The Cerebral Palsy Sport Award Winners 2017 announced!

Sunday 8th October was a very busy day for Cerebral Palsy Sport at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.

A RaceRunning Taster session was held, which included Paralympic athlete Stephen Miller MBE who wanted to try the sport for the very first time! There was also a RaceRunning classification opportunity for regular participants supported by CPISRA , and a practical and educational training camp for Swimmers.

Athletes and coaches during the day with expert coaching and advise on hand including a talk from Paralympic Swimmer Matthew Walker.

Our sincere thanks go to Freeths Solicitors who supported the day and also provided volunteers on the day.

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 Ambassador talk

The Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassadors were all invited to the day to talk to the participants during the afternoon session which was a fantastic opportunity to hear their stories and ask questions. It proved to be very entertaining, inspiring and informative. Steve Judge was introduced as the newest Sporting Ambassador to the team.

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Steve said:

“As new Ambassador is was great to meet representatives of  Cerebral Palsy Sport yesterday, athletes, staff, family, friends & volunteers”


Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Awards 2017 

Following on from an AGM, the annual Cerebral Palsy Sport Awards were presented. Congratulations to all those who were nominated,  and the winners who are listed below:

Sports Coach of the Year:

Presented by: Steve Judge

Winner: Andrew Longden

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Swimming – Swimmer of the Year:

Presented by: Basher Hassan

Winner: Hayley Milne

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Sports Volunteer of the Year:

Presented by: Leon Taylor

Winner: Simon Keaney

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Fundraiser of the Year:

Presented by: Aideen Blackborough

Winner: Marcus Pemberton & the Trick Questers

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Sports Club of the Year:

Presented by: James Shaw

Winner: CP United Football Club

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Partner of the Year:

Presented by: Ilana Freestone

Winner: APCP – Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapistsa

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Swimming – Andrew Stubbs Trophy:

Presented by: Mrs Stubbs

Winner: Hollie Pinder

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Athletics – Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour:

Presented by: Graeme Ballard

Winner: Nathan Freeman

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 Sports Achiever of the Year:

Presented by: Sam Ruddock

Winner: Samuel Whearty

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Lifetime Achievement Award:

Presented by: Aideen Blackborough and Stephen Miller MBE

Winner: Basher Hassan

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Sporting Ambassador Ellie Simpson said:

“Great training day thanks to CP Sport. And SO proud of my coach who won Coach of the Year! Unbelievably well deserved!” 

Photos from the Awards ceremony can be found here

Long list for Team England announced

Cerebral Palsy Sport are proud to be coordinating Team England to attend the 2018 CPISRA World Games Games in August 2018.

Cerebral Palsy Sport will inform the athletes who have been selected on the Team England swimming and athletics long list for the 2018 World Games by email, and the lists can be viewed below.

The long list is the first phase of selection and does not guarantee a place in the final team. Long list selection has been based on the qualification standards issued by CPISRA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC), as well as competition results recorded over the last 3 years.

Once those on the long list has accepted/declined their place there will then be a final selection process undertaken. Those that make final selection to represent Team England will be notified by 19th October 2017.

The long list for swimming and athletics can be found here

Keep up to date with World Games news here and Team England news here.

 

 

Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf Day raise over £4,500 for Cerebral Palsy Sport

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce that the Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf day staged at South Staffordshire Golf Course has raised over £4,500 for the charity.

Kevin had supported the charity over the past two years and the funds raised from his unique charity golf days has enabled children, young people and adults with Cerebral Palsy to discover the joys of swimming for the first time.

Kevin spoke of his gratitude of everyone who played in the golf day and said:

“I am delighted that the ninth annual Kevin O’Connor Charity Golf day has managed to raise such a fabulous amount of money for this very deserving charity.  The entire event would not be possible without the participation of the players, the support from Liz and Alison Colesby as well as that of Ali Talbot from Cerebral Palsy Sport and, of course, Sue LeBeau and her wonderful staff at South Staffs Golf Club.

I am looking forward to next year’s event already, which will be on June 7th.  In the meantime happy golfing and happy swimming.” Kevin

The funds raised in this year’s charity golf day will help support the Worcester Swimming Development Gala that is taking place on September 30th at Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Worcester as well as further swimming development in the West Midlands in early 2018.

We are delighted to be welcoming Kevin to the Worcester Development Gala on September 30th.

Thank you to everyone who supported the golf day and thank you especially to Kevin for your fantastic support.

Thank you!

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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.

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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!

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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:

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

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New study highlights the health benefits of swimming

A major new study on the health benefits of swimming has been released by Swim England. The report shows that the unique benefits of water make it the ideal place for people of all ages to exercise. It is particularly beneficial for those with long term health conditions.

The report also found evidence that swimmers live longer. Swimming regularly also helps older people to stay fit, physically and mentally.

On the other end of the scale, the report found that children who take part in swimming lessons regularly develop physical, cognitive and social skills quicker than those who do not.

Swim England commissioned the independent report and will use the findings to raise awareness within the health professions that swimming is a safe, viable and potentially cost-effective option to signpost patients.

They are also calling on the wider health and sports sector to come together and invest in further research on the impact of physical activity on mental health and long term conditions.

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Find out more about the survey here

Find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport Swimming programme here 

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Cerebral Palsy Sport Trustee to take on Loch Lomond Swim Challenge

One of Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Trustees, Richard Oliver and two of his friends are taking on the 1 mile open water swim across Loch Lomond.

Gail McDade, Jane Heggie & Richard Oliver, all past and present Labour Party Organisers, will be swimming a gruelling, and probably very cold, 1 mile open water swim across Loch Lomond in order to raise money for three great (and very personal) causes, all of which help people with Cerebral Palsy.

Gail is Mum to Ryan who has quadriplegic CP, Richard is Dad to Alfie who has also has quadriplegic CP and Jane is Mummy to 2 year old Lyra who as a working diagnosis of CP and Global Developmental Delay.

They will be raising funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport, which supports people with cerebral palsy to reach their life potential through sport and active recreation; The Bobath Centre, which is a specialist treatment and training centre, dedicated to supporting children and families living with cerebral palsy; and ‘Lyra Can’ which aims to provide Lyra with extra treatments to help her to walk, talk and chew.

Gail, Jane and Richard have never attempted open water swimming on this scale but your donations coupled with the very real risk of drowning will hopefully get them through this difficult challenge.

Thank you in advance for any support you are able to give to these important charities and appeals.

You can support here: https://www.gofundme.com/thingscanonlygetwetter

Come what may, things can only get wetter!

Good luck Richard, Gail and Jane!

 

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ASA offer free disability swimming taster sessions

The ASA have a number of disability swimming taster sessions coming up this month, they are FREE to attend, all ages welcome.

14th Feb: Ferndown, Dorset

15th Feb: Weymouth, Dorset

15th Feb: Dorchester, Dorset

16th Feb: Barnstable, Devon

18th Feb: Ludlow, Shropshire

19th Feb: Leominster, Shropshire

 

Following the event, the ASA will then be able to sign post participants to further learn to swim/clubs or other swimming opportunities in the area.

Parents and carers are welcome to swim alongside swimmers should they need it, and swimming aids can be used.

All of the venues have deep water.

Booking can be made by contacting Dave White on email or phone:

Dave.white@swimming.org  or 07584025154

Sasha Kindred CBE retires from swimming

After 20 years at the top of his sport, swimming, Paralympian Sascha Kindred CBE has decided to retire.

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Sasha competed at six Paralympic Game and won a total of 13 Paralympic medals including seven golds. He also has 19 World Championship medals, 26 European medals, four World Championships medals and holds 12 British records.

Sasha has competed and attended many Cerebral Palsy Sport swimming events over the years, competing in the National Championships and World Games, saying;

 “ I have been fortunate enough to be involved with CP Sport for over 25 years and they have helped me become a successful Paralympic Swimmer and Champion.  CP Sport spotted me as a young boy who could swim and then helped me develop my passion for the sport by giving me information and encouragement to get to the next level.  They helped me with training and completion opportunities which i owe them a lot for.  Competing with them in places like Belgium, Germany and sunny Nottingham has given me fond memories and I will continue to support them to help the next generation of young children get into swimming.  CP Sport is an awesome charity to support and in particular swimming.”

On his decision to retire he said;

“Since swimming in Rio last September I had been very much focused on continuing in the sport that has given me so much, but over the last couple of months I have come to the realisation that the physical and mental demands to be an elite athlete are now becoming too much. I have witnessed ParaSport go from strength to strength and enjoyed being a part of that growth representing GB at six Paralympic Games. Knowing when to stop a career is a very hard decision to make especially when it’s part of your life, but stopping with Paralympic Gold and a world record in the 200IM is very pleasing.”

 

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For more information on Cerebral Palsy Sports Swimming opportunities click here

A bumper sports weekend for CP Sport

This weekend Cerebral Palsy Sport held three sports events across the country bringing new opportunities for young people with cerebral palsy.

On Saturday 28th January, Cerebral Palsy Sport joined forces with CP Teens and Sheffield FA to host an adapted sports taster session at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. This was an opportunity for current and new participants to come and “have a go” at either or both RaceRunning and Frame Football. 15 children and adults came to the day and had a fantastic time trying out the equipment and sports in a top sporting venue. It was great to have the support of Quest 88 getting people fitted with equipment and answering lots of questions.

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Our Young Sporting Ambassador Ellie Simpson who was there with CP Teens said;

“Saturday was such a great day for lots of young people with Cerebral Palsy/physical disabilities to have a go at RaceRunning and Frame Football. It had a wonderful turnout and I really enjoyed going with my own RaceRunner and leading some of the activities to the children and young people who were trying RaceRunning for the first time. I also got to have a go at Frame Football myself, which was really funny as I wasn’t really very good at it but I had fun! Overall it was a very successful day for both CP Sport and CP Teens UK!”

On the same day, we held a swimming development gala in Winchester. 28 people took part from ages 5-27, across our 9 events. It was fantastic to have the Mayor and Mayoress of Eastleigh attend and chat with our swimmers and parents. We had attendees who travelled from as far as Chesterfield and Suffolk. Our development galas are extremely popular because they are an excellent introduction to competitive swimming.

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And finally on Sunday 29th January, Cerebral Palsy Sport delivered a Frame Football KickStart session in Carlisle jointly with Cumbria Frame Football Club and Cumberland FA, catering for 6 young people, and helping support the club with their ongoing programme. Find out more about Frame Football here.

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A huge thank you yo all our volunteers who helped over this weekend – a great team effort!

Find out about upcoming Cerebral Palsy events here