Women’s Sport Week is 3-9 October 2016 and celebrates women’s sport at every level, from the grassroots to the elite, and highlights the incredible contribution that women make to sport. The overall aim is to get more women and girls physically active and playing sport.
The latest Sport England Active People Survey 10, published this spring, shows that more than 76 per cent of disabled women do not participate in sport of any intensity and of any meaningful duration on a month-to-month basis.
Women’s Sport Week is an opportunity for everybody involved with playing, delivering, leading or working in sport to celebrate, raise awareness and increase the profile of women’s sport across the UK.
Share your stories and show your support on social media using hashtag #WSW16
In celebration of Women’s Sport Week read about these inspiring Cerebral Palsy athletes:
Ellie Simpson – RaceRunning
Ellie Simpson is 21 years old and was the only female RaceRunner to represent England at the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games. Ellie’s passion for sport wasn’t always there but after attending a Cerebral Palsy Sport athletics series as a club thrower and being introduced to RaceRunning she is now studying a degree in Sport Development and Coaching and uses every opportunity to raise the profile of RaceRunning.
“CP Sport has changed my life and they got me into RaceRunning – a sport that I love and couldn’t imagine my life without. I can’t wait to show other young people with Cerebral Palsy & physical disabilities all about CP Sport & how they can get involved in all of the sports, events and opportunities!”
Katie Toft – Cycling
Katie is a 23 year old with mild Quadriplegic CP who first experienced cycling 3 years ago.
Whilst at university Katie wanted to do something that would help her de – stress and take her mind of her studies, this is where she found cycling.
Katie began riding at Stockport CP Wheelers where she met Coach Paul Becket who encouraged her to start riding regularly. Katie fell in love with the sport, and although not the best at the time, Katie continued to work hard and was encouraged by the clubs’ coaches. After a couple of months Katie began to improve and was soon beating the ‘best guy’ at the clubs.
To continue to develop herself Katie then approached local club Mossley CRT who she continues to ride for still.
Katie’s love for cycling as well as her talent continued to grow and she was soon introduced to the velodrome and British Cycling. 3 years later Katie is a Paracycling champion and currently leading this year Paracycling series.
Katie’s dream was to make the Paralympics and be out in Rio this September but Katie narrowly missed out on a place in the team and instead in September she will be starting her Post Grad Certificate in Teaching at Sheffield Hallam.
Katie’s message to anyone with Cerebral Palsy is ‘don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do something’ if you want to try cycling do it! Find a club that are open to anything once you start riding you will find it easier than walking!
For more information on cycling opportunities please visit https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/disabilityhubs?c=EN
For CP Sport enquiries contact info@CPSport.org