Team CP England set for World Games

The Team CP England training day took place on the 30th May at Moulton College in Northampton. The purpose of the day was to get the team together before heading out to Spain in the summer. 43 members of Team CP England supported by their families and supporters attended the training day where they received information on international classification and Anti-doping. The day was supported by fantastic volunteers and coaches who will also be heading Spain.

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We had 24 RaceRunning, Throwing and Track athletes attend the day, who made use of the new track facilities and club house at Moulten College. The Training day was well supported with experienced coaches and parents who supported the athletes through the training sessions.

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We had 16 swimmers attend, who completed two pool sessions. One in the morning for an hour and a shorter 30 minute session in the afternoon.

We welcomed Richard Heselton from Harrogate Swimming Club who led the training sessions. His ideas were creative and enjoyable for all involved. A big thank you to Richard for delivering the swimming.

It was a great atmosphere throughout and we are delighted we got a chance to meet and engage with the amazing athletes that will be taking to San Cugat in August.

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Well done to all the athletes and thank you to everyone involved!

See the pictures taken at the event here. All images by Nick Lomath

CP Athletics Series Kicks Off in Kingston

The 2018 Cerebral Palsy Athletic Series kicked off on Saturday 7th April with our first event of the series at Kingston Athletics Club. For this event Cerebral Palsy Sport partnered with Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers as well as Surrey County Athletic Association.

26 of the 96 of the athletes that took part in the event were members of CP Sport, which was really pleasing.

Athletes competed in various field and track events over the weekend, which included seated throws taking place on Sunday 8th April.

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For the first time in the events history, RaceRunning was included in the programme and it drew a lot of interest from the spectators who were fantastic at cheering on the athletes.

We also delivered a RaceRunning taster session on the track to provide people the opportunity to have a taster of  RaceRunning.

For full results, please see below results sheets:

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Cerebral Palsy Sport launch new RaceRunning film

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to launch our new film about the adapted sport of RaceRunning during Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and part of our #CPCan 2018 campaign. This film has been developed through a unique partnership between Cerebral Palsy Sport and Nottingham Trent University with TAD Productions.

We are proud to share our film with you. Please click below:

RaceRunning is an adapted sport being developed by Cerebral Palsy Sport in England. It is for children, young people and adults who cannot functionally run and rely on sports aids for mobility and balance. Speaking on the launch of the film, Ali Talbot Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Sport said:

“We are very proud to be able to introduce our RaceRunning film as part of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and are very grateful to the Media students of TAD Productions from Nottingham Trent University that worked so hard to bring this film to fruition. It has been a unique partnership and one we seek to grow for the future with the University.”

Ali also added: “We are also very grateful to the stars of the film – our RaceRunners. Some of them have been taking part for a numbers of years and some have only recently taken up the sport. They show how beautiful this sport can be and the difference it can make to the lives of people with cerebral palsy”.

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RaceRunning is a three wheeled frame where the athlete is supported by a saddle and body plate. The athlete propels against the frame using their feet, and steers using the mobility within their hands and/or arms. People with cerebral palsy can take part as a recreational activity and RaceRunning is a very effective way of improving overall fitness, strength and physical and emotional well-being.

There is also competitions available with athletics events in distances from 60m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m depending on the athlete’s experience and level of fitness.

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Cerebral Palsy Sport run a series of RaceRunning Start days to introduce people with cerebral palsy into this wonderful adapted sport and to enable them to try the activity for the first time. For more information on our RaceRunning Start days, please visit:

Cerebral Palsy Sport wishes to grow the awareness and participation of this unique adapted sport  of RaceRunning and we are indebted to everyone who has supported this film.

Our sincere thanks goes to Nottingham Trent University and TAD Productions for supporting this unique project; to the University of Nottingham for hosting us and to Quest 88 for all their support through filming

Our biggest thanks goes to the all the RaceRunners and their families who gave up their time to help to make this film. We could do have done this without you!

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Ellie Simpson – Twitter Take Over

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

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CP Sport launches partnership with Boccia England

CP Sport is excited to announce that we will be working in partnership with Boccia England.

The partnership has been established to promote Boccia opportunities as well as the range of sports programmes and offers from CP Sport to both organsiations members and users.

Boccia England are the National Governing Body (NGB) for Boccia in England. They are responsible for all aspects of the sport in this country, from beginner to expert, providing for all levels of participation.

Boccia England’s five key priorities are:

  • Promote participation in the sport;
  • Empower our athletes to achieve their full potential;
  • Provide a sustainable future for the sport;
  • Support and develop our staff and volunteers;
  • Develop and govern the sport

Working in partnership with CP Sport will support the NGB to achieve these priorities. To do this Boccia England will be supporting CP Sport SportStart programme.

Many of the athletes who take part in Boccia also take part in CP Sport activities with the benefits of taking part in duel sports highlighted in our latest ‘My Story’.

Beth is both a Boccia player and a Racerunner. when asked about how the to sports work together she said

“I feel my Boccia is going from strength to strength. I still do 2 PT sessions a week, Boccia training and hydrotherapy but I have added in RaceRunning and the benefits are clear; I am stronger, fitter and healthier, I get cardio-vascular exercise so my stamina has improved, my core and range of movement means I am both more still on court but I can also reach awkward shots, and then my concentration, focus and mood has improved, so has my attitude on court”.

Beth

To read the full story click http://www.cpsport.org/?p=10071

Successful RaceRunning taster session

Three RaceRunning sessions have been held in Partnership with the University of Nottingham at the David Ross Sports Village.  The sessions took place on the high performance indoor track area providing participants with the opportunity to experience being on a RaceRunner. A total of 8 people attended throughout the 3 sessions aged between 3 and 21 years old.

IMG_7971We received great feedback from the participants with all the participants rating the session excellent. other comments we received were that the sessions were a “Great Opportunity to try a RaceRunner”, “I found the session fun and the atmosphere friendly” and “It was nice meeting new friends and running fast”.

Sports Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy students from both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University attended to find out more about RaceRunning. We would like to thank the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, as well as Quest 88 for supporting the sessions and providing assistance by ensuring participants were properly sized up and matched with the appropriate frames.

 

RaceRunning Taster Sessions at University of Nottingham

Cerebral Palsy Sport is working in Partnership with the University of Nottingham to run 3 RaceRunning sessions in Nottingham on Saturday mornings throughout February.

The sessions aim to give people of all ages the opportunity to try RaceRunning for the first time, progress through some basic skills and develop confidence using the RaceRunning frames.

We have had 8 participants attend so far, and with 2 sessions down the last session will take place on Saturday 17th February. There has been a real mix of participants from as young as 3 to 20 year olds trying RaceRunning for the first time, including an established swimmer giving RaceRunning a go!

The University of Nottingham have been a real support providing use of their High Performance Zone indoor athletics track to host these sessions. Quest88 have also been a huge support providing RaceRunning frames and knowledge to ensure everyone who attends are catered for. We would also like to thank Nottingham Trent University Students Union for supporting these sessions.

Physiotherapy and sport rehabilitation students from both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University have attended the events to learn more about cerebral palsy and develop their learning.

If you would like more information visit the RaceRunning pages on the website here

New RaceRunning sessions to launch in Nottingham

Cerebral Palsy Sport in partnership with the University of Nottingham are launching three RaceRunning sessions.

The sessions are an opportunity for anyone interested in RaceRunning to come along including participants, parents, coaches, physiotherapists and representatives from athletics clubs to try the sport, see how the RaceRunners work and how to coach RaceRunning.

To attend the session you must book a place by downloading and completing the registration form Registration Form taster sessions and returning to Richard.kerr@cpsport.org

the registration form can be downloaded here: Registration Form taster sessions

Please Note places are limited to 10 per session

The sessions are £5 per session

For more information please call 0115 925 7027

 

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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.

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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’s Athletics Series dates for 2018 announced

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce the dates for the 2018 Athletics Series for track, field and RaceRunning athletes.

The series will take across the spring and summer of 2018 on the following dates:

  • Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April 2018 at the Weir Archer Athletics Leisure and Fitness Centre 422A Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 3PB. Please note Saturday is Track and Ambulant Throws and Jumps. Sunday is for the seated throws. For more details, please click here
  • Saturday 12th May 2018 at the City of York Athletic Club, University of York Sports Centre, Heslington, York, YO10 5NA. For more details, please click here
  • Saturday 9th June 2018 at Blackbridge Jubilee Athletics Track, Poplar Close, Gloucester GL1 5TX.  For more details, please click here
  • July event – to be confirmed
  • Saturday 1st September 2018 – The Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletics Championships will take place at the Doncaster Athletics Stadium, 98 Stadium Way, Doncaster DN4 5JB. For more details, please click here

Entry information, competition rules and more details will follow shortly.

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