Welcome to our new Website
Phase One of the redevelopment of this website.
What We Do
You are reading this article on our new website which is currently in the first phase of development. The website is a crucial component in CPISRA implementing its new strategy and we hope it will become the centre of CPISRA communication and exchange of information.
The new website has the following objectives:
- To be an initial source of information for individuals and organisations to discover suitable sports and recreation.
- To assist CPISRA and its members promote, engage and communicate their activity.
- To help attract and inspire increased participation in sport and recreation.
- To help increase the profile of CP international athletes
- To be an information exchange hub for the international CP community involved in sport and recreation.
We are very excited at the potential of the new website and its associated social media to engage with the CP Community and we hope you will be part of the engagement.
RaceRunning was the opening feature at the International Conference on Cerebral Palsy and other onset Disabilities, Stockholm. Over 1200 attendees were seated in auditorium for the opening plus others in other locations. After the showing of a RaceRunning video produced for the event, young RaceRunners from Sweden come on to the stage on their running bikes to huge applause. A wonderful and uplifting experience for the individual RaceRunners and great opportunity to introduce RaceRunning to health professionals across the world. Please see below link to the film, as well as photos.
The conference was a joint meeting of coming 5th International Conference of Cerebral Palsy (ICPC), 28th Annual Meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) and1st Biennial Meeting of the International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability (IAACD).
From varies people we have heard the opening ceremony was a huge success! In addition, there were RaceRunning workshops and a stand. On the Thursday morning, the first exhibition day, the RaceRunning stand was crammed with people from all over the world. Everyone talked about the opening ceremony and wanted to know more about RR. People also kept coming to the stand the following days as well.
On the Saturday morning there was RaceRunning workshop which included in the program international RR1 RaceRunning athlete, Henrik Eriksson . Henrik explained how much RaceRunning means to him as being the only way for him to get really sweaty and get a pulse, but also the social benefit of getting friends all around Sweden and the rest of the world. Liz Bryant, PhD from the UK talked about the benefits and development they've seen in children with severe disabilities after 12 weeks of RaceRunning-training. Increase of bone mass is one significant and important result. Petra van Schie, PhD from the Netherlands talked about her studies on heart-rate for children doing RaceRunning. Lars Björk, PhD from Sweden talked about the development in Sweden and the importance of correct individual adjustment.
This year at the 20th anniversary for the International RaceRunning Camp and Cup, Mansoor Siddiqi was awarded a CPISRA Globe in recognition of his contribution to RaceRunning. Since jointly founding RaceRunning with Connie Hansen 25 years ago, Mansoor’s continuous drive, effort and commitment has led and inspired the development of RaceRunning not only in Denmark but across the World. It was most appropriate that Mansoor was presented with the CPISRA Globe at the International Camp & Cup. The annual event, lead by Mansoor, continues each year to significantly further the international development of RaceRunning. Mansoor is always the first one to acknowledge his fantastic team of organisers, parents and volunteers that each year work hard to put together a camp that goes for a week with 2 days of competition. That team are also first to acknowledge it is Mansoor’s dedication and leadership that makes it happen.
In awarding the CPISRA Globe, CPISRA recognise and thank Mansoor for his contribution to RaceRunning and continuing to enable opportunity for severely disabled athletes to participate in Sport and Recreation. Congratulations Mansoor.
CPISRA and Member News
Update on RaceRunning Netherlands
RaceRunning Netherlands are having a very busy and successful time.
On September 18th, 13 racerunners were present at the mini Dam to Dam run (600 meters), which was fantastic! On September 21st, Arnoud Edelman Bos and Petra van Schie delivered a workshop in Bergen op Zoom for children, adolescents, adults, and professionals. And on September 24th the first Dutch Cup will take place in Rotterdam with a clinic also in the morning. 13 athletes have registered so far for the Cup with more expected.
RaceRunning in the Netherlands has really got going in the last 12 months and is now booming! - there are already 8 athletic or sport clubs who have RaceRunning groups (some training twice a week) with more in the pipeline. There are also a number of schools and rehabilitation centers where there are racerunners present.
For more information please go to links below, there are some great videos!
website : www.racerunner.nl
facebook : http://www.facebook.com/deracerunner/
7 RaceRunners participated in Parallel London 2016 held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the venue of the 2012 Paralympics. It was a fantastic inclusive event, catering for all ages and abilities. It was particularly great to see so many young disabled children either participating or enjoying the festival. Events were 100m, 1km, 5km and 10km. Well done to all the RaceRunners, who completed either 5km or 10km.
This July, the annual International RaceRunning Camp and Cup in Denmark reached a remarkable achievement of celebrating their 20th Anniversary. The 20th Anniversary of the International RaceRunning Camp and Cup included hosting of the 3rd CPISRA Open European Championship with over 80 athletes from 11 countries competing.
The Camp and Cup has achieved impressive growth in recent years with 8 new countries attending at least once in the last 4 years. With the Camp and Cup being a wonderful opportunity to introduce new athletes and new countries to the world of RaceRunning, this growth is expected to continue in the future. The Camp and Cup gives participants a chance to train and then compete against athletes who have the same classification as them which for some is their first opportunity to experience this. What is just as impressive as the growth that the International RaceRunning Camp and Cup has established, is the social aspect that they create so well. Athletes get to train with other athletes from different countries, do activities with each other and form friendships that will last due to a shared love of RaceRunning. For many of the participants the International RaceRunning Camp and Cup is one of the highlights of their year and is something they look forward to each year with great excitement. With the dedication and commitment of the organisers and the wonderful volunteers of the International RaceRunning Camp and Cup there will be many more years of success and growth beyond the 20th Anniversary year. Congratulations to all involved, both past and present, in achieving their 20th Anniversary.
Scotland’s first RaceRunning Course for coaches was recently held at Emirates Arena.
The course was fully booked with 15 people attending from across Scotland.
It was delivered by RaceRunning Scotland in partnership with Scottish Disability Sport, Scottish Athletics and Glasgow Life.
RaceRunning featured as the final session at the APCP (Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists) Annual Conference. The session included presentations by two of Scotland’s young CP athletes both of whom are RaceRunning World Champions.
First Gavin Drysdale (pictured) opened the session by using his communication device, presentation slides and video to tell the packed hall how RaceRunning has changed his life over a period of 7 years since he started at 7 years old.
Then Hannah Dines told how she started RaceRunning as a university student only a couple of years ago, and the significance and joy in finding that there was a sport that she could compete in and derive the health and well being benefits that regular exercise brings.
Next Dr. Liz Bryant (Chailey Heritage Clinical Services) presented the results from her pilot study looking at the effect of a 12 week running bike intervention on the gross motor function, bone health and quality of life in non-ambulant children with cerebral palsy which even over such a short time showed encouraging results.
And finally, physiotherapist Gabriela Todd shared her journey of setting up the first RaceRunning club in Wales (Cardiff).
All speakers and the whole session was extremely well received, with Gavin and Hannah receiving the limelight attention. There was significant interest and some of the physiotherapist’s present have since been actively promoting Running Bikes in their areas.
The 2015 International RaceRunning Camp and Cup was held in Copenhagen, Denmark in July. This wonderful event was once again a big success and enjoyed by all who attended. It is an annual event held each year in July in Copenhagen and is the RaceRunning international foundation for introducing new countries and new athletes to RaceRunning, as well as an excellent week for enhancing and evolving the international RaceRunning community.
Participation in the Camp and Cup continues to increase year on year, reflecting the exciting international growth in RaceRunning participation. Over the last 3 years, 7 new countries have competed in the event for the first time. Lithuania and Mexico were the new countries welcomed this year, USA and Hungary in 2014 and Russia, Tunisia and Netherlands in 2013. Over the last 3 years 16 countries have competed, with an average of 11 countries each year. Countries that have competed include Brazil, Denmark, England, Faroe Islands, Hungary, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia and USA.
Another impressive statistic is that 122 athletes from 16 countries have been internationally classified at the event over the last 5 years. This year 65 athletes competed and 38 were classified, a number of whom were internationally classified for the first time.
If you are an athlete or a country who would like to begin or further develop RaceRunning, then I highly recommend this camp to you. I would also suggest you read my article following last year’s camp as it provides more insight into the week.
Next year will be the 20th anniversary of the Camp and Cup and it will be an extra special week to celebrate the anniversary. I hope, whether new to RaceRunning or experienced, I will see you there.
CP Sport have a new and exciting Training Camp coming up in October. The Training Camp will bring together athletes and swimmers with the aim of helping them to reach their sporting potential with the help of specialist coaches and focus on some of the principles of training.
What is the Training Camp?
This is a new bespoke training opportunity with both practical and theory elements, to include two sport science workshops, and two practical sessions lead by experienced CP coaches.
Who is the Training Camp for?
- This training camp is for athletes and swimmers, with the practical sessions being sport specific and all participants coming together for the theory and lunch/networking sessions.
- Any athlete or swimmer who is aged 9 or above and is a member of a club or in regular training can take part.
How much does the Training Camp cost?
- Full Members – £25
- Non Members - £30
- Early bird offer of £20 for any registrations received by the 29th August 2016
Places are first come first served when registrations are received with payment. Limited spaces are available.
Location and time
- Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham
- The event poster and registration forms are attached.
- Please send athletics registrations to Rachel Ward –firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please send swimming registrations to Sarah Liveseylivesey@cpsport.org
- Or postal registrations to the address below.
- Closing date for registrations is Friday 14th October 2016 (early bird price end date is 29th August).
For more information please see -
We are also offering a Coach Development Day alongside the Training Camp for any coaches wishing to increase their knowledge around CP athletics or swimming. For more information on the Coach Development Day please see - http://www.cpsport.org/events/coach-development-day-athleticsswimming/
This year the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association is supporting World Heart Day which aims to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and to educate people on the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle.
Held each year on 29th September, World Heart Day is organised by the World Heart Federation and is supported by UEFA. Working together with the European football family, we can all make a significant contribution to reducing premature mortality and disability caused by CVD.
The campaign theme for World Heart Day 2016 is: Power Your Life. Your heart is the body’s engine room and powers your whole body – that’s why it is so important to look after it. If you don’t look after your heart you are putting yourself at risk of CVD, which includes heart disease and stroke, and accounts for over 17 million premature deaths each year.
The good news is that CVD can be prevented by making a few simple daily changes, such as eating and drinking more healthily, taking more exercise and stopping smoking. By addressing these risk factors most premature deaths caused by CVD can be prevented.
We want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to live a longer, better, heart-healthy life. Together with World Heart Federation and UEFA, we are asking individuals and organisations, to consider making the following changes so you can Power Your Life:
Fuel Your Heart: to adopt a healthier diet that is lower in fat, salt and sugar and to moderate your intake of alcohol over the course of the week
Move Your Heart: to maintain an active lifestyle, aiming for at least 30 minutes of physical activity five times per week – playing football is only one way to achieve this!
Love Your Heart: for individuals to seek professional support in attempting to quit smoking and for organisations to maintain a Smokefree environment.
How you can help:
- Share your heart selfie: Join the cause to get everyone to take control of their heart health and power their lives by taking a Healthy Heart Selfie and sharing it on social media using the hashtag #WorldHeartDay.
- Take the Heart IQ test: Heart IQ is a short online quiz that asks you 8 questions about heart health and gives you a score based on how much you know. At the end of the quiz you can either share your score or a Healthy Heart Selfie. Take the test at: http://worldheartday.org/
To find out more about World Heart Day please visit the website: http://worldheartday.org/
Hashtag: #WorldHeartDay + #PowerYourLife
Montreal, 27 September 2016
As you know, since 13 September 2016, the cyber espionage group “Fancy Bear” has been releasing batches of confidential athlete data on their website, which they illegally obtained from a Rio 2016 Olympic Games account of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS). Specifically, they are releasing data related to Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) delivered by Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) – International Federations (IFs), National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs), and Major Event Organizers (MEOs).
This situation has led to a lot of media coverage; and, unfortunately, a tremendous amount of misinformation as it relates to TUEs. It is very unfortunate that athletes’ TUEs are being debated publically on the basis of partial, confidential, medical information. Athletes should not be required to publically justify their TUEs.
This FAQ has been designed to address the misinformation and uphold the rights of clean athletes as embodied within the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE).
The TUE program is a rigorous and necessary part of elite sport; which has overwhelming acceptance from athletes, physicians and all anti-doping stakeholders worldwide.
World Anti-Doping Agency
Further to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) communication of 13 July 2016, indicating 2017 Standing Committee vacancies, the Agency wishes to remind stakeholders that the due date to receive nominations is 7 October 2016.
WADA is seeking nominations for candidates to sit on its four standing committees in 2017, in accordance with its policy for committee composition and rotation. Positions become vacant each year and WADA is inviting stakeholders to look within their respective regions and organizations to put forward suitable candidates.
Following are the Committee vacancies:
- Athlete Committee – six (6) terms* (N.B. one vacancy is a result of a resignation. The term of the vacant seat ends on 31 December 2017)
- Education Committee – four (4) terms
- Finance and Administration Committee – two (2) terms
- Health, Medical and Research Committee – five (5) terms
The current composition of the Committees can be found on WADA’s website.
Submissions should include an appropriate letter of endorsement and a curriculum vitae providing full information on the candidate’s experience and expertise.
Please forward all nominations to Ms. Marjorie Chinnarassen of WADA’s Executive Office (email email@example.com or fax +1 514 904 8743) by Friday 7 October 2016.
More than six years ago, the idea of a cerebral palsy football team was mostly unheard of in Singapore. These days however, the country has a national team taking the Southeast Asian field by storm. This is mostly thanks to Khairul Anwar and the other pioneer members of Singapore’s CP football team, who spearheaded the movement.
What got you started in CP Football?
My first love is football. One day, it just came into our minds that we wanted to represent Singapore on the field It’s my passion. Singapore Disability Sports Council was the organisation that gave opportunity to be part of the sport.
What is your biggest accomplishment in football?
Playing for my country is a dream come true.
How do you feel when you are on the CP Football field?
I feel free. I feel free from everything. With the ball at my feet, all my stress is gone
Do you have any personal routine that you follow on match day?
Listening to Bob Marley songs & calm myself down.
What would be your ultimate achievement?
Playing abroad hoping to be professional player, moving on as a coach and help the CP football community to have more opportunity and awareness.
What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?
The condition Cerebral Palsy is a blessing in disguise. Everyday life is challenge. MIND OVER MATTER. Believe in myself I can contribute to the society. That’s what keeps me going. The support from family, friends and coaches, makes me who I am today.
What is your diet like?
3 meals a day. Eat your breakfast like a King, Eat your lunch like a prince, Eat your dinner like a beggar. DON’T FORGET MY GREENS AND FRUITS!!
What was the best advice you were ever given?
Keep believing in yourself, keep trying - Coach Zai
Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
A quote by Carlo Ancelotti. “Be better than who you were yesterday.”
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
David Beckham. A very inspirational captain who lead England to World Cup.
Read about a man with cerebral palsy who has found his passion of fencing.
Leo Curtis, a Paralympic fencer living in Oregon, is also featured in the story.
Here is a link to the story, complete with the short video:
REGISTRATION OF CLASS 30s AT THE 5TH EUROPEAN PARA-TAEKWONDO CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HELD IN WARSAW, POLAND ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
It is a great pleasure to let you know that more participation opportunities become available for our athletes - the 5th European Para-Taekwondo Championships will be held in Warsaw, Poland, on September 16, 2016 and is open for CP athletes.
Athletes are encouraged to register at a local Taekwondo club and register at the World Taekwondo Federation Global Membership System (GMS) for a Global Athlete Licence (GAL). Registration can be done through the following link: https://www.hangastar.com/wtf/login.aspx .
Registrations for the competition can be done can be done by contacting:
• ORGANIZING Committee : Poland Taekwondo Federation
• CONTACT PERSON: Mr. Lukasz Latala
• e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org and also email@example.com
Further registration information is available at: http://www.worldtaekwondofederation.net/calendar/
In addition, athletes must have a classification in order to participate. Athletes not yet classified in the P30 class, should have classification screening. Please contact the WTF Para-Taekwondo Department at firstname.lastname@example.org for the classification screening procedure.
For further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Olof Hansson, Head of Para-Taekwondo Department, World Taekwondo Federation at email: email@example.com .
View letter below:
Letter WTF June 2016
CPISRA World Games
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