CP Sport partner with STA for Learn to Swim Week 2019

The Swimming Teacher’s Association’s (STA) International Learn to Swim Week is this week 13th – 19th May.

The aim is to promote water safety and learning to swim, no matter age, location, or ability.

Cerebral Palsy Sport are working closely with the STA to promote disability swimming and get more people active.

The STA are calling on everyone to help with their campaign this week by encouraging people of all ages and abilities to get in the pool and learn a wealth of water skills. The aim is to teach swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques to as many people as possible.The STA have over 150 Swim Star Swim Schools, 20 Swim Academies and 30,000 STA swimming teachers on hand to help achieve this.

As part of an STA report, is shows that 70% of parents think swimming is the most important sports for children to learn and 62% say it is an invaluable life skill. Despite these figures, only a third of parents say they take their child swimming at least once a week.

During this week, the STA will be promoting the importance of children attending regular, structured swimming lessons and why it is important to get children both swimming in school and out.

The STA are providing a free, downloadable swimming pack which shows parents how the can best help their child in learning to swim and how to get the whole family involved. (Available here.)

CP Sport will be following the STA this week and helping to promote the message of Learn to Swim Week. Swimming is a life-saving skill and it is important that everyone has the opportunity to swim, no matter their ability.

CP Sport offer a range of services in swimming including SwimStarts, Development Galas and resources. If you would like to find out more about our exciting opportunities, please visit: http://www.cpsport.org/sports/swimming/

Find out more about the STA’s Learn to Swim week here

London will host the 2019 world para swimming championships

The 2019 World Para Swimming Championships will now take place in at London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, from 9th – 15th September, World Para Swimming has announced. The 2019 event was originally to be held in Malaysia.

The Aquatics Centre was the host to the swimming events at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and will be an opportunity for swimmers and fans to enjoy the venue once again.

The event will be a key qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

IPC President Andrew Parsons said:

“We are delighted to announce London as the host city of the World Para Swimming Championships. I cannot thank the Mayor of London, UK Sport and British Swimming enough for their outstanding efforts stepping in to stage and support this Championships, a key Tokyo 2020 qualifier, at such short notice.

“I have no doubt the whole of the Para swimming community will be appreciative of the efforts they have made to organise this competition. The London Aquatics Centre brings back many fantastic memories of the 2012 Paralympic Games and I am sure athletes will be greatly excited to return to such an iconic venue.

“We appreciate that the dates are not identical to the ones we had originally planned in Malaysia and these new dates will have an impact on the performance programmes of Para swimmers. However, following the cancellation of Malaysia and the opening of a new bidding process it simply was not feasible to organise a new event for the end of July and early August.”

Around 600 swimmers from 60 nations are set to compete in the Championships which is a qualifier to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Channel 4, the UK’s Paralympic broadcaster, intend to show the World Para Swimming Championships live this September.

45 Swimmers compete at the annual Cerebral Palsy Sport National Championships

Cerebral Palsy Sport held its National Swimming Championships 2019 at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham on Sunday 7th April.

45 swimmers competed in the annual event. All participants had the opportunity to swim five events over different strokes and distances.

There was a wide variety of abilities and ages at the event from 10 years old up to 54 years old. A total of 90 medals were given out on the day.

The Interim Chair of the Cerebral Palsy Sport Board, Peter Savage, attended the event and gave a very special award to Catriona Chung for becoming a new Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport.

Lynne Wardle, also a member of the board for the charity, attended the event to present awards during the afternoon session.

The event was made possible with the expertise and support of our officials and volunteers.

The results and report can be found here

Find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport Swimming programme here

New free online resources launched by the Institute of Swimming and Swim England

Two new free online swimming resources for coaches and teachers have been launched by the IOS and Swim England Learn to Swim team.

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The first resource is ‘Mobile Devices in Swimming Lessons’. The free resource includes guidance on how to use mobile devices safely and effectively to take registers and mark swimmer progress. Available to download here from their website: https://www.swimming.org/ios/2019/01/31/mobile-devices-swimming-lessons/

The second resource is around ‘School Swimming and Water Safety’. This provides information on the National Curriculum standards around water safety and safe practice. This resource can be downloaded here: https://www.swimming.org/ios/course/1310 . Once you are booked on, the resource is accessible to use multiple times.

Free Swim School Roadshows are also available to book. These are regional events where swim schools, teachers and operators can learn more on best practice. In Poole on 7th May 2019, 10am-1pm is a free workshop on ‘Inclusivity and SEND’. More information can be found here: https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/swim-school-roadshows/

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For more information about Cerebral Palsy Sport and Swimming please click here

Young Sporting Ambassador announced on International Women’s Day

The 8th March 2019 marks International Women’s Day and we are taking the opportunity to celebrate and highlight the achievements of our female participants as well as the impact they have as role models for the next generation. Cerebral palsy is the single largest cause of childhood physical disability in the developed world and it is more common in girls than boys. In 2018, 526 of our sport participants were female.

We are delighted to announce that Catriona Chung has accepted the honour of becoming a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport.

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Catriona was born with Cerebral Palsy which affects her balance and peripheral vision. At aged 6, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. She has learnt to accept and live with these difficulties. When she was young, her physiotherapist advised her parents try swimming to improve mobility. It was a hobby initially and then progressed to competing. She trained with Jill Stidever at Leicester Penguins and subsequently also with Loughborough Town Swimming Club. Catriona has regularly competed at county, regional, national levels since aged 12, and more recently at international events including the CP World Games in Barcelona in 2018 where she won 2 gold and 1 silver medals.

A seizure in the water affected Catriona’s confidence leaving her feeling very shaken. After a long time of trying she slowly rebuilt confidence in the water and has grown stronger mentally and psychologically.

Over the years, Catriona says she has received a lot of help and support from others, and now wants as many people as possible to understand that people with disabilities like herself are capable of helping others too. Catriona feels honoured to be a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport and is glad that it provides her a platform for sharing her experiences and helping others.

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She said;

I will continue to train hard and want to encourage those with special needs to take up a sport, as I have learnt that through commitment, hard work and resilience that I am able to achieve more than I ever imagined. Swimming was once my hobby, but now it has turned into my passion.”

“Disabilities do not define who you are or what you can do. It is what comes within that makes all things possible.”

Young Sporting Ambassadors for Cerebral Palsy Sport are young people between the ages of 16 – 25 who have developed themselves as athletes through Cerebral Palsy Sport’s sport’s programmes and as a result have made huge changes to their lives.

Young ambassadors have been chosen to use their sporting journey to positively encourage others, sharing their ups and downs along the way to achieving their sporting potential.

Find out more about our Young Sporting Ambassadors here

GO TRI Come & Give It A Go

Cerebral Palsy Sport is proud to be working in partnership with Limbpower, British Triathlon and McA Fitness and Event to run a series of ‘Go Tri’ events throughout 2019. The triathlons are specifically for anyone who has cerebral palsy or a limb impairment.

The first will be held on 17th March 2019 at Total Fitness Wilmslow.

There are two levels – A Challenger event (Swim 200m, Cycle 10km, Run 2.5km) and a Starter event (Swimming 200m, Cycling 6.5km and running 1.5km)

Limb Power was launched in November 2009 to engage amputees and individuals with limb impairments in physical activity, sport and the arts to improve quality of life and to aid lifelong rehabilitation.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is the country’s leading national disability sports charity supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential and putting people with cerebral palsy and their families at the heart of everything we do.

McA Fitness & Events are really proud to be working alongside Limb Power and CP Sport to showcase this opportunity for everyone to race together. If you are a first timer, para athlete, improving novice or seasoned vet, this race will give you the opportunity to pit yourself against yourself.

To register for the first event on 17th March click here

For the full list of Cerebral Palsy Sport events in 2019 click here

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Swimming events announced for 2019

Cerebral Palsy Sport offer a range of opportunities for swimmers with cerebral palsy from introductory sessions for new swimmers through to specialist coaching and competitive galas, tailored awareness and education courses.

Our Development Galas are for swimmers who have some experience of the aquatic environment. We operate a programme of  Galas that offer an excellent introduction to competitive swimming. They are friendly, supportive and realistic with a starter, timekeepers, heats and staggered timed finals. If necessary a swimmer can be accompanied by a parent or enabler – and swimming aids are permitted.

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The National Championships are a friendly and competitive event. They take place annually in Nottingham and caters for the needs of all active cerebral palsy swimmers from club through to elite levels of ability. The Championships are held using British Swimming classification – but cerebral palsy swimmers without classification may take part as guests if space allows. Capture swim

We are delighted to announce our 2019 dates:

Winchester Development Gala – King’s School – Saturday 23rd February 2019

CP Sport National Swimming Championships – Harvey Hadden Sports Village Nottingham – Sunday 7th April 2019

Swim Series 2019

Liverpool Development Gala– Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park- Sunday 5th May 2019.

Sheffield Development Gala- Ponds Forge ISC- Sunday 14th July 2019.

Worcester Development Gala- Perdiswell Leisure Centre- Saturday 19th October 2019.

North East- To be confirmed soon!

To enter the 2019 swim series, please use the booking form here: Registration Form 2019

For further information about our swimming programme click here or contact Jennifer.Basford@cpsport.org 0115 925 7027

Worcester Swimming Development Gala

This year’s Worcester Development gala was held at Perdiswell Leisure Centre where the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. 15 swimmers took part on the day and all 15 got at least one medal and a certificate to go away with. Well done to the swimmers for your hard work and speedy swims!

Thank you to the 11 volunteers that kindly gave up their time to make the gala a success. Every bit of help was very much appreciated.

Our VIP at the gala was Kevin O’Connor who very generously fundraises for the Worcester Gala every year through his golf days. CP Sport would also like to congratulate Kevin on winning the award for Fundraising Supporter of the Year. This was presented at the end of the gala in front of the participants who he endlessly supports to achieve their goals.

Feedback from the event:

“Great, competitive and social event.”

“Very well organised and enjoyable.”

“Excellent.”

“Fantabulous.”

“I really enjoyed it and want to do another gala.”

“Amazing.”

“It helps me build my confidence.”

To see the full report and see images from the event click here

Athletics and Swimming Training Day

This year’s training day was held at Harvey Hadden Sports Village on World CP Day. To mark the occasion, participants, staff and volunteers were asked to wear something green.

The day was successful with 15 athletes and their parents/carers enjoying the day. We had a seminar at the start by a sports psychologist from Sheffield Hallam University and More Rehab. A really big thank you to Zeynep Atha who delivered a really inspiring talk about positivity and a healthy mind-set during training and competitions. If anyone would like more details of Zeynep’s work and/or sport psychology, please contact CP Sport.

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CP Sport would like to offer our gratitude and appreciation to the volunteers that tirelessly give up their time at our events to make these days happen. Without their support, it simply wouldn’t be possible.

Finally, thank you to the athletes and swimmers that came along to the day and make the events a joy to deliver.

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9 Athletes attended the training session which included a mix of RaceRunners, sprinters and also a throws athlete. Athletes had access to the indoor track for the training session as well as being able to use gym equipment for strength and conditioning work.CPT-061018-C1-049

Our Sporting Ambassador Graeme Ballard, was on hand to offer advice and support to the athletes during the session which everyone found very motivational. Thank you for coming to take part in the training day and it was good to see everyone.

Feedback:

“Always enjoy Cerebral palsy sport Events”

“Great to get some of the 2018 Team England Atheltes back together”

“Nice to see everyone”

“Graeme was really helpful and friendly”

Swimming

We had 6 swimmers that came along to the training session in the pool. The session was delivered by Matt Walker MBE, Jill Stidever and Richard Heselton who are 3 very experienced teachers/coaches who have worked with children and adults with CP and physical disabilities for a long time. Thank you all for coming down to the training day and coaching such a brilliant session.

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“It was good to be with friends.”

“It was a great day to reconnect with friends.”

“Well organised, brilliant staff and friendly volunteers, Well done!!”

To take a look at all the photos taken at the training day, AGM and awards evening, please click here

Team CP England Success at the 2018 CPISRA World Games, Spain.

Team CP England are back from the CPISRA 2018 World Games in Sant Cugat, Spain having topped the medal table with 110 medals.  25 countries came together in Sant Cugat to compete in a variety of sports. Team CP England, made up of 26 swimmers and 37 athletes (including RaceRunners) won a total of 44 golds, 36 silvers and 30 bronze medals, more than doubling their closest rivals Poland who finished with 51 medals.

The event was not only a huge success for the athletes in terms of the medals won, there was lifetime best, season bests, and personal bests for all most all of the team. The Games also gave a large number of the team the opportunity to experience international competition for the first time. Overall it was a fantastic experience as Team CP England showed the rest of the World not only how good they were on the track, field or in the pool, but as a team of fantastic individuals.

Lisa Morton-Smith, Chef De Mission for Team CP England said: “The Games were a fantastic opportunity for all Team CP England athletes. Not only did most experience international competition for the first time, they made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Topping the medal table was an extra credit to how hard each athlete had work prior to and during the games. I am incredibly proud of each and every one of the team”.

After returning from the Games, one parent of an athlete said:“I just wanted to thank you again for an amazing experience. From arriving knowing no one, to coming together as a team and to leaving as friends it was incredible”.

One of our Team CP England athlete said: “ Huge thank you to everyone who made the games possible and such an amazing experience. I very much enjoyed my first World Games and debut representing England”.

Cerebral Palsy Sport would like to share a special thanks to the volunteers who supported Team CP England throughout the games, without them it would not of been possible.

 

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