MBE awarded to Craig Carscadden for services to disability sport

Former Paralympian athlete Craig Carscadden  has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List 2018 for his service to disability sport.

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Craig started his involvement with disability sport as a CP athlete. He was a middle distance competitive athlete competing in the 1996 Paralympic Games. He then continued his involvement in sport by being a Middle Distance Coach for the Great Britain Team in the 2000 Sydney and the 2004 Athens Paralympics. Craig is still involved in coaching today as a senior Endurance Coach for  Thornbury Running Club in England.

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During the ten-year period of 1998 – 2008, Craig was  our Athletics Co-ordinator here at Cerebral Palsy Sport. His roles included organising coaching for athletes of all levels of ability and planning competitions at national level including the successful Grand Prix series.

Additionally, Craig held volunteer roles fro 6 years on the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) athletics committee from 2005. As an active member of this committee, he provided constructive input to determine the competition programme and qualifying standards for both 2006 World Championships and 2008 Paralympics.

Craig is a former Trustee of Cerebral Palsy Sport and is currently head of Development of CPISRA and Chair of the CPISRA International RaceRunning Executive Committee.

Craig has led CPISRA development of adaptive sports for a number of years and through his leadership, guidance and often significant direct contribution has evolved structured and real opportunities for different types of disability impairment, thereby creating competitive sports participation including pathway to elite international competition for groups of people that would otherwise not have had such opportunity.


Craig has also been responsible for developing classification systems for RaceRunning and Table Cricket for CPISRA. He has also developed rules and regulations for RaceRunning and Slalom and carried out numerous coaching clinics.

Craig has supported Cerebral Palsy Sport’s RaceRunning developments and sits on our National RaceRunning Strategic Development Group representing CPISRA and he has also supported our training days and classification programme for RaceRunning.

He said the award came as “a complete surprise”.

Our sincere congratulations Craig on such a well deserved honour from all of the team and Trustees at Cerebral Palsy Sport.


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.


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!


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






Swim Wales Galas announced as part of Operation Tokyo 2020

The Swim Wales Development Galas are an introduction to competition for new or beginner swimmers in an informal and fun environment. The galas will take place a designated venues, with both heats and final races being available.

Swim Wales Disability Swimming Development Galas are for swimmers who are yet to gain a classification into Para-Swimming. Therefore, any swimmers who have a classification will not be eligible for entry.

Races will be swum over 10m, 25m and 50m across a variety of strokes. All swimmers will take part in heats, with the fastest 6 swimmers from heats progressing to the final. The finals will be carried out using a handicapped system. In the event where there are 6 or less swimmers in an event, all the swimmers will take part in the heat and the final.

Floatation aids and/or a supporter in the water are allowed, if required.

Medals will be awarded to the top 3 in each final, with all participants receiving a certificate

Gala Dates

West (Carmarthen TBC) – Saturday 14th October 2017, 12pm-4pm

North (Bangor) – Saturday 6th January 2018, 12:30pm-4:30pm

South (Ebbw Vale) – Saturday 14th April 2018, 2pm-6pm

Entry Criteria

Entries will be accepted through the completion of the Swim Wales Disability Development Gala entry form. Contact:  huw.griffiths@welshasa.co.uk

Swimmers aged between 4 and 16 years old with a physical or visual impairment

Entrants DO NOT need to be members of a swimming club to enter the Galas

SWIMMERS OF ALL ABILITIES ARE WELCOME, however, swimmers with a classification for Para-Swimming competition will not be eligible to take part.

Entries will open 8 weeks before the date of the Gala and will close 2 weeks before the gala date.

Entry Fees:

£10 per swimmer (£7.50 for Swim Wales Members) per Gala. This will include:

  • Entry to required races
  • Certificate of Participation
  • Swim Wales Goodie bag

Events available will be as follows (races will be run as mixed races):

10m Frontcrawl                 10m Backstroke                                10m Breaststroke            10m Butterfly

25m Freestyle                   25m Backstroke                                25m Breaststroke            25m Butterfly

50m Freestyle                   50m Backstroke                                50m Breaststroke            50m Butterfly

Please note:  Swimmers should only be entered into races where they are able to complete the distance

Parents/coaches wishing to accompany swimmers on poolside will require a poolside pass, this will be free of charge, however will need to be applied for during entry. There will be one pass available per swimmer. We ask that any additional spectators please sit in the provided spectator area, so as not to congest poolside.

Handicap System

To make sure the experience is beneficial to all, the finals will be run under a handicap system. This will mean that swimmers times from the heats will be taken into consideration and will be used to establish their starting time in the final.

To ensure fair competition, swimmers who swim a time 15% faster in the final than in the heat will incur a speeding ticket and will not be eligible to receive a medal, should they place in the top 3 positions.


Medals will be awarded to swimmers who finish within the top 3 of each event.

Please note: Swimmers who post a time in a final that is 15% faster than the time swam in the heats, will be awarded a “speeding ticket” but will not be eligible for a medal

Swimmer Progression:

The aim of the Development Gala series is to help signpost swimmers to the best inclusive swimming opportunities, to be classified and go on to compete on British Swimming Para-Swimming Pathway, and aim to progress swimmers to a competitive development swimming club and onto the classification waiting list for further competitive development.


For further information contact

Huw Griffiths, National Para-Swimming Manager, Swim Wales

Tel:   07970 397018 Email: Huw.Griffiths@swimming.org


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.

Paralympic athletes receive New Year’s Honours

2016 was a fantastic year for British athletes, particularly with so much success at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio. Great Britain closed the Rio Paralympics in September with 64 gold medals, the most by a British team since 1988. They surpassed their London 2012 medal tally of 120 in Rio and finished with 147, second in the medal table behind China.

A number of Great Britain’s gold medallists from the Paralympic Games last year have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours, as well as several of the supporting team.

We are extremely proud to see Cerebral Palsy Sport supporters and former event participants recognised with an Honour, including, Sascha Kindred (CBE), Matt Wylie (MBE), Sophie Hahn (MBE) and Kadeena Cox (MBE).



Swimmer Sascha Kindred CBE, visiting a CP Sport event before winning his seventh gold medal at his final Paralympics games. 


ParalympicsGB’s Chef de Mission Penny Briscoe, who led the ParalympicsGB team in Rio, receives an OBE, while Tim Reddish, BPA Chairman, receives a CBE and Tim Hollingsworth, BPA Chief Executive, an OBE.

Congratulations to all of those who have received an Honour.

Full list of ParalympicsGB team members recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours:

Lee Pearson – Knighthood

Sophie Christiansen – CBE
Sasha Kindred – CBE
Tim Reddish – CBE

Penny Briscoe – OBE
Jody Cundy – OBE
Anne Dunham – OBE
Tim Hollingsworth – OBE

The following have all been awarded MBEs:

Hollie Arnold
Stephen Bate
Will Bayley
Paul Blake
Daniel Brown
Joanna Butterfield
Jon-Allan Butterworth
Claire Cashmore
Jeanette Chippington
Libby Clegg and guide Chris Clarke
Grace Clough
Kadeena Cox
Karen Darke
Robert Davies
Anne Dickins
Adam Duggleby
Lora Fachie
Bethany Firth
James Fox
Joanna Frith
Megan Giglia
Sophie Hahn
Corrine Hall
Georgina Hermitage
Oliver James
Michael Jones
Andrew Lewis
Stephanie Millward
Aaron Moores
Rachel Morris
Gordon Reid
Pam Relph
Eleanor Robinson
Susannah Rodgers
Louis Rolfe
Lauren Rowles
Hannah Russell
Helen Scott
Stephanie Slater
David Smith
Jessica Stretton
Alice Tai
Sophie Thornhill
John Walker
Laurence Whitely
Matt Wylie
Emma Wiggs
Jonathan Norfolk (Head Coach British Para-Cycling)


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.


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




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.


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


The Paralympic Games commences!

The Paralympic Games 2016 kicked off in style last night and there will be plenty of action to follow over the next 11 days.

The Games will be held from 7-18 September and over 4,000 athletes from more than 160 countries will take part. Rio, with its famous landmarks,  provides a stunning backdrop for the Paralympic Games.

Canoeing and Triathlon are new additions to the sporting line up for 2016. Classification explanation for all the sports can be found here.

Great Britain have a team of 264 athletes competing at the Rio Paralympics in 19 sports. The British team have never finished outside the top five in the medal table.

Three Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors are taking part in the Athletics events –

  • Graeme Ballard – T36 100m.  Round 1 Friday 9th September 14:21 – 14:41
  • Sam Ruddock  – F35 Shot Put.Monday 12th September 21:40 – 22:30
  • Stephen Miller MBE  – F32 Club Throw. Tuesday 13th September 14:03 – 17:00

Paralympic Swimmer Ryan Crouch has recently been announced as a coach at our Cerebral Palsy Sport Training Camp taking place at the Swimming and Athletics Training Camp in Nottingham on 30th October at Harvey Hadden Sports Complex. Ryan , who will be competing for GB will be offering his coaching tips. For more information about the event read here.



First ‘National Boccia Day’


Boccia England announces the first National Boccia Day that will take place at sports clubs up and down the country on Saturday 17 September 2016.

Disability sport boccia is one of the events of the Paralympic Games, being held in Rio de Janeiro and National Boccia Day is timed to coincide with the games.

Boccia England Interim CEO Jerome Pels said: ‘Boccia is celebrated as a very inclusive sport, and people of all ages and abilities can easily play.

Following the success of our athletes in the London 2012 Games, we have high hopes for this year and we wanted to bring some of the excitement of the games to a whole new audience at a local level. We want to encourage anyone, regardless of ability to come along for the day and try something new!’

Clubs that have already signed up include:

  • Access Sport (Bristol) Boccia Club
  • BEEs Boccia Club
  • Bidston Bullets Boccia Club
  • Boccia Sheffield
  • Croydon Boccia Club
  • Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Boccia Club
  • Don’t Disability Boccia Club
  • Hambleton Boccia Club
  • Harlow Hurricanes Boccia Club
  • Herne Bay Boccia Club
  • Nottinghamshire Boccia Club
  • Pauls Place Boccia Club
  • Portland College Boccia Club
  • Prince Arthur Boccia Club
  • Sleaford Boccia Club
  • Sportsable Boccia Club
  • Telford Boccia Club
  • YMCA Redhill Boccia Club

Boccia athlete and multi Paralympic medal winner David Smith said ‘I think this is a truly great way to get more people involved in this awesome sport, and I hope that National Boccia Day inspires Paralympians of the future’.

For more information about how you can participate in National Boccia Day, visit the Boccia England website www.bocciaengland.org.uk.

For information on Boccia balls and equipment visit our shop

New research finds demand for more disability sport news

With a week to go before the Rio Paralympics, new research from the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) has shown the public’s desire to see more disability sport in the media. With many media channels set to cover elite disability sport at the Rio Paralympics, the report flags the importance of coverage beyond the Games and on a par with non-disabled people in sport. To support journalists and those who provide news content on disabled people in sport, EFDS is also releasing a better practice Guide to accompany the research.

To produce the Media Research Report, EFDS commissioned ComRes, who spoke to disabled people, non-disabled people and sports journalists from local, national and specialist outlets. As well as benchmarking media’s current portrayal of disabled people in sport, it assesses opinions on disability sport news. The key findings show:

  • The way the media reports on disabled people in sport has a societal impact and has wider effects on people’s perceptions of disability.
  • Despite the notable improvement in reporting since London 2012, disabled and non-disabled people want to see more disability sport coverage and parity with non-disabled people in sport.
  • There needs to be long-term efforts to improve the media coverage in-between Paralympic years to have a lasting impact for all disabled people in sport. While this is a high profile year for disability sport, there is an opportunity to shape coverage beyond the Paralympics.
  • Journalists and sports providers need more support and guidance on appropriate reporting.

For journalists and news providers, there were some key messages:

  • A number of groups can contribute to improving media coverage of disability sport and play an active role. They include journalists, news providers, National Governing Bodies of sport, sports clubs and ambassadors.
  • Priorities should be to:
    • Focus on achievement rather than disability
    • Avoid overly using terms such as “inspirational”
    • Clearly explain classification systems, recognising disability, but not dwelling on it
    • Use higher quality images, especially for local events.

The accompanying Guide supports journalists and sports providers to produce news content on disabled people in sport. It explores six areas- tailoring content, story type, style and placement, language, media formats and ambassadors.

Last week (25 August), EFDS and ComRes hosted an exclusive event for journalists and key stakeholders in sport. Those present included BBC, Sky Sports News, CP Sport and Sport England. The hosts presented the findings, followed by a panel discussion including David Walker, Sports Editor at the Daily Mirror and Tim Hollingsworth, the British Paralympic Association’s Chief Executive.

 Speaking at the event in London Barry Horne, Chief Executive at EFDS, said:

“The news we consume can affect everyone’s perceptions of themselves as people and, for the talented few in sport, as athletes. This means that it is particularly important that coverage is positive if it is going to encourage disabled people to access opportunities and take part. That is why we all have an obligation to improve our reporting and articles about disabled people in sport.

“Although we are well placed to support journalists and sports providers before the most recognised event in disability sport, the Paralympics, it is paramount that, all year round, we address the issues raised.”

Sport England, the Sports Journalists’ Association and the British Paralympic Association are supporting EFDS with the new research and Guide.

Lisa O’Keefe, Director of Insight at Sport England said:

“While undoubtedly a fantastic showcase of heights which can be achieved, the Paralympics only show one half of the disability sports’ story, with many disabled people playing sport far away from the glare of the Paralympic flame.

“Encouragingly, research shows that there is overwhelming support for seeing more coverage. What’s more, both disabled and non-disabled people agree that the reporting of sport and physical activity for disabled people has improved greatly over the last ten years, which leaves us with a strong platform to build on.”

Andy Elliott, Chair at the Sports Journalists’ Association, said:

“It’s gratifying to know that as an industry we have improved since 2012 and that the majority of articles that report on sport for disabled people use positive language. But the research makes it clear that more can be done.

“The Sports Journalists’ Association is delighted to play its part in supporting EFDS and this important Guide will help sports journalists maintain momentum to increase coverage of disability sports at all levels.”