CP Sport Ambassadors to support Training Day and Awards

Cerebral Palsy Sport are delighted to announce that the charity’s Ambassadors will be attending and supporting the upcoming Athletics, RaceRunning and Swimming Training Camp on Sunday 8th October 2017 at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.

The Training Camp is for participants, and coaches working with athletes or swimmers in a regular training environment who want to become more inclusive and/or increase knowledge of CP and training techniques. There will also be a RaceRunning taster and RaceRunning classification available on the same day.

The Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors include Paralympics and World Class athletes with a huge amount of experience who can provide an interesting insight into sport at the top level for those with cerebral palsy. Read more about our Ambassadors here.

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador and Paralympian Matthew Walker will be coaching the swimming session at the Training Camp. Matthew has won multiple medals and has been to four Paralympic Games. In 2009 he was awarded an MBE.

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There will be an opportunity to meet and hear from some of the Ambassadors in the afternoon including Sam Ruddock, Graeme Ballard and Stephen Miller MBE who competed at the World Para Athletics Championships this summer and the Rio Paralympics in 2016,  and we’ll even have one or two present our annual awards so don’t forget to nominate for your achiever, volunteer, coach or club of the year here!

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The Cerebral Palsy AGM will be taking place at 4pm followed by the annual Awards at 4.30m. Further details here.

Register for the Training Camp and RaceRunning classification here

Details about the RaceRunning taster session can be found here

 

 

 

 

 

Sascha Kindred OBE is awarded Freeman of the County of Herefordshire

Herefordshire Council members voted on Friday 16 December to award the greatest honour it has in its power to bestow on any individual resident, namely to admit Sascha Kindred OBE to be honorary Freeman of the County of Herefordshire. This is the first time this award has been made to an individual by the council.

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The special meeting was in recognition of the outstanding contribution that Sascha, who lives and trains in the county, has made to swimming in general, and to the Paralympic Games, World Championships and European Championships. The honour recognises the major successes, medals and world records that he has achieved, particularly during the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games where Sascha won his seventh Paralympic gold medal and broke the world record for the men’s 200 metre individual medley.

Sascha Kindred OBE said:

“I am very pleased to have been bestowed this high honour by the county of Herefordshire. Competing at six Paralympic Games has been a great achievement and to be recognised by the council and local community is a great honour.”

Councillor Brian Wilcox and Sascha Kindred

Sasha has competed and attended many Cerebral Palsy Sport swimming events over the years, competing in Nationals and World Games, saying;

 “ I have been fortunate enough to be involved with CP Sport for over 25 years and they have helped me become a successful Paralympic Swimmer and Champion.  CP Sport spotted me as a young boy who could swim and then helped me develop my passion for the sport by giving me information and encouragement to get to the next level.  They helped me with training and completion opportunities which i owe them a lot for.  Competing with them in places like Belgium, Germany and sunny Nottingham has given me fond memories and I will continue to support them to help the next generation of young children get into swimming.  CP Sport is an awesome charity to support and in particular swimming.”

To find out more about Cerebral Palsy Sport swimming opportunities, please click here

 

CP Sport celebrates Paralympics GB Carnival

On Saturday 17th September, Cerebral Palsy Sport joined Paralympics GB and a range of other national sports governing bodies including British Rowing and the Tennis Foundation of sport to celebrate the Paralympic Movement at a Paralympics GB Carnival in Nottingham.

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Taking place in Nottingham’s Market Square to coincide with the Paralympics in Rio, the event provided the opportunity to showcase a range of disability sports and Cerebral Palsy Sport provided great demonstrations of RaceRunning to an enthusiastic audience.

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The Lord Mayor of Nottingham watched our RaceRunners in action along with Paralympian Natalie Waddon.

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The event was supported by our Sporting Ambassador Leon Taylor, our Young Sporting Ambassador Ellie Simpson and the England RaceRunning team.

For further information on RaceRunning please visit our website

 

Inspired young swimmer sends good luck message to Paralympian

Five year old Tiernan came along to watch our Winchester Swimming Development Gala in January 2016. Tiernan was so inspired he is now swimming weekly and can’t wait to take part in the next gala. Sascha attended the gala as our VIP and did a question and answer session as well as presenting the medals and certificates to the swimmers. 
Tiernan has now sent us a special message for Sascha Kindred ahead of the Rio Paralympics. Sascha will be competing in his sixth Paralympic Games, having already achieved twelve medals, six of which are gold. 
  “I went to a Swimming Gala in Winchester and saw Sascha’s gold medal. Good luck in Rio! Love Tiernan xxxxxx”
Tiernan and Sascha Kindred Jan 2016
Photo courtesy of Teirnan’s parents.

British Paralympic Association launch new strategy

Today, the British Paralympic Association (BPA) have launched their new 2016-2021 strategy Inspiring Excellence.

The BPA have committed to focusing harder than ever in the next five years on combining excellence on the field of play with inspiration off it, as they reveal their new Strategic Plan for 2016-2021.
Called Inspiring Excellence, the plan outlines the intended vision, mission, values, strategic priorities, organisational structure and planning for the period from the Rio 2016 to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and commits the British Paralympic Association (BPA) to a four year programme of targeted planning and continued development.

Building on their previous ‘Maximising Momentum’ strategy, the Plan will guide BPA through the 2018 Pyeongchang Paralympic Winter Games and to the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Summer Games.

The BPA has a unique responsibility:

  • to select, manage and take the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team to the Paralympic Games

The Plan promises the organisation will focus on delivering the highest level of service to winter and summer athletes in their ambitions over the cycle. Core to the plan is the retained vision “Through sport, inspire a better world for disabled people”.

The BPA’s ambition is to deliver real and lasting change in society through the inspirational impact of Paralympic athletes on the field of play and effective promotion of the opportunity for and impact of para-sport off it.
A copy of the strategy can be downloaded here: Strategic_Plan_2016-2021

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14 CP Footballers selected to take on the world in Brazil

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) today announced the 14 footballers who will compete for ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016.

Of the 14 athletes, all but two of the team make their Paralympic debut; only former Everton FC Academy player Michael Barker and Scottish veteran Jonathan Paterson return from London and both will compete in their third Games.

Among the new players are former Birmingham City FC player Jack Rutter and Sean Highdale who previously played for Liverpool FC and also represented England at Under-16s level. Both Jack and Sean joined the national football 7-a-side teams after acquired brain injuries. The squad also features former Tranmere Rovers forward Ollie Nugent, who currently plays for Chester FC.

The ParalympicsGB team will be drawn from several of the home nations, with players from the English, Scottish and Northern Irish squads – many of whom competed internationally for their home nations at recent World and European Championships.

Jack Rutter, captain of the team said today:

“There is no greater honour than to represent your country on the international stage and it’s a proud moment for me today to be announced as captain of this team of outstanding players.

” It’s a proud moment for me today to be announced as captain of this team of outstanding players.”

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“We’ve come together to create a really competitive force and we believe we’re up there with the best teams in the world. We’re going out to Rio to make everyone back at home proud, and I hope the nation will Supercharge the team to some truly memorable performances.”

“I hope the nation will Supercharge the team to some truly memorable performances.”Jack Rutter

Jonathan Paterson, who first made his Paralympic debut in Beijing, said:

“This will be my third Paralympic Games and I don’t think we’ve ever been stronger. The amount of progress we’ve made throughout this cycle has been impressive, and it’s great to have new faces on the team who have created greater strength in depth. I can’t wait to step on to the pitch for the first time in Rio.”

“I don’t think we’ve ever been stronger.”Jonathan Paterson

Penny Briscoe MBE, ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission for Rio 2016, said:

“This is a fantastic and talented group of players and I’d like to pay credit to all of the home nations for the excellent work they have undertaken to identify new talent and to bring them through to compete on the international stage.

“They have the opportunity to shine when the Games get under way in 86 days’ time.”Penny Briscoe MBE

“I’d also like to congratulate the players for all of the hard work which has led to their selection to the team. They have the opportunity to shine when the Games get under way in 86 days’ time.”

Jeff Davis, Team Leader, said:

“I am really proud to lead these players as we prepare to compete at the Rio Paralympics, it’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase this sport and I believe their hard work will pay dividends at the Games. The top teams are incredibly competitive and there will be no easy matches, but we feel ready to take on the challenge.”

“We feel ready to take on the challenge.”Jeff Davis

The selected athletes for the football 7-a-side are:

Jack Rutter
Home town: Gloucester

Sean Highdale
Hometown: Liverpool

Emyle Rudder
Home town: Stratford, London

Matt Crossen
Home town: Stockton on Tees

Ollie Nugent
Home town: Irby, Wirral

Giles Moore
Home town: Ilminster

Ryan Kay
Home town: Peterborough

Michael Barker
Home town: Liverpool

Liam Irons
Home town: Dunstable

Martin Hickman
Home town: Lennoxtown / Motherwell

David Porcher
Home town: Livingston

James Blackwell
Home town: Bristol

Jonathan Paterson
Home town: Motherwell

David Leavy
Home town: Downpatrick

Images and photos courtesy of Paralympics GB

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Sporting Ambassador Sam Ruddock to captain British team at Europeans

Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Sporting Ambassador Sam Ruddock has been appointed one of the captains for the British Athletics team competing at the IPC European Championships.

Holly Neill (coach: Andrew Roda) and Sam Ruddock (Jim Edwards) will captain the British Athletics team at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Grosseto, Italy starting tomorrow morning.

After a personal best in the IPC Athletics World Championships F35 shot put final last October led him to fifth position, Sam has gone from strength to strength in the event.  His upbeat attitude and stature within the team has seen him earn the role of men’s team captain. Ruddock competed over the sprints at the Paralympic Games in 2012 but four years on, he has progressed into one of the most competitive shot putters within the F35 event and he is looking for a strong result in Grosseto.

On his captaincy, the Loughborough-based athlete commented: “I am beyond proud – to be told I would captain this squad during this year was such a shock. When Paula (Dunn) pulled me to one side to tell me I genuinely thought I was in trouble. I had to ask her to repeat the question just to make sure I wasn’t hearing things!”

A modest Ruddock added: “There is so much experience and talent on this team – I would put them ahead of me in terms of their nature and the way they act. Of course I’m proud, to even represent Great Britain is an honour but to captain your country is something really special.

“I have to thank my coach Jim Edwards for his continued support and those who are always in my corner. They have helped me to get into this position and I hope I can continue to make them proud.”

Head Coach Paula Dunn spoke about why she chose Neill and Ruddock to lead the 48 strong-team at the IPC Athletics European Championships.

Dunn said: “Holly and Sam both bring great qualities to the role of team captain. Both have valuable experience on a number of GB teams and have a strong mind set and attitude which will inspire the rest of the squad.

“The IPC Athletics European Championships will be a key stepping stone for a number of athletes targeting the Rio Paralympics later this year but also acts as an enriching experience for those team members looking ahead to the World ParaAthletics Championships in London during 2017 and Tokyo 2020. It is an exciting team and I’m looking forward to seeing how they perform on the European stage.”

The action gets underway on Saturday 11 June with seven Brits in finals competing for European medals.

Congratulations Sam and best of luck in the competition!

Cerebral Palsy Sport National CP Football Cup Results

Sunday 22nd May saw the Cerebral Palsy Sport National CP Football Cup take place at the Riverside Sports Complex in Nottingham, concluding the 2015/16 season on the National CP Football League.

7 teams from across England battled it out through a group stage, 5th-7th round robin, semi-finals and finals to determine the 2016 winner of the National CP Cup. 16 matches of spectacular football from all teams made for a great final event, with Cerebral Palsy United as eventual winners.

 

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“Congratulations to our adult squad who rounded off their season in style today winning the CP Sport National Cup in Nottingham.

They also received their National CP League trophy & medals after securing the northern conference last month. So proud of these lads, who again put in some great performances. Yet again hard work and focusing on development over results pays off. Another fantastic day for the club!!! Well done lads!” – Cerebral Palsy United FC

Riverside Sports Complex offered fantastic facilities for the event, along with sunshine all day and a cooling breeze, making the event a great day out for all.

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Our brilliant team of match officials made sure the event ran smoothly, supporting and educating players throughout the games, and fostering a positive environment of fair play and respect.

“Thanks for organising an excellent day, inspiring and enjoyable and cementing Nottingham’s reputation as the hub of CP sporting excellence.” – Richard May (Match Official)

“It was fantastic to see a smile on everyone’s face who participated. It shows that regardless of skill or ability, football really is a sport for all” – Ian Pascu (Match Official)

“It is always a pleasure to officiate at the CP Football Events. The standard of football is tremendous, the commitment and sportsmanship shown by all the players is outstanding.” – Alan Hall (Match Official)

“Since officiating at the CP games in Nottingham and refereeing my last games of the season back in Nottingham the words which come to mind are inspiring, friendly and fun! It has been a real honour to be involved and look forward to further involvement next year.” – Tim Sadler (Match Official)

CP Sport Board member and former Paralympic Swimmer, Fran Williamson was in attendance to show her support for the event and the CP Football programme. Fran presented all of the awards at the end of the event.

National Cup final positions:

  1. Cerebral Palsy United FC
  2. Copmanthorpe Cerebral Palsy FC
  3. South West CP
  4. Chelsea Foundation
  5. West Midlands CP
  6. Disability4Sport (Riverside Inclusive FC)
  7. Albion in the Community (Brighton & Hove)

 

Awards:

  • National CP Football Cup winners:
    Cerebral Palsy United FC
  • National CP Football League – South Conference winners:
    Chelsea Foundation
  • National CP Football League – North Conference winners:
    Cerebral Palsy United FC

All results from the National CP Football Cup are available here

 

Congratulations to all teams who have taken part in this year’s CP Sport National CP Football League and thank you for your continued support of football opportunities for people with cerebral palsy and physical disabilities.

If you would like to find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport national football programme please click here

Paralympic Sporting Ambassador receives MBE

Paralympic Sporting Ambassador receives MBE

Triple Paralympic Champion Stephen Miller has been presented with his MBE by HRH Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace. Stephen from Cramlington, Northumberland was selected to receive the MBE award in the New Year Honours for services to sport. Stephen was accompanied on the day by his wife Rachel, mam and coach Ros, and his brother Jonathan.

Stephen, a Cerebral Palsy Sport Sporting Ambassador said “It’s amazing to receive this MBE award, such a huge honour and I’m very humbled. This is as much for all the people who have inspired and supported me throughout my career. I hope to continue to be a role model and inspire other to find their passion in life.”

This summer marks 20 years since Stephen won gold at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta at the age of 16 years and 91 days, becoming the youngest ever track and field gold medallist for Great Britain.

In a career that has included 5 Paralympic Games, 6 World Championships and 4 European Championships, Stephen has won over 25 International medals, held the F32 Club Throw World Record from 1997-2008 and went undefeated for 9 years from 1996-2005.

Stephen is currently working on securing a place in the Great Britain team for the Rio Paralympic Games being held this September, the team is selected in July.

Congratulations Stephen from all of us at Cerebral Palsy Sport

Stephen miller MBE

Image courtesy of the Miller family