On Saturday 6th October we held the 2018 Cerebral Palsy Sports Awards at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham.
The following awards were presented:
2018 CPISRA World Games Volunteering Commitment Awards
This award was presented in recognition of the incredible contribution made by our World Games volunteers who supported Team CP England and made an exceptional contribution to supporting all the team.
Awards presented to.. Elaine Morris, Liz Moulam, Ian Clegg, Ian Morris, Jon Moulam and Simon Smith
Sadly Liz, John and Simon couldn’t attend the evening
2018 CPISRA World Games Team Commitment Awards
Presented to Richard Kerr, Jen Basford and Lisa Morton-Smith
These awards were presented in recognition of our brilliant sport team managers and an awesome Chef de Mission who steered Team CP England to topping the medal table in Spain.
Fundraiser of the Year
Awarded to Dean Bugler
This award recognises the support, efforts and sheer determination to raise funds for us in unique and often life changing ways. Both finalists ran the Virgin London marathon for Team CP Sport in 2018 and raised a significant amount of money for Cerebral Palsy Sport.
Sarah Harger was also a finalist.
Young Fundraiser of the Year
Awarded to Zach Nichol
This award recognises the many young fundraisers that take on challenges and special events to raise funds for CP Sport. Our winner is no exception and raised over £1,000 during our Get Set Raise campaign. He has cerebral palsy himself and wanted to inspire others to take up sport.
Unfortunately Zach couldn’t attend the awards, but we will ensure we get his award to him quickly.
Cerebral Palsy Sport Fundraising Supporter of the Year
Awarded to Kevin O’Connor
This award is in recognition of the incredible supporters who fundraises for CP Sport and enable us to make the difference we do. Kevin O’Connor has supported the charity with charity golf days and also coming to swimming events to witness the difference his fundraising makes.
Unfortunately Kevin O’Connor couldn’t attend the awards, but we will be awarding this to him at our Worcester Swimming Gala later this month.
Cerebral Palsy Sport CEO Recognition Award
Awarded to Nick Lomath
This award is in recognition of an individual who has made a stand out contribution to supporting the charity in our work. Nick Lomath has volunteered his time and tirelessly supported us at many events with his incredible photography and then gifted all the photos to us to help us promote the work we do.
Partner of the Year
Awarded to British Athletics
The Partner of the year award was first included in 2017 to highlight the great partnerships that CP Sport has with key organisations. This years finalists were two National Governing Bodies of Sport who worked closely with Cp Sport to ensure that there are high quality opportunities for people with cerebral palsy to access sport and activity at a local level and developing a pathway that is there for those that want to compete at their highest level. Partner of the Year is awarded to those partners that support Cerebral Palsy Sport in having people with CP and their families at the heart of what they do.
British Gymnastics was also a finalist.
Swimmer of the Year
Awarded to Samm Lewis
The Swimmer of the Year award recognises a swimmer who has shown dedication, commitment and made significant improvements and achievements over the last year. Samm Lewis has excelled and won multiple medals at the 2018 CPISRA World Games following re-classification.
The Andrew Stubbs Trophy
Awarded to Catriona Chung
The Andrew Stubbs Trophy recognises a swimmer who over the last 12 months has shown dedication and perseverance enabling them to be the best swimmer that they can be.
The trophy is in remembrance of a very special young man – Andrew Stubbs and we are humbled that his family continue to support Cerebral Palsy Sport and were able to present the trophy.
The Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour
Awarded to Thomas Stamp
The Colin Rains Trophy is presented to an athlete who has continually strived to be their best, have shown endeavour, commitment and dedication throughout the 2018 athletics series. Both our finalists, Emily and Thomas have shown all these qualities throughout 2018
Emily Stewart was also a finalist
Sport Volunteer of the Year
Awarded to Mary Butler
The Sports Volunteer Award is judged on the commitment a volunteer shows to their role, one that goes the extra mile and excels in their volunteering. Our finalists have truly demonstrated all of those attributes over 2018.
Mary devotes all her spare time to disability swimming, it is her lifelong passion. She organises her own inclusive swimming event, to include all disabled swimmers as well as volunteering at all CP Sport galas over the last 5 years. Mary always goes above and beyond what is expected of her, as a gala organiser she always asks coaches and parents about each swimmer before they compete. Any swimmer new to galas she finds somebody experienced to look after them. She even organised her holiday this year to be in Spain during the World Games so she could watch swimmers she had nurtured swim in an international event.
Elaine Morris and Nick Lomath were also finalists
Coach of the Year
Awarded to Steve McRobie
The Coach of the Year Award recognises the outstanding commitment to developing and mentoring the young people in their care and demonstrates a passion for improving the lives of people with cerebral palsy through sport.
Steve is manager of Bingham Outlaws (Bingham Town Youths FC, Nottinghamshire). He has worked tirelessly and thanklessly for almost 15 years in developing an environment where young people with disabilities (specifically cerebral palsy) can train and play competitive football together. The environment that Steve has created with the Bingham Outlaws is one which the players very rarely leave, players have been with the club for over 10 years and Steve is a big reason for that.
Steve has been instrumental in growing the size of the club over the last 12 months. they now have more players than ever ranging from 8 – 22 years old. Steve puts many hours and days of his own free time into the team. He has always shown the highest level of dedication to helping the players improve and develop not only as footballers, but as people.
Martin Cook and Janet Warrington were also finalists
Official of the Year
Awarded to Tony Williams
The Official of the Year Award recognises the vitally important role officails play in supporting events and the commitment they bring to volunteers in sport with professionalism, care and inclusion.
Tony has been an official at Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics events and within athletics for over 40 years. As a starter Tony not only makes sure each race gets off to the right start, he takes time to talk to athletes and provide advice and guidance to those that are new and may be unsure. There is many a nervous athlete who has stood on the start line and been reassured by Tony’s empathy and care. On the odd occasion that Tony has been unavailable for CP Sport events he does all he can to make sure that there is a starter in place. Over the years he has developed some incredible knowledge, something that those around him benefit from a great deal.
Paul Rutter and Wendy Cole were also finalists
Sports Club of the Year
Awarded to North East and Yorkshire Disability FC
The Sports Club of the Year Award recognises clubs that have a commitment of inclusion, opportunities for all and seeking to lead the way in coach, player and volunteer development.
North East and Yorkshire Disability Football Club has 1 adult CP team who are national champions and a great junior section. All coaches are highly qualified and engage all the players with enthusiasm, knowledge and passion. the club strongly believes in making football accessible for all, particularly for those with CP and through its work in the National League is helping to create pathways into the England CP senior team. The adult CP team won the FA Disability Cup at St George’s Park and since then players have been called up for the England squad and junior development squads. The club are extremely welcoming, they develop footballers whilst having fun, allowing players to make new friends.
London Disability Swimming Club and Gateshead Harriers were also finalists.
Sports Achiever of the Year
Awarded to Thomas Talbot
The Sports Achiever of the Year Award recognises the outstanding commitment individuals make to participating in their sport. It honours their hard work in training, competition and their achievements over the last 12 months.
Thomas is an international RaceRunner who trains twice a week at his athletics club Lincoln Wellington as well as every other day on his treadmill. Since April 2018, Thomas has run consistently well improving his race pbs including taking 25 seconds off his 400m pb and making massive progress on his 800m pb by over a minute. Thomas came into the season second in Great Britain for all RaceRunners for 800m. In July 2018 he won four Typhoo National Junior Championships titles for Under 15 as well as running pbs. He also took over 19 seconds off his 3k time in July. Thomas was bronze medallist for RR3 100m at the England Athletics /CAU National Disability Championships in July 2018 where RaceRunning featured for the first time.
Thomas represented Team CP England at the CPISRA 2018 World Games in Spain and was reclassified as a RR2 athlete. He won a world silver medal in 800m and ran pb’s in 100m as well as qualifying for all his finals and placed 4th in the 100m, 200m and 400m. he returned from the Games ad the number 1 ranked RR2 athlete in Great Britain. Thomas also won 4 RR2 golds at CP Sport National Athletics Championships as well as running a pb for his 100m.
Thomas has fought back after major hip reconstruction surgery through rehabilitation, learning to walk again and back to full health to enable him to race in the 2018 season. Thomas is also a real ambassador for RaceRunning and is encouraging to other RaceRunners as well as all his team mates. he always cheers them on. He carries himself with humility and quiet dedication to run the best he can with challenging medical circumstances pending.
Cameron Osbourne and Joshua Monaghan-Coombs were also finalists
Lifetime Achievement Award – Swimming
Awarded to Jill Stidever MBE
Jill has spent over 60 years supporting thousands of children with special needs to learn to swim. Her dedication to swimming has helped in changing the perception of disabled sport and encouraging people to see disabled swimmers as athletes.
Jill dedicates over 40 hours a week to coaching, raising funds and organising swimming programmes and she has seen some of the young children she has coached go on to compete at Paralympic level.
In 2014 Jill was honoured with the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award and we were delighted to honour her commitment, hard work and dedication to cerebral palsy swimming and disability swimming with this lifetime achievement award.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Athletics
Awarded to Dr Alan Neuff
Dr Alan Neuff started Neuff Athletic equipment in 1966 by designing the Britain’s fibreglass vaulting poles and it has gradually developed to covering all track and and field events. Dr Alan Neuff has been in athletics as an athlete, coach and official for many years which has included supporting CP Sport events as an official.
Alan is a dedicated official committed to supporting athletes with a disability to achieve their sporting potential. He has complete attention to detail for officiating that many would aspire to and is always alongside his treasured wife Caroline. While serious ill health meant he couldn’t be with us at the awards evening, his wife Caroline and son Ralph collected the award on his behalf.
Stephen Miller MBE and Graeme Ballard were also inducted into the Cerebral Palsy Sport Hall of Fame, Click here to read more about their induction into the Hall of Fame.
To take a look at all the photos taken at the training day, AGM and awards evening, please click here