National Swimming Championships 2018

This year, we were sponsored and helped by Nottingham Trent University. The event was held at Harvey Hadden Sports Village and was in a long course format over 50m.

43 swimmers entered altogether and there was a great atmosphere from everyone there. The ages of the swimmers ranged from 11-54 years old. A total of 126 medals were presented throughout the gala with a lot of very happy swimmers!

Medals were presented by Paralympian Matt Walker MBE and CP Sport Trustee Paul Mariner.

Photos will be published on our website and on Facebook. CP Sport also took some live videos of the event and presentations. See the event photos here

We would like to thank SportSystems, David Rush and David Fortescue, for their continued support in running the meet results software and enabling the smooth running of the competition. We would also like to thank Wendy Coles for her help in providing the officials for the event, as well as Mary Butler and Jill Stidever for their technical assistance, without which the event could not have run to ASA licence standards. 17 volunteers all worked extremely hard at the event and there has been a lot of praise from CP Sport staff and entrants of the gala. All volunteers were very kind and helpful throughout the day. Thank you for giving up your time.

Well done to all of the swimmers who competed this year. There were some great swims and some fantastic PBs achieved!

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Cerebral Palsy Sport launches new a Swim Series for 2018

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to announce the launch of a new CP Swim Series for 2018.

Children and adults with cerebral palsy or a physical disability. All ability of swimmers welcome. Floatation aids or a helper in the water are allowed. Registration is required to take part in these events.

The Dates are: 

  • Sheffield -Sunday 22nd April 2018 at Ponds Forge International Swimming Centre, Sheaf Street, Sheffield, S1 2BP
  • Liverpool-Sun 24th June 2018 at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton, Liverpool L36 6EG
  • Worcester – Saturday 20th October 2018 at Perdiswell Leisure Centre, Bilford Road, Worcester, WR3 8DX
  • Durham – Sunday 2nd December 2018 at Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre, Freeman’s Place, Durham DH1 1SW

Price
Cerebral Palsy Sport members: £10 per event or £35 for the whole series
Non Members: £15 per event or £50 for the whole series

To enter: please download the Series Registration form here: CP Sport Swim Series 2018 Registration Form 2018

For more information or if you would like to volunteer, please contact jennifer.basford@cpsport.org/ 0115 925 7027.]

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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