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’

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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.”

UK Sport and EIS launch talent ID campaign #DiscoverYourGold

UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport (EIS) have launched a new campaign #DiscoverYour Gold. It is the biggest multi-sport talent identification campaign in British history, #DiscoverYour Gold, aims to identify talented young athletes who have the potential to become future champions.

Over 20 sports are involved in #DiscoverYour Gold, a partnership between UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport (EIS), and a range of National Governing Bodies, targeting 15-24 year olds to be fast-tracked into the exciting world of high performance sport.

There are numerous para sports recruiting for new athletes including Para-Athletics, Para-Swimming, Para-Cycling, Disability shooting, Para-Rowing, Para-Canoe, Powerlifting, Para-Archery, Visually Impaired Judo, Para-Triathlon, Disability Table Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Tennis, Boccia and Para-Taekwondo. #DiscoverYourParaPotential

If you believe you have got what it takes and want to find out more, visit the UK Sport website

CP Sport offers a wide variety of opportunities and pathways for all levels including potential future champions. For a full list of our events and sports opportunities please visit our events page here

 

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CP Sport Ambassadors selected for Rio 2016!

It was announced today that these CP Sport Ambassadors have been selected for Rio 2016. Congratulations!

Graeme Ballard

In May 2012, Graeme became the world record holder in the T36 100m, securing a time of 11.98 at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester. At London 2012, his third Games, Graeme won silver in this event, adding to the bronze medal that he won in the T36 200m in Athens.  Graeme most recently won a silver medal at the IPC Athletics European Championships in June 2016 in Italy.

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Stephen Miller MBE

Stephen has  represented Great Britain for 20 years, competing in 5 Paralympic Games, 6 World Championships and 4 European Championships – so far winning 26 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 was honoured in the New Years Honours List by Her Majesty the Queen with an MBE.

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Sam Ruddock

Since the 2013-2014 season, he has switched events, competing at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon as a sprinter and the 2014 IPC European Championships in Swansea as a shot putter. He chose to switch from track to field to further his development in the lead up to the 2016 Paralympic Games and beyond towards Tokyo 2020.

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More about our ambassadors can be read here

 

They are amongst  41 athletes added to the line-up for track and field in Rio as a number of Paralympic, World and European medallists were selected today. Read more here