Results and Reports
Durham Development Gala Report 2019
We held the 2019 Durham Development Gala at Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre for a second year running. The staff were once again very helpful and friendly.
There were 9 participants enter the gala this year so it was a quiet and intimate event. Despite this, the atmosphere was fantastic and every participant, parent and carer were cheering swimmers on and applauding when they finished.
We had 10 volunteers help on the day. 4 of which were from The Durham University Swimming Team, 1 family member and the rest were from the Durham Masons. All of the volunteers did a superb job in running the gala and we are very grateful, as always, for the support you give. Thank you.
All swimmers went home with at least one medal and a certificate and there were a few PB’s being achieved too. A huge well done to everyone for their hard work.
Photos can be found here.
Please find the results here: Durham Development Gala 2019 Results.
Worcester Development Gala 2019
For this year’s Worcester Gala, we returned to Perdiswell Leisure Centre where all of the staff were very helpful and friendly. The pool has plenty of spectator space both sides of the pool, making it easily accessible for participants and parents.
There were a total of 14 swimmers enter the gala and a complete range of ability. For some swimmers, it was their first time at a CP Sport swimming development gala and there were also some very familiar faces.
A highlight of the swimmers day was a fantastic VIP kindly giving up his time to come and inspire and encourage. We had 7-time Paralympic Champion Sascha Kindred CBE at the gala and he was brilliant with the swimmers, parents/carers and volunteers on the day. He bought one of his very special gold medals with him and showed the swimmers. It was truly inspiring and worked as a great motivational tool! Thank you to Sascha, it was lovely to have you there.
The Worcester Gala cannot happen without the brilliant support of our fundraiser Kevin O’Connor. Unfortunately Kevin couldn’t be with us on the day but the golf day he hosts every year, raises the funds for the Worcester Gala to happen. Well done and thank you Kevin.
We had plenty of volunteers who wanted to support the event and it was wonderful to see. The Worcester Masonic Group provided CP Sport with 13 volunteers. Thank you. We also had other volunteers from different backgrounds who supported with the event. We simply cannot run the galas without your support, so thank you very much for giving up your time to help such a worthy cause.
Last but not least, a huge thank you and well done to all of the swimmers that took part on Saturday. Everyone went home with a medal and certificate and a big smile on their face.
Photos can be found here.
Results can be found here: Results- Worcester 19
Training Camp 2019
The 2019 training camp was a huge success and was held at the David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham. The venue staff were very helpful and no request was too much trouble on the day. Thank you to David Ross Sports Village for their generosity and help.
The day started off with a practical session both in the pool and on the track. The swimmers benefitted from a coach coming from our new ‘Club of the Year’ COMAST- Matt Walker MBE disability Academy, Ellie Bamber. Ellie was fantastic and gave some really good advice to the swimmers. Thank you to Ellie for your support on the day.
The athletics session was led by Job King – British Athletics Paralympic Pathway Coach and Graeme Ballard – Paralympian and CP Sport Ambassador. The session started with a thorough warm up leading into drills and finishing off with sprints through timing gates. Many of the athletes discovered new drills and for most of them it was the first time they had raced through the timing gates. It was great to see a session including RaceRunning, Wheelchair and Ambulant athletes. The coaching and support from both Job and Graeme was second to none and we would like to thank them both for their time preparing the session and delivering to such a high standard.
After the practical, we had a psychology seminar about self-confidence and self-belief. This was delivered by Zeynep from More Rehab. The seminar was very insightful and Zeynep kept the focus of all of the athletes with some very wise advice about both training and competing. The participants will have taken some useful tips on how to stay motivated and focussed during the successful times and the not so successful times! Zeynep can deliver a number of subjects on sport psychology and they also have a physio branch too. You can find out more information here: www.morerehab.com.
The second seminar was delivered by Catherine Linekar from Catherine Linekar Coaching. This particular seminar was about nutrition and some of the feedback on the day was that they ‘could have listened to Catherine for hours’. Her insight and knowledge about nutrition was superb and she did a really good job to fit in as much information as possible into a short time frame. You can find more information on Catherine and what she offers here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/clinekercoaching/about/.
Some of the feedback we got from the day:
“Ryan had an amazing day. The input from experienced coaches and para athletes was invaluable, and he loved spending time with athletes who were a bit older and experienced. I loved seeing them look after him!”
“A CP athlete can feel isolated when training as part of a club where they’re the only one. Today’s training helped to combat that isolation.”
We want to say a big thank you to all of the participants and parents for their continued hard work and support. We thoroughly enjoyed everyone’s enthusiasm and dedication on the day and all participants were a delight to work with.
Photos to be uploaded soon!
Sheffield Development Gala 2019
At this year’s Sheffield Development Gala, we had 25 swimmers take part. All of the swimmers did some fantastic swims and all 25 went home with at least one medal and a certificate. Our swimmer of the day was awarded to Precious for doing amazing on the day and she always has a lovely smile on her face. Well done swimmers!
We held the gala at Ponds Forge ISC where the staff are always very helpful and friendly. Thank you for allowing us to use your fantastic facilities.
MBE Matt Walker was our VIP and ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport on the day. Not only does Matt help on the poolside but he brings along a lot of swimmers from his club in Manchester. A big thank you to Matt for doing such an amazing job as our ambassador and for the swimmers.
Parents and siblings did a brilliant job in stepping up to help out on the day! We also had some external volunteers, including two student volunteers. Without their support, the gala could not have happened. Thank you and Well done for all your hard work throughout the day.
We had our fantastic photographer Nick Stevens attend the event. Thank you Nick. Photos can be found here.
Please find the results here:- Sheffield Results.
Liverpool Development Gala 2019
For this years Liverpool Development Gala 2019, we returned to Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park. The staff were fantastic and very supportive. Thank you.
We had 16 participants swimming at the gala this year and everyone went home with a certificate and a medal. Our swimmer of the day was Eoin for his bravery and perseverance. Well done to all of our swimmers and congratulations to Eoin.
The volunteers we had did a wonderful job and we cannot thank them enough for helping make the gala a success. The parents, siblings and family members that helped out on the day were brilliant and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you.
Matt Walker (MBE) was there to support his swimmers, be a fantastic ambassador for the charity and present the awards at the end. Thank you Matt for always doing such a great job.
Well done to all of our swimmers and we hope to see you all again soon.
The results from the gala can be found here: Liverpool 2019 results
Thank you to Nick Stevens for taking photos. If anyone would like original copies, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos can be found here: Facebook
National Swimming Championships 2019
This year’s Nationals were held at Harvey Hadden Sports Village on 7th April 2019. Thank you for providing a lovely venue with very helpful staff.
We had 49 participants enter with 45 competing on the day. All swimmers had the chance to swim 5 events with all 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 which resulted in happy faces all round!
The Interim Chair of the Board, Peter Savage, attended the event in the morning and gave a very special award out to Catriona Chung for becoming a new Young Sporting Ambassador for CP Sport. Well done Catriona.
Lynne Wardle, another member of the board, also attended the event to give out presentations in the afternoon session. Well done to all swimmers that took part in the National Swimming Championships.
The hashtag #cpchamps was used throughout the gala and was a lovely way of promoting the event. Thank you to anyone that used the hashtag!
Thank you to Wendy for organising all of the officials. Every year Wendy does this and she does a fabulous job every time! A huge thank you to all of the officials for giving up their time to come and make the event run so smoothly.
Thank you David and Sports Systems for organising the programmes, start lists and results on the day. They also do this every year and we cannot thank them enough!
Thank you to Tom, our fantastic announcer, for constantly making everyone involved laugh and providing a really cheery atmosphere throughout the whole day.
Finally, a big thank you to the swimmers and parents for your continued commitment to CP Sport and your passion for swimming. Keep up the good work and we always look forward to hearing about your achievements.
The results can be found here:
Thank you to Nick Stevens for taking photos. If anyone would like original copies, please contact email@example.com. Photos can be found here: Facebook
Winchester Development 2019 Report
For the Winchester Development Gala in 2019, we returned to King’s School who, again, were fantastic hosts. All the staff are very friendly and work very hard to help us run a successful event. Thank you to King’s School for allowing us to use your wonderful pool again this year.
We had 12 participants enter, all of varying ages and abilities. Every single swimmer went home with a certificate and they all won at least 1 medal. Well done for some amazing swims and congratulations on your medals. The atmosphere, as always, was wonderful and everyone was very supportive to all of our swimmers. Thank you to parents/carers and other spectators for their enthusiasm on the day.
The Hampshire Masons were extremely generous again this year and we cannot thank them enough. Their hard work in raising the money needed to run the gala really does go a long way and without them, the gala could not happen. They provide most of the volunteers for the day and what a brilliant job they all did! They all supported the swimmers with their races and made them all feel extremely comfortable and relaxed.
Also a thank you to the extra volunteers we had on the day for our results and marshaling. Volunteers are vital to our events and without them, the events would not work.
Well done to all of our swimmers and we hope to see you again soon!
The event results can be found here: Winchester Results 2019
The event photos can be found here: Winchester Development Gala Photos 2019
Durham Development Gala- Sunday 2nd December 2018
We were delighted to have held our December gala in Durham this year at the Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre. The staff at the centre were extremely helpful and welcoming and they helped provide the swimmers with a fantastic gala.
We had a small number of 8 swimmers at this gala but despite this, the atmosphere was lovely and all enjoyed themselves. All swimmers went home with at least 1 medal and all received a certificate for their hard work.
Altogether, we had 11 volunteers. Thank you to the Durham University Swimming Club volunteers for being fantastic timekeepers on the day. Also thank you to the Durham Masons who bought 7 brilliant volunteers that helped in various roles during the day including marshalling, starting, announcing and many more! All of the volunteers were very friendly and approachable which made the participants feel very at ease and happy on the day.
Feedback from the day:
“The whole swim series has been very well organised and communicated. This has been particularly enjoyable and is an excellent venue.”
“It’s the taking part, not the winning.”
The results from the gala can be found here: Durham 18 Results
Event Photos: Durham Photos 2018
Worcester Development Gala- Saturday 20th October 2018
This year’s gala was held at Perdiswell Leisure Centre where the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The atmosphere at this pool is always welcoming and exciting when the gala gets underway. Thank you to the centre for making the organisation of the gala so enjoyable.
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!
We were delighted to have 11 volunteers that kindly gave up their time to help out at the gala. Without volunteers, the galas would not be able to go ahead. Thank you.
A special thank you to Mike Gage and Worcester Masons for bringing so many wonderful volunteers to the day and we hope to see you again.
Our VIP at the gala was Kevin O’Connor who very generously fundraises for the Worcester Gala every year through his golf days. It is thanks to Kevin that this gala can be held every year in Worcester. 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.
The brilliant photography was produced by Nick Stevens. More photos can be found on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CerebralPalsySport/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1963173563763495
Thank you to everyone involved in making the day enjoyable and successful.
Feedback from the event:
“Great, competitive and social event.”
“Very well organised and enjoyable.”
“I really enjoyed it and want to do another gala.”
“It helps me build my confidence.”
Worcester Gala Results can be found here: Worcester 2018 Results
Liverpool Development Gala- Sunday 24th June 2018
At the Liverpool Development Gala, we had 14 swimmers who were full of energy and created a great atmosphere! The swimmers all swam great and everyone went home with at least one medal and a certificate. The events varied between distances and all 4 strokes.
The gala was held at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park who were fantastic throughout. The venue has a lovely 8 lane pool with a great balcony for spectators. It has an accessibility ramp into the pool which made it very easy for swimmers to access the water. The staff were very kind and friendly. Thank you to Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park for letting us host our gala there!
Our ambassador and Paralympian, Matt Walker MBE, was at the event to support the swimmers throughout the day. A huge thank you to Matt for coming down and assisting us with the gala.
The volunteers did an amazing job at running the gala with jobs such as timekeepers, starter, runners, results desk, announcer, placing judge, welcome desk, photographer and many more! 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!
Event Photos (Images courtesy of Nick Stevens)
Sheffield Development Gala- Sunday 22nd April 2018
This gala was held at the Sheffield International Venue, Ponds Forge. The venue was brilliant and the staff were very friendly and helpful throughout the day. Ponds Forge provided us with plenty of spectator space using both the poolside and the balcony. The floor was moveable so it could be shallow throughout.
We had 20 swimmers enter the gala with some participants travelling as far as approximately 340 miles! The ages of this gala varied from 6 years old to 26 years old with most participants entering 3 events each.
Matt Walker MBE, our ambassador and Paralympian was at the event to support the swimmers throughout the day. A huge thank you to Matt for coming down and presenting the medals for us.
Well done and thank you to all of the volunteers for creating an enjoyable and successful event. There were a total of 14 volunteers altogether with job roles such as Timekeepers, starter, runners, results, photographers, raffle, announcer and much more!
All swimmers received at least 1 medal and swam absolutely fantastically. There were PB’s achieved from those that have competed at our galas before and there were some very close and exciting finishes. Well done to all swimmers who competed, and spectators for making it a great atmosphere.
“These galas are a brilliant event for all abilities. Great fun for everybody!”
“Fun and confidence boosting!”
“Great fun and very well organised. Thank you.”
“Great for young disabled people to swim, compete and enjoy.”
“Really Enjoyable day.”
“It was brilliant, inclusive and supportive- Lucas loved it loads!”
“Lovely friendly atmosphere.”
National Swimming Championships- 25th March 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.
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!
Click here to view the photos from the event
Results can be found here:
Winchester Development Gala- 27th January 2018
This year the gala was held at King’s School where the staff were very accommodating and helped make the gala the success it was.
Altogether, there were 27 swimmers with some participants travelling over 150 miles to attend the gala. The ages of the swimmers varied from 6 to 28 years old and had the opportunity to swim in all 4 strokes for 10m, 25m or 50m.
Thank you to the Hampshire Masonic Group for their continual support and funding for this event. A special thank you to David Smith who helped organise the day and provided the amazing volunteers we had to help the day run smoothly.
Thank you to the volunteers for their time and hard work, the gala’s would not be possible without it.
A big congratulations to all of our swimmers who all took home a medal, certificate or prize for taking part and being all together fabulous. There were swimmers that achieved PB’s and the atmosphere created by the swimmers and spectators was wonderful.
Photos from the day can be found here
Quotes so far:
“The races with timed starts are a great opportunity for kids with CP to spur each other on to achieve their very best.”
“Fun and Friendly”
“Amazing efforts of all the participants and the fantastic running and helpers of the event.”
“This is the second year we have attended and once again it was a fantastic event, which has become an annual fixture on our calendar. Thank you to all involved.”
Click here for the results: Winchester Results
Manchester Development Gala- 11th November 2017
The gala was held at Manchester Aquatics Centre and was a great success.
We had 21 swimmers enter the gala with some participants travelling from long distances to compete. The swimmers ages varied from 7 years old to 25 years old and they all took part in races in various strokes over 10, 25 and 50 metres.
Thank you to our Paralympic ambassador, Matt Walker MBE, who supported the gala on the day. He chose the raffle tickets and presented the swimmers with their certificates and medals at the end. Matt is also a coach in Manchester and had several of his own swimmers competing at the gala.
The gala would not have been a success if it wasn’t for the amazing volunteers we had. There were 13 volunteers altogether who had various roles such as announcing, starting, timekeeping, marshalling, reception, raffle and more. A huge thank you to all involved with the gala.
Well done to all of our swimmers, they all went home with at least 1 medal. I was told some of the swimmers even got a PB! Fantastic news and they should all be very proud of themselves for such brilliant swims. The venue provided ample spectator space with the balcony and a moveable pool floor to allow it to be fairly shallow.
Well done to everyone for another successful event!
Photos from the day can be found here
“She has loved it, especially meeting others around the pool. Thank you so much.”
“Doing things like this keeps him going and helps his lungs.”
“Awesome, well organised event, full of wonderful talent.”
“Making friends was awesome.”
“The development gala is a great opportunity for swimmers of every ability to race. It’s great fun.”
“This was the nicest most inclusive swimming event and makes the swimmers feel good about themselves.”
“Amazing as always. Super fun.”
Click here for the results: Results- Manchester
Training Camp – 8th October 2017
The training day at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottinham this year was a big success with fantastic feedback from those who took part.
We had 13 swimmers on the day and 6 coaches as part of their CPD. They were trained by 3 brilliant coaches; Matt Walker (Paralympian and Ambassador), Robin Surgeoner (Paralympian) and Jill Stidever (extremely experienced in everything disability swimming!) Thank you to the coaches for delivering such a wonderful event to both the swimmers and the CPD Coaches.
The swimmers completed two sessions in the pool, one hour in the morning and 45 minutes in the afternoon. The sessions were based on stroke development and skill.
Feedback from the swimming participants were:
“An all-round great day.”
“It is great to spend a day with like-minded people who you can relate to on a personal level as well as sport. It is also great to have input from new coaching staff.”
“Really good advice from the coach. It was fun, a good session and a really nice pool.”
“I thought it was really fun in the pool and out. Everybody is nice and friendly, plus it gives you a chance to meet people and train.”
“A lot of genuine love and support from athletes, coaches and youngsters with CP and parents. It was very worthwhile attending even though my son and I are at the very beginning of our journey.”
Swimming and Athletics
The day was supported by Freeths Solicitors who sponsored the event as well as brought three fabulous volunteers to help support on the day. Every swimmer and athlete was rewarded a goody bag which had a Freeths water bottle and pen. A huge thank you to Freeths Solicitors for helping make the day as successful as it was.
As part of the day, the Athletes and Swimmers had a seminar from Colin Palmer who is an experienced Physiotherapist. The seminar was led as a practical session with the swimmers and athletes learning new stretches, training techniques and how to strengthen their core using exercises they can complete at home. Whilst the swimmers and athletes were doing this, Colin talked to the CPD Coaches about why it is beneficial and how best to support them. Thank you Colin for taking the time to deliver a wonderful seminar.
After a jam packed, fun filled day, the ambassadors of CP Sport came and did a very inspirational talk to everyone involved. They spoke about their journey through sport and their advice to all of the young swimmers and athletes in the room. The feedback from the seminar was brilliant so we would like to say thank you for being part of the training day and helping to inspire our upcoming athletes and swimmers.
“Fantastic day, fantastic coaching and fantastic ambassadors. Very inspiring.”
Photos from the Training Camp day can be found here
Worcester Development Gala – 30th September 2017
This was the first of our development galas to be held in Worcester at the Perdiswell Leisure Centre.
We had 16 swimmers enter the gala with some participants travelling from long distances to compete. We had some that travelled at least 200 miles! The swimmers ages varied from 4 years old to 51 years old and they all took part in races in various strokes over 10, 25 and 50 metres.
Kevin O’Connor was there to support the event as our fantastic fundraiser who makes events such as this gala happen. He presented the raffle prizes as well as all of the medals at the end to our wonderful swimmers.
Also in attendance was Andy Wheeler from Disability Sport Worcester who has helped organise the gala and produce the amazing volunteers on the day. We had 15 volunteers altogether who were brilliant and helped make the day run very smoothly.
We had a high success rate at the gala with every swimmer going home with at least one medal to be proud of. They all swam fantastically and the venue really helped. It had lots of parking and great facilities including a great spectator area for all who came to support.
A big thank you to all of the volunteers, Kevin O’Connor and Andy Wheeler
Well done to all of our swimmers!
Click here for the results: Worcester Gala Results
‘A Joyful and inspiring day for the athletes, their families and friends. Thank you so much CP Sport’.
‘Another fantastic CP Sport Event!’
‘A great atmosphere, with swimmers supporting and encouraging each other. Can’t wait to do another one!’
‘Once again Natasha has come away feeling totally inspired and can’t wait for Manchester’
SwimStart – Movement in Water Workshop and Swim session
CP Sport, supported by Hampshire Freemasons ran a Movement in Water Workshop for parents, teachers and physios on Sunday the 11th June. Report and Photos can be found here HMiWW report
South Wales Development Gala – 15th April 2017
We teamed up with Swim Wales to run a Development Gala in Merthyr Tydfil on Saturday 15th April. The event saw 12 young swimmers compete over distances of 10, 25 and 50 metres. Amazingly all 12 swimmers took away medals, which were achieved by coming in the top 3 in each race. All swimmers did fantastic swims and had a great time. For many it was their first try at competitive swimming and we would like to say a huge well done to them all. A big thanks goes out to Huw Griffiths and the team from Swim Wales and all of the other volunteers who gave up their time to make the event happen.
2017 National Swimming Championships
With the support of Nottingham City Council we held our National Swimming Championships for the second time at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham in their fantastic 50m pool.
58 swimmers entered, with ages ranging from 11-33. Swimmers ranged from those who are developing in their swimming pathway to a Paralympian from Rio 2016 and many swimmers who competed in the 2015 CP World Games.
Medals were presented by Jill Stidever MBE and Paralympian Ryan Crouch, and certificates for guest swimmers were presented by Paralympian and CP Sport Trustee Fran Whitaker.
Photographer Richard Harris captured some amazing moments from the day and these photos are available on our Facebook page. We also has physiotherapist Blaithin Hadjisophocleous on poolside providing treatment and advice for the swimmer which was a great success.
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. 20 volunteers in total gave their time to help at the event which is very much appreciated and they all did a wonderful job.
At lunch time we also wished Jill Stidever a happy 80th birthday and thanked Jill for all of her help and support of the CP Sport swimming programme over many years.
Well done to all of the swimmers who gave some amazing performances and lots of PB’s.
Winchester Development Gala – 28th January 2017 – Event Report
St Swithun’s School welcomed us back for our 2017 Development Gala which was hugely popular. 28 swimmers, aged 5-27, took part across 9 events in both heats and finals, in the three hour event. The fantastic swims gave close and exciting races.
Grace Harvey, International CP Swimmer, was in attendance to talk to the swimmers and kindly present all of the medals. We were also joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Eastleigh, Mr and Mrs Scott, who showed great support to all of the swimmers. The spectators and supporters created a brilliant atmosphere and provided some amazing encouragement for everyone taking part.
We would like to thank all of the volunteers who made the event a success on the day by giving up their time and enthusiasm. Also a huge thank you goes out to the Hampshire Masonic Group for their continual funding of this event.
Results can be found here
Photos can be found on our Facebook page here
Manchester Development Gala – 3rd December 2016 – Event Report
For the first time we took our Development Gala to the Manchester Aquatics Centre where it had overwhelming popularity, reaching capacity for entries before the closing date.
The gala took place in the diving pool where the pool floor was raised up to 1m to allow swimmers and supporters to stand when required. The balcony above the diving pool allowed family and friends to support and cheer with a great view.
28 swimmers competed on the day, with the majority being from the North West but a couple travelling from as far as Ipswich. Swimmers were aged between 5-17 and for many it was their first competition.
The races with handicapped finals saw some exciting finishes and lots of personal best times.
Feedback from one parent was:
“Natasha has turned a corner and been on top form ever since. I can’t quite believe how one gala has transformed her from giving up to ambition!!!”
A big thank you goes out to Stalybridge Masonic Lodge for raising the funds to run the event and to all of the wonderful volunteers who gave up their time to make the event happen.
Well done to all of the swimmers who took part!
Results can be found here
Photos can be found on our Facebook page here
Sussex SplashStart– 5th November 2016 – Event Report
The Dolphin Leisure Centre in Haywards Heath hosted our Sussex SplashStart event on the 5th November. 5 families from the local area with swimmers aged from 3-29 years old took part in the fun family session where bonfire themed games were played. The parents were offered teaching points and tips on how to get the most from their swim sessions and all families received an information pack on how to access local inclusive swimming opportunities, including lessons, clubs and recreational sessions. Pauline Draper and Carolyn Heeley attended from the Mid Sussex Marlins, the local disability swimming club, and Zoe Cain, local CP swimmer, helped out and offered demonstrations to the swimmers.
Click here for the event photos on our Facebook page
Swimming & Racerunning Training Camp/Coach Development Day – 30th October 2016 – Event Report
For the first time Cerebral Palsy Sport held a joint swimming and racerunning training camp, alongside a coach development day. The event took place at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham with participants travelling from all over England.
In the pool we had 17 swimmers aged 11-37, and 6 coaches who attended to learn more about cerebral palsy swimming. The swimming sessions were lead by a team of 4 expert coaches, Rebecca Gilbertson, Su Stanbridge, Ryan Crouch and Caroline Warlow. The morning session had a focus on stroke technique and in the afternoon the swimmers got to concentrate on their skills and turns where the coach development participants got to lead some of the activities and work closer with the swimmers.
The track was filled with 15 racerunners over the course of the day aged 6-21, and 3 coaches excited to learn more about racerunning. The morning saw a technical session in the indoor facility before taking to the outdoor track in the afternoon to focus on longer distances. Both sessions were led by Craig Carscadden, representing CPISRA, and Graham Felton. We were also able to give new athletes the opportunity to try racerunning for the first time in both our morning and afternoon sessions.
Between the practical sessions all participants attended communication and nutrition seminars lead by Fran Wilson (MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition and England Cricketer) where they picked up lots of new tips and ideas to help them train and perform to the best of their potential.
Thank you to all of the wonderful coaches, experts and volunteers who were vital to making the event happen. Also a special thank you to Freeths Solicitors for their support of the event and also to Speedo for their contribution of the goody bags.
Keep an eye on our events page for future training camps.
Nottingham Development Gala – 8th October 2016
Harvey Hadden Sports Village welcomed us back for a second year to host our 2016 Nottingham Development Gala in partnership with Nottingham City Council.
This year’s event saw 33 entries, many swimmers from Nottinghamshire and also swimmers travelling from as far as the North East, Oxfordshire and London. The swimmers, aged 6-24, took part in races in various strokes over 10, 25 and 50 metres and there were some very close finishes.
Councillor Dave Trimble was in attendance to support the event as well as CP Sport board member Paul Bowman. We also has special guests – Paralympian Matt Walker MBE and international CP swimmer Ben Foulston at the event, both did a short question and answer session between the heats and finals.
Councillor Trimble following the event said – “It was a pleasure to attend such an inspiring event delivered by Cerebral Palsy Sport and to see so many great swims, smiling faces and proud parents. Nottingham City Council are delighted to host this type of disability sport event in the fantastic facilities at Harvey Hadden Sports Village and we look forward to working with Cerebral Palsy Sport on future events.”
The raffle raised a fantastic £102 which will help to run further events like this.
Well done to all of the swimmers who took part and a big thank you goes out to all of the wonderful volunteers and officials who gave up their time to make the event happen.
Durham SplashStart– 17th July 2016
On the 17th July 2016 we ran our fun family SplashStart swim session at Spennymoor Leisure Centre. The session was delivered in partnership with County Durham Sport and Durham County Council. Our National Swimming Development Officer was in the pool offering advice and tips to the families and Jo Barber from North East Disability Swimming Club was also on hand to talk to the swimmers and families about how to get into competitive swimming.
17 families attended the session, with a total of 43 people in the pool for the one hour session. Swimmers with a full range of disabilities took part with an age range of 3-22 along with their parents and siblings. Swimmers enjoyed playing with the toys and in the waves and some even braved the big slide.
All swimmers received a certificate as well as a pack with information of all of the different disability swimming opportunities in the area, how to access them and contact details for each. Additional information included upcoming CP Sport events and ASA Disability Swimmer Tracker forms.
Sheffield Development Gala – 26th June 2016
The Sheffield development gala was fantastic success with 24 swimmers aged 5-34, some travelling from as far as Sunderland and Peterborough to take part. Swimmers competed across 10 events ranging from ten to fifty metres in a range of strokes, for many it was their first time competing. Swimmers entered a maximum of three events and all took part in handicapped finals, this resulted in some exiting racing as swimmers were closely matched with one another.
Matt Walker MBE our Sporting Ambassador and Ellie Simpson our new Young Ambassador were in attendance to present the medals, they also did a question and answer session with all of the swimmers.
One of the swimmer’s parents said that their child enjoyed the event so much that they couldn’t wait for the next event.
Of course the gala would not have happened without the fifteen wonderful volunteers that gave up their time to help run the event and a big thank you goes out to them for making it the enjoyable success that it was. Parents also contributed to the success by generating a roaring atmosphere that cheered on the swimmers to swim their absolute best.
National Swimming Championships 2016
Sunday 3rd April 2016 saw our National Swimming Championships take place at Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham. The event was held long course for the first time giving swimmers the opportunity to compete over the full 50m.
53 swimmers, aged 12-52, competed in up to 5 events each throughout the day which saw 20 events all together – 50m and 100m in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley, with separate events for male and females.
Matt Walker MBE, CP Sport Ambassador, kindly presented the medals for the morning session, and Bill Crichton, Vice Chair of CP Sport, presented the afternoon’s medals and also the two trophies. You can see all of the results from the day by clicking here.
The Swimmer of the Year Trophy was presented to Grace Harvey. Grace holds the Long Course British Records in 50 back, 200 back, 200 fly and 200IM, as well as short course British Records in 800 free, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 IM. Grace also represented England in the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games where she won Gold in the 50m fly and she will be competing for a spot in Rio this year.
The Andrew Stubbs Trophy was presented to Ryan Crouch. Ryan stopped swimming at the end of 2014 due to illness, but has since made a magnificent comeback winning double gold at the CP World Games in August, breaking his own short course British Record in the 100 free in November and two golds and two silvers at Nationals in December.
Epic Action Imagery shot photographs of the event which are now available to purchase from their website, by clicking here (password: nottingham). Swimmers were also joined by British Paralympic Association Physiotherapists who were on poolside throughout the event to offer free pre and post-race treatments to any swimmer wishing to use the service.
Special thanks goes to 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, and Mary Butler for her technical assistance, without which the event could not have run to ASA licence standards. 25 volunteers in total gave their time to help at the event which is very much appreciated and they all did a wonderful job.
2015 Results and Reports:
Development Gala – Nottingham (December 2015)
Working closely with Nottingham City Council the Nottingham Development Gala took place on the afternoon of Saturday December 5th 2015 at Harvey Hadden Sports Village.
16 swimmers, aged between 8 and 18, took part in races that were over 10m, 25m or 50m using a variety of strokes. The top three swimmers in each race took away medals and all swimmers received a certificate.
The gala welcomed three International swimmers as VIP’s – Ben Rees, Ben Foulston and Emily Anthony who have all recently competed for their country at International events. Ben, Ben and Emily spent the afternoon talking to the swimmers and parents and took part in a question and answer session where the participants could find out what it takes to become an international swimmer. The VIP’s rounded up the day by presenting all of the medals.
A coach from the local disability hub club, Nova Centurion, attended the event and at least one of the swimmers who was not already training with a disability club is now looking to join the Nottingham based squad.
Lots of positive feedback was given and Nottingham City Council are looking to make the event an annual fixture in their calendar.
Haywards Heath Development Gala, 13 June 2015 – click here for results
2014 Results and Reports:
Newport Swimstart Development Day, 16 August 2014 – please click here for report
Ibstock Swimming Gala, 2 February 2014 – please click here for results
Winchester Swimming Gala, 25 November 2013 – please click here for results
Leek Swimming Gala, 17 November 2013 – please click here for results
Hayward Heath Swimming Gala, 21 September 2013 – please click here for results
Normanton Swimming Gala, 30 June 2013 – please click here for results
CP Sport National Swimming Championships, 24 March 2013 – please click here for results