We would like to say a huge thank you to Ellie Simpson for hosting a twitter take over today. As a young ambassador for CP Sport we wanted to give Ellie the opportunity to share her experiences and give our members the chance to ask to ask her questions.
Ellie was asked all sorts of questions from what inspired her to take part in sport to what her favourite biscuits are. see below the questions that Ellie was asked and the answers she gave.
Q: Can you tell me about RaceRunning and how you first got into it?
A: RaceRunning is a form of sprinting for ‘high dependency’ athletes with CP/brain injuries. Athletes use a 3-wheeled frame for support & balance. I got involved in 2015 after a CP Sport Taster Day
Q: What advice would you give to children wanting to take up sport for the first time?
A: Definitely just go for it! It is genuinely the best thing I’ve ever done – I do not know where I’d be today without it. It sounds cliché, but it has changed and transformed my life beyond belief!
Q: What has been your most proud moment and what advice would you give to others?
A: My most proud moment to date is probably winning Double Gold at the 2015 World Games! I became the fastest RR2 female in the world, it was crazy
Q: What do you think are the barriers that stop people with cp taking part in sport and what would your advice be to break down those barriers?
A: I think the biggest barrier is people with CP, and their families, sometimes believe that they cannot do sport because of their physical limitations. But, in reality, this definitely does not need to be a barrier – sport is incredibly inclusive & adaptable
Q: How often do you train and for how long?
A: I currently train 4-5 times a week for between an hour and an hour and a half!
Q: Is it cool being an ambassador for CP Sport?
A: Very! I love showing other people with CP what they can achieve in sport!
Q: What’s the one thing that you would want people to know about Cerebral Palsy?
A: That’s a tough one! Probably that no one is affected by CP in the same way, and there’s always a way around everything!
Q: What is the next competition you’re entering?
A: The first of the 2018 CP Sport Series in just under 2 weeks time in Kingston Upon Thames, I’m nervous but looking forward to competing again!
Q: Do you do any other sports other than RaceRunning?
A: I used to do the Club Throw, which is a seated athletics event, but I gave this up in 2016 to concentrate on my RaceRunning!
Q: How did you become involved in sport?
A: I watched the London 2012 Paralympics & was incredibly inspired by what I was seeing. Shortly after, I attended a Sport Fest & the rest they say is history!
Q: Who has been your biggest inspiration?
A: My wonderful, wonderful coach, Andrew Longden who sadly passed away recently. He made my sporting journey happen and shared his love & passion for sport with me. His belief in me and my abilities was incredible.
Q: What are your future goals?
A: My ultimate goal is to be selected for GB. My dream is to reach the Paralympics, and after the announcement in Oct 2017 that RaceRunning is now a WPA event, that dream is more alive than ever before!
Q: Have you ever done any other sports other than Athletics?
A: Yes, I did sailing for a short while, but I used to get quite cold & wet! It also didn’t have the same thrill/excitement for me as Athletics!
Q: What advice would you give to someone with CP who is thinking about going to Uni? What did you do/need to know to make that decision?
A: I would say absolutely go for it, it transformed my life! I was terrified, so much so I nearly didn’t turn up on the first day! But, I am so glad I forced myself, because it was the best decision I ever made to do Sport Development with Coaching!
Q: What’s the worse thing about being an Athlete?
A: Haha! Sometimes, on a night out, I do have to remind myself that I am an Athlete! But, it’s a small price to pay for the life and the opportunities sport gives me
Q: What did your degree involve?
A: A bit of everything! Coaching, event management, sport and sociology, writing development plans, strategic planning… A really comprehensive degree if you want to work in sport development!
Q: What’s your favourite biscuit?!
A: Haha! It has to be the Jammy Dodger – yum!
Q: Do you see yourself becoming a coach?
A: Most definitely, even more so now after loosing Andrew. I want to carry on his legacy and his love, passion & dedication for RaceRunning & disability athletics.
Take a look at Ellie’s #MyStory to find out more about Ellie here