The 18 strong team of swimmers that have been selected to represent England in the Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games gathered for a team training day at Ponds Forge in Sheffield on the 4th July. The training day is organised ahead of the Games which are being held in Nottingham from the 6th – 16th August.
The team, who travelled from across the country, got the chance to train together under the direction of their coaches; Paralympian and cerebral palsy swimmer Matt Walker, and Jill Stidever who won the 2014 BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award for her work helping disabled children to swim. The swimmers were also measured for their own Team CP England racing suits which are kindly being supplied by Speedo.
Team selection took place earlier this year and swimmers were selected based on their performance at national competitions. Team Manager Caroline Warlow said:
“We are so excited to be working with a team of fantastic young athletes. Being selected to represent England in the Games is a great achievement for them and will be quite an experience for them. This training day is all part of that – giving them a chance to experience what it is like to be part of and train as a national team. We all can’t wait for the Games and we hope our athletes will win some medals in August.”
The Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games will see 13 nations coming together to compete across swimming, athletics, football, and bowls. There will also be demonstration competitions for table cricket and para-taekwondo. The international sporting event is being held at the newly developed Harvey Hadden Sports Complex with the opening ceremony taking place on the 9th August and the closing ceremony on the 15th August. Tickets will be available to buy in July: https://www.cpsport.org/nottingham-2015-world-games/tickets/