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
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It is still possible to enter this years International RaceRunning Camp and Cup to be held in July in Denmark. Also for the first time an introduction to RaceRunning Coaching Course will be held. For further information on either the Camp or the Course, please contact Mansoor Siddiqi firstname.lastname@example.org or refer to www.racerunning.org . Click the following for the flyer for the Coaching Course: RaceRunning Coaching Course Flyer
For the preliminary entry, 97 athlete entries have been received from 15 different countries.
The Camp and Cup provide a wonderful opportunity to introduce new athletes and new countries to the world of RaceRunning. 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.
29 April 2018.
An introduction to RaceRunning Coaching workshop will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland on Saturday 29th April 2018. The course will be delivered by RaceRunning Scotland supported by CPISRA member Scottish Disability Sport. Click on the following for the course flyer: RaceRunning Coaching Workshop
This workshop is designed to give participants knowledge of RaceRunning, athlete training and running bikes.
It will help you to identify potential athletes, how to deliver athlete training and understand how to adjust bikes.
The workshop is delivered in a classroom in a practical manner with participants having the chance to see and speak with athletes.
Resources: Hand out on coaching techniques and bike set-up.
Who for: Coaches and volunteers who are interested in/already working with RaceRunning athletes.
For more information and to register your place please contact: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.