golf a go. The event took place on Friday 14th September at Heaton Moor Golf Club.

CP Sport have been working with England Golf to raise the awareness of golfing opportunities for people with CP and associated physical impairments. Despite your disability there is a golf opportunity for you, if you would like to get involved visit

https://www.englandgolf.org/page.aspx?sitesectionid=1284&sitesectiontitle=Disability+Golf

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Cerebral Palsy Sport to mark World CP Day

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that we will be marking World CP Day 2018 Saturday 6 October 2018 by holding an athletics and swimming training camp followed by our AGM and Awards evening. For more information on how to book onto the athletics and swimming training day event, please click here.

The General Meeting will be convened to enable members to consider and approve the new draft Articles of Association for the charity in advance of the Annual General meeting. Members will then be invited to share the Cerebral Palsy Sport Awards recognising athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs, fundraisers and outstanding contributers to sport. our Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors and Young Ambassadors will be attending.

For further information on our AGM and 2018 Awards, please click here:


World Cerebral Palsy Day is more than just an awareness day, it is an opportunity to:

1. Celebrate and express pride in the lives and achievements of those with CP and the people and the organisations that support them

2. Create a powerful voice for those with CP to change their world

3. Connect organisations across the globe so they are better equipped to meet the needs of those with CP

4. Create new solutions to everyday problems

5. Act as a catalyst for social change and education campaigns that create solutions to universal challenges

6. Produce tangible, actions and outcomes that measurably improve the lives of those with CP

7. Raise awareness of CP and the issues that affect people with CP at a local, national and international level to create more inclusive societies.

The project is coordinated by the World Cerebral Palsy Initiative, a group of non-profit cerebral palsy organisations with a global vision to create real change for people living with CP.

Cerebral Palsy Sport awarded Disability Confident Committed status

Cerebral Palsy Sport has committed to supporting people with a disability within the workplace and we have committed and achieved Stage 1 Disability Confident Committed status to support people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities in our workplace.

Disability Confident is a scheme that is designed to help organisations recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talent. For more information on the Disability Confident Scheme, please click here.

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer we have committed to:
• ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
• communicating and promoting vacancies
• offering an interview to disabled people
• anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required
• supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work
• at least one activity that will make a difference for disabled people

As a key strand of our Cerebral Palsy Sport Strategy to support people with disabilities into employment, we are now working on the next stage of our commitment to Disability Confident and supporting more disabled people into work.

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Activity Alliance Leadership Survey

For too long, disabled people’s representation in senior roles and on boards within the sporting sector has remained low. Activity Alliance wants to understand the professional aspirations of disabled people and what support we could offer to enable more disabled people to pursue senior roles. This includes senior management and board membership, within the sport and active recreation sectors. To do this, Activity Alliance are calling upon disabled people and people with long-term health conditions to share their experiences and views.

We would be extremely grateful if you could fill in the survey, which can be found by following the link: http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/news/4274-share-your-experiences-in-our-leadership-survey.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. They will not ask for any information that could identify you. Your answers will be used for research purposes, including understanding what might help disabled people to pursue leadership positions, as well as to develop a training opportunity. Activity Allaince may also use answers, including direct responses, to promote any support we develop in this area. Participation is voluntary.

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

Tim Hollingsworth appointed new Chief Executive at Sport England

Sport England have announced that Tim Hollingsworth has been appointed as Sport England’s new Chief Executive.

Tim is currently Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, a role he has held since 2011. He replaces Jennie Price, who announced in May that she would be leaving Sport England after 11 years as CEO.

Tim will bring a wealth of senior experience to Sport England.  As Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, he led the organisation through both the historic London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with ParalympicsGB achieving an incredible 147 medals at the latter to finish second in the medal table.

More recently ParalympicsGB achieved its best-ever performance at a Winter Games, winning seven medals including a gold at Pyeongchang 2018.   Alongside this success at Games time Tim has led the increase in profile and interest in the Paralympic movement, driven the commercial and business growth of the BPA as a charity and ensured it is at the forefront of challenging perceptions of disability in society.

Prior to the BPA he was at UK Sport for seven years, first as Director of Policy & Communications and then Chief Operating Officer, following over a decade working in senior roles in corporate communications.  Tim is also currently a Board Director of the Youth Sport Trust and the National Paralympic Heritage Trust and a member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Paralympic Games Committee.

Commenting on the appointment, Nick Bitel, Chairman of Sport England said: “We are thrilled that Tim will be joining us as our new Chief Executive. We were fortunate to have had a number of outstanding candidates for the role. Tim’s passion for sport, wealth of relevant experience and boundless enthusiasm for Sport England’s strategy really shone through and we look forward to welcoming him in the autumn. I would also like to warmly thank Jennie for her tireless service and dedication to Sport England over the past 11 years. She leaves an organisation full of confidence for the future and on course to deliver against its ambitious vision to create a healthier and happier nation through sport and physical activity.”

Tim Hollingsworth said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as the next Chief Executive of Sport England. The organisation is one I know well and its vision and strategy have never been more important as we seek as a nation to maximise the ways in which people from all areas of society are attracted to, access and benefit from sport and physical activity.

“I would also like to express my gratitude to everyone involved in the Paralympic movement for the past seven incredible years and am pleased the BPA will remain a key partner in my new role.  It is one that I relish and I can’t wait to get started.”

Commenting on Tim’s departure, British Paralympic Association Chairman Nick Webborn said: “Tim Hollingsworth has been a key figure in the huge growth of Paralympic sport in the UK, and the British Paralympic Association is now widely recognised as a world leading National Paralympic Committee.

“He harnessed the once in a generation opportunity presented by London 2012 which helped transform perceptions of disabled people in this country.  Under Tim’s stewardship the BPA has also been determined to broaden the impact of those performances to deliver on its vision: through sport, inspire a better world for disabled people.

“While I am sad to see Tim leave the BPA I am delighted he is staying in the sporting sector and look forward to continue to work closely with him in his new role at Sport England.”

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said: “Tim is a fantastic appointment by Sport England and I am sure he will do a great job in leading the organisation and continuing the implementation of the government’s world leading sport strategy – encouraging more people to get involved in sport and physical activity for the positive impact it can have on their lives. Tim has great experience in sports administration and will seamlessly take the baton from Jennie Price, who I thank for her hard work over the past decade.”

Ali Talbot, Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said: “We are delighted to hear the news of Tim’s appointment to the role of Chief Executive at Sport England. We are pleased to see such a committed individual with an in-depth knowledge of disability and Paralympic sport joining Sport England and we look forward to working with Tim in the future”.

Tim Hollingsworth will join Sport England in November.

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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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