81 athletes representing 11 countries gathered at Frederiksberg Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark from 8th to 15th July for the 22nd RaceRunners Camp & Cup. During the first three days, a RaceRunning Camp was held. In these days there is a chance for joint training and knowledge-sharing between the athletes and coaches from the participating nations.
People come all over the world to attend the RaceRunners Camp & Cup. Australia was represented in the Camp & Cup for the first time. 9-year-old Arran Keith from Sydney became the first RaceRunning athlete to compete internationally for Australian. Arran is keen to develop RaceRunning in Australia and we very much hope it does.
For the first time, a training course in RaceRunning was completed with three coaches who all received a lot of skills to take back home to Norway, the Faroe Islands and Mexico. It was a success that will be continued.
A big thanks to Frederiksberg Sports Union and Frederiksberg municipality for always supporting the annual RaceRunning Camp & Cup. This event would not be possible without the amazing volunteers and sponsors.
At the event there were 18 world records set , including 11 age group world records. A full list of the world records set at the RaceRunners Camp & Cup can be found here:
CPISRA last year undertook a valuable research study looking at developing recreational opportunities. Findings showed that if there were more opportunities to introduce individuals to sports and recreation, or gave them different sports and recreation experiences, this would increase participation.
Calvert Trust is based in Keswick, England within the National Park of the Lake District has been chosen as the pilot location to host the first recreational camp for CPISRA.
The Lake District Calvert Trust provides residential outdoor activity courses for people of all ages with physical, sensory, learning, behavioural and/or mental disabilities. Its mission is to challenge disability through outdoor adventure. Pioneering equipment adaptations, and intensive, instructor-led activity programmes (that include climbing, abseiling, canoeing, sailing, horse/trap driving, archery, orienteering and paragliding), provide an environment whose aims are to teach, challenge, motivate, engender confidence in ability, promote independence, and foster integration. All instructors are highly trained and specialist qualified, and the facilities are specially adapted and fully accessible to all. The Lake District Calvert Trust provides a unique and life-changing experience for those with disabilities, who are encouraged to believe that it’s what you CAN do that counts.
Julie and Lauren summed up the intensive introduction weekend at Calvert Trust exceeded both, Julie and Lauren’s expectations for the weekend. For someone like Julie who has CP and had enthralled of the adventure began from childhood was utmost impressed with the facilities. The high calibre of staff and expertise of the Calvert Trust has to offer ensures everyone regardless of the complexity of the disability, Calvert Trust is well placed to cater all groups and sizes. Calvert Trust will give individuals to challenge their disability in the outdoor.
We are seeking interested participants to attend the first CPISRA recreational camp in 2019.
If you would like more information about CPISRA recreational camp in 2019, please contact Julie or Lauren on: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Britt Sorensen, the Danish Marathon RaceRunner speaks to CPISRA. Please click on the following link to read of Britt's amazing marathon achievements. Britt Race Runs the Distance
Four weeks to go!
Until the 2018 CPISRA World Games
The two weeks since the last update have been incredibly busy for the Local Organising Committee in Sant Cugat, as well as the supporting CPISRA staff and volunteers. With the completed entries consolidated and reviewed, the detailed planning for all aspects of the Games is moving at pace. The Local Organising Committee will shortly be releasing the Team Guide to entered teams.
Detail event scheduling is taking shape and very competitive events are emerging. In upcoming countdown emails, we will be highlighting for you particular events to watch during the Games. For example, the athletics 100m T37 male has 15 entries and only a second seperates the 10 highest ranked athletes. Can't wait to watch that event!
Let us know what you are doing at the 2018 CPISRA World Games.
We'd love to hear from you if you're going to Sant Cugat as we continue the countdown to the Games. Are you a coach, athlete or volunteer? Are you taking part in Boccia, Swimming or Wheelchair Slalom? We'd love to hear from you and share your story, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to feature on our facebook page and website.
The Countdown is On!
Six weeks until the 2018 CPISRA World Games
It is only 6 weeks until the opening ceremony of the 2018 CPISRA World Games in Sant Cugat and we are so excited!
After receiving final entries we are looking forward to welcoming 530 participants from 25 countries to Spain. We are delighted the following countries that participated in Nottingham 2015 are once again competing; Austria, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, England, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland and Sweden. In addition there are 15 new countries competing, which is thrilling and highlights the growing importance of the CPISRA World Games. The new countries are; Argentina, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, India, Kenya, Lithuania, Oman, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, UAE and USA.
Its going to be an action packed World Games with competitions being held in CP Football, Wheelchair Slalom, Athletics (including RaceRunning) Swimming and Boccia. In addition to the competitions, we will have sport and camp events, Proud Paralympian Workshops, a Wheelchair Slalom Seminar and the CPISRA General Assembly… phew!
Keep up to date
If you’re unable to make it to Sant Cugat, we’ll be posting regular updates on the Games facebook page and CPISRA website during the games to keep you informed with the best of the action. Keep an eye out for competition highlights, athlete interviews, photos and more.
As we countdown to the Games we will be releasing further information, watch the CPISRA facebook, follow us on Twitter or check out the 2018 CP World Games website.
See you in Sant Cugat!
With the CP World Games 2018 fast approaching, representatives from the CPISRA Executive Committee and the World Games Athletes Committee recently visited Sant Cugat, Spain to review preparations and facilities. Particular emphasis was given to the World Games Athletes Committee reviewing and providing feedback and suggestions from the athletes' perspective. All participating felt the visit had been very positive and excitement is now building towards the Games.
During the visit the City Council of Sant Cugat hosted a press conference to highlight their important partnership with the Local Organising Committee (FECPC) to deliver the CPISRA World Games, but also to seek local volunteers to get involved.
Centre d’Alt Rendiment (CAR) - Athletics, Para Taekwondo & Swimming
CAR which will host Para Athletics, Para Swimming and Para Taekwondo was the first part of the tour. The main goal of the High Performance Sports Centre of Catalonia (CAR) is to support the sport with the highest technical and scientific quality resources. CAR was created in 1992 when the Olympic and Paralympic Games were celebrated in Barcelona.
Multiple Paralympic gold medallist swimmer Richard Oribe and his coach Javier , checked out the 50m Olympic pool and warm-up pool, providing some great tips to the LOC.
Multiple Paralympic gold medallist field athlete Stephen Miller and CPISRA Head of Development Craig Carscadden MBE, completed a review of the athletics track and field areas, noting recent upgrades that have been made and advising the LOC on further details to make the games a success.
GB Para Taekwondo Athlete, Samantha Carrington, was very impressed with the facilities that will host the World Taekwondo Poomsae competition, with everything in place for a great games.
La Guinardera - Boccia & CP Football Training
Rachel Miller, an international Boccia classifer and coach, thought the facilities were great for the Boccia Camp and Competition.
Jaume Tubau Stadium - CP Football Competition
The IFCPF World Cup U19 will be held here, with great facilities for players, officials and spectators.
Rambla del Celler - Female CP Football, Para Table Tennis & Wheelchair Slalom
Rambla del Celler is a sports complex in the city centre of Sant Cugat; formed of three sports pavilions and a gym with a swimming pool.
The three pavilions will host Female CP Football, Para Table Tennis and Wheelchair Slalom as three of the development sports in the world games.
For more information on CP World Games venues go to CP World Games Venues
On the final day the CPISRA Executive Committee and World Games Athletes’ Committee had separate and joint meetings to discuss the site visit and to provide feedback to the LOC on ensuring the games are a great success but also athlete centred. Bringing all of the representatives together, everyone felt that the weekend had been very positive and excitement is now building towards the games
Introduction to Classification
What is classification?
Classification is defined as “grouping athletes into sport classes according to how much their impairment affects fundamental activities in each specific sport and discipline” (November 2015 IPC Athlete Classification Code, art. 2.1).
What is it purpose of classification?
Classification provides a structure for competition. Athletes competing in Para sports have an impairment that leads to a competitive disadvantage. Consequently, a system has to be put in place to minimise the impact of impairments on sport performance and to ensure the success of an athlete is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus. This system is called classification.
Is there one classification system for all sports?
No, each International Sports Federation or Para Sport must have and publish their own classification system. For example, the classification system and classes for swimming will be different for those in athletics, boccia or sailing. This is because each sport is different and, therefore, the effect of the impairment on each sport will be different.
How is it performed?
Will I be classified more than once?
At international level, an athlete will normally receive a confirmed classification after their first competition. The exceptions to this are where athletes may not have reached physical maturity or they are new to the sports and lack technical maturity in the sport.
Athletes who have a progressive condition will never receive a confirmed classification because their condition may change. These athletes may be seen by a classification panel at every international competition or they may be given a fixed review which means they will be seen by a panel at a fixed date in the future e.g. every two years.
If an athlete’s medical condition changes or they have undergone a medical procedure or operation, they can request to be re-classified if they feel their ability to perform in their sport has changed.
How do I get classified?
The best way of getting classified is to approach your national disability sport organisation, your national Paralympic Committee or the national governing body which governs your Para Sport. They will advise you on the best way forward.
I want to be a classifier, how can I become one?
To be a classifier, you need a medical background or have a technical knowledge of the specific sport or sport science. If you have such qualifications and want to get involved you should contact your National Paralympic Committee or National Governing body for the sport you are interested in. If you have any problems finding the appropriate pathway, you contact us at email@example.com.
Where can I find further information?
Further detail on the (complex) matter of classification in the Paralympic Movement is available from the IPC website: https://www.paralympic.org/classification.