Event Reports

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!

National Athletics Championships – Doncaster 21 September 2019

3 RaceRunning World Records have been ratified from this year’s Championships; Rafi Solaiman (GB) in the RR3 Senior Men’s 400m, Colin van Tricht (NED) in the RR2 U16 100m and 800m – it was fantastic to see them in action in brilliant sunshine and in a packed programme of Track and Field. We were pleased to welcome a number of new athletes to the event and great to see so many familiar faces in action and we were very luck to have Graeme Ballard (Paralympian and CP Sport Ambassador) and Lynne Wardle (CP Sport Trustee) present the medals and enjoy the event. Doncaster AC were brilliant hosts and, as always, we must take this opportunity to thank our amazing officials and volunteers who make all of this possible.

Please click HERE to see all the Nationals photos on our Facebook page

Athletics Series 4 – Derby 10 August 2019

The final event of the CP Sport Athletics Series was held in Derby on Saturday and despite the challenging and very windy conditions we saw some great competition in both the field and track events. It was fantastic to watch Ellie Simpson in action as newly confirmed 200m RR3 World Record Holder and to see other athletes on the track trying out new distances. It was also good to see more great results in the field events despite the conditions and also to see some new younger athletes taking part. We could not run these events without our exceptional officials and volunteers and cannot thank them enough for all the support they offer. Finally we would like to thank our hosts Derby Athletics Club and Derby City Council for working so well with us and supporting us to deliver a well organised event.

Photographs by Nick Stevens can be found here

Our next event is our National Championships in Doncaster on 21 September 2019. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Athletics Series 3 – York 15 June 2019

Last Saturday we were in York for the third event in our Athletics Series. It was our biggest entry so far this season and the sun was shining after a week of bad weather. It was great to see so many races on the track with a full list of competitors, both in Ambulant and RaceRunning events. The field programme saw the largest range of events this season so far. The support from family and friends for all the competitors was fantastic and provided a great atmosphere for the event. The day finished with 2 World Records being set in RaceRunning; Rafi Solaiman set a new world record for the RR3 200m (Senior) of 35.99 sec and Thomas Talbot established a new world record for the RR2 1500m (U16) of 7.15.34 As always the officials were professional and friendly in their managing of the programme and the provision of their expertise. We would like to take the opportunity to thank them, our volunteers from the local Freemasons chapter and volunteers from York City Athletics Club. We could not run these events without their support. Our last event of the series is in Derby at Moorways Stadium on Saturday 10 August – there is still time to enter, and we will be finishing off the season with our National Championships in Doncaster on Saturday 21 September. We look forward to seeing you there.

Athletics Series 2 – Stoke Mandeville 11 May 2019

On Saturday we held our second Athletics Series event at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium and welcomed 30 athletes and their supporters to the event. We were lucky with mostly sunshine on the day which helped many athletes achieve either season’s bests or PBs – well done to all. We were pleased to welcome a number of new athletes to the meet in RaceRunning, Ambulant Running and Seated Throws, it was great to see them competing with us for the first time. It was a fantastic day and we would like to thank all the athletes for competing so well and their families and supporters for looking after them so well. We could not run these events without the expertise and hard work of our officials and volunteers – Thank You. We look forward to seeing everyone at our 3rd event in York on 15 June 2019.

Athletics Series 1 – St. Albans 13 April 2019

Our first event of the season was held at a new venue for the Athletics Series – Abbey View Golf and Track Facility in St. Albans. Despite the cold weather, including hailstones, there was some great competition both in track and field. In particular the ambulant sprints were extremely competitive. A big thank you to our officials, our volunteers from the local area and the University of Hertfordshire and to the Abbey View facility for hosting and getting the Athletics Series 2019 off to a great start.