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.

Athletics

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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One month to go until Team CP England compete at the CPISRA World Games 2018

World Games Logo530 participants from 25 countries; Austria, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, England, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland and Sweden; Argentina, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, India, Kenya, Lithuania, Oman, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, UAE and USA. are coming together on the 6th August to take part in the CPISRA World Games in San Cugat.

Cerebral Palsy Sport is proud that 63 athletes will be representing Team CP England across Athletics, Swimming and RaceRunning.  The athletes that are attending are:

Athletics:

  • Amelia Richards
  • Anna Nicholson
  • Anthony Bryan
  • Brendan Clifford
  • Cathy Booth
  • Charlie Goodwin
  • Conor O’Hare
  • Emily Stewart
  • Gareth Brown
  • George Fox
  • Grace Greenwood
  • India Oates
  • Jahziah Williams
  • Jamie Edwards
  • Joel James
  • Leaha Dixon
  • Leanna Horne
  • Nathan Freeman
  • Olivia Gallagher
  • Philippa Mannings
  • Rachel Partington
  • Robert Allerston
  • Ryan Ragoo
  • Stewart Chappell
  • Thomas Stamp
  • Toby Markham
  • Tyrone Williams
  • William Baxter
  • Yasmin Somers

RaceRunning:

  • Bethany Moulam
  • Ellie Simpson
  • Orla Conneely
  • Charlie Denman
  • Rafi Solaiman
  • Muninder Hayer
  • Matthew Humphreys
  • Thomas Talbot

Swimming:

  • Ben Rees
  • Catriona Chung
  • Charlotte Ryan
  • Connor Stuart
  • Dominic Redpath
  • Ella Cooper-Holmes
  • Ella O’Donnell
  • Emily Manock
  • Fabienne Andre
  • Hayley Milne
  • Hollie Pinder
  • Jacob Chambers
  • Jasmine Bamber
  • Jordan Quinn
  • Joshua Monaghan- Coombs
  • Leo Johnson
  • Levi Codling
  • Matthew Davies
  • Maya Brisco
  • Megan Short
  • Nirari Youssefi-Titchen
  • Sallie Phillips
  • Samm Lewis
  • Samuel Whearty
  • Sophie Taylor
  • Zoe Cain

Support Staff and Volunteers:

  • Lisa Morton Smith  – Chef De Mission
  • Jen Basford Team Manager – Swimming
  • Richard Kerr Team Manager – Athletics
  • Ian Clegg – Team CP England Volunteer
  • Elaine Morris – Team CP England Volunteer
  • Ian Morris Team – CP England Volunteer
  • Simon Smith Team – CP England Volunteer
  • Liz Moulam Team – CP England Volunteer
  • John Moulam Team  – CP England Volunteer

Please click here to see the latest schedule from 2018 world games

During the event we will be updating our social media channels with results and information from the event.

Latest Swim Series Event Goes to Liverpool

14 swimmers who were full of energy and created a great atmosphere attended our Liverpool Swimming Series Event! The swimmers all swam great and everyone went home with at least one medal and a certificate.

The gala was held at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park who were fantastic throughout.

We had 15 volunteers altogether and CP Sport would like to say a huge thank you for supporting us and making it a successful event.

Thank you to the swimmers and spectators for being a part of our gala and we hope to see you all again soon! Well done!

To see the full report and results, please click here

To view the photos taken at the event click here

Paralympics GB chief hails UKAD education of Cerebral Palsy World Games athletes

During our recent Team CP England training day, that took place at Moulton College on 30th May, we held a Anti doping workshop for the 43 members of the team, their families and coaches that are attending the world games in August. The workshop, delivered by UKAD National trainers gave the majority of the attendees their first Anti-doping information.

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As a result the Paralympics GB chief executive has recognised this within the following news article on the UKAD website:

British Paralympic Association (BPA) Chief Executive, Tim Hollingsworth OBE, has lauded the work of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) in educating England’s top Cerebral Palsy athletes, ahead of the 2018 World Games.

The athletes received anti-doping education last month in preparation for August’s Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Alliance (CPISRA) World Games in Sant Cugat, Spain.

The workshop, which was run by UKAD National Trainers at Moulton College in Northamptonshire, was delivered to nearly 90 competitors and support staff, including 17 swimmers, 20 athletes, 40 parents and carers, six coaches, three World Games volunteers and three Cerebral Palsy Sport (CP Sport) staff members.

A small amount of the team had previously received anti-doping education but for the majority this was the first time they had taken part in such a workshop.

Tim Hollingsworth OBE, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, said: “The World Games provide a good learning opportunity for Para athletes and the chance to experience competing at a multi-sport event. The provision of anti-doping education sessions from UKAD is a really valuable contribution to their learning and will help to support the athletes in their development.”

UKAD’s Head of Education and Athlete Support, Amanda Hudson, said: “We are really pleased to have partnered with CP Sport ahead of their athletes heading to the World Games later this summer.

“For many of the athletes, it was the first time they had received clean sport education, so it was great to be able to inform and educate them and in many cases, put their minds at ease around the anti-doping rules and regulations.”

CP Sport’s National Sport Development Manager and Team CP England Chef de Mission, Lisa Morton-Smith, said: “The session was fantastic for all athletes and those that will be supporting them, prior to and during the 2018 World Games.

“The workshop was interactive and provided a platform for athletes, parents and carers to have any queries answered. Everyone left feeling much more confident and less worried about the anti-doping process.”

To view the article click here

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