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Danish RaceRunning Pioneers Mansoor Siddiqi and Connie Hansen were last week rewarded with The Minister for Culture’s Parasport Prize 2017 (Kulturministerens Parasportspris) in recognition of their great effort inventing and promoting RaceRunning nationally and abroad. Siddiqi and Hansen are both looking forward to continuing this effort.
2017 will be a memorable year in the history of RaceRunning. Only a few months after a record breaking huge RaceRunning WC in Copenhagen the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that RaceRunning per 1st of January 2018 would be recognized as a World Para Athletics discipline. For the very first time RaceRunning will be an official medal discipline at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin this summer.
And last week as the Danish Sports Year 2017 was being celebrated in Herning and on Danish National Television the two RaceRunning Pioneers Mansoor Siddiqi and Connie Hansen were awarded the prestigious prize The Minister for Culture’s Parasport Prize 2017:
- It was a fantastic evening in Herning and we have received so many positive reactions and congratulations since then, Connie Hansen says.
Watch Connie and Mansoor receiving their award by clicking on the following link. Its a must watch video!Receiving Award
A Milestone for RaceRunning
Connie Hansen and Mansoor Siddiqi are both former elite athletes who have won several Paralympic medals and enjoyed many great moments in sports. Nevertheless, 2017 has been something special for both of them:
- RaceRunning has become our lifework. 26 years ago when we invented RaceRunning I had absolutely no imagination what was laying in front of us. I am not even sure that I would have chosen this path. It has been a struggle, an Odyssey, but this Parasport Prize really tells us that we have reached a milestone, Connie Hansen says.
- It has been a very important year for RaceRunning. Many new countries are adapting the sport and in countries like Sweden and Holland the sport of RaceRunning is growing at a rapid speed. The future looks bright and in 2018 this development is only going to continue. I hope that RaceRunning will be a part of the Paralympic programme in 2028 – if not earlier, Mansoor Siddiqi says.
100.000 Danish kroner donated to RaceRunning for children and youngsters
Connie Hansen and Mansoor Siddiqi were nominated for the Minister for Culture’s Parasport Prize by Handicapidrættens Videnscenter (Danish Disability Sport Information Centre) and Spastikerforeningen (Organisation for the Spastics). The two other nominees were the Para taekwondo World Champion Lisa Kjær Gjessing and the leader of Dansk Døve-Idrætsforbunds (Danish Deaf Sports Federation) Joachim Thor Krøyer.
The prestigious prize comes with 100.000 Danish kroner (approximately 13.400 €). Mansoor Siddiqi and Connie Hansen are going to spend the money promoting RaceRunning among children and youngsters:
- We are very determined that the prize money should benefit our young athletes. We need even more children and youngster to become parasport athletes and choose and active lifestyle, Mansoor Siddiqi says.
In July the RaceRunning Camp & Cup will once again take place in Copenhagen and in August the world’s best RaceRunning athletes will be participating in the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin.
Photo (left to right):
Mansoor Siddiqi, Danish Minister for Culture Mette Bock and Connie Hansen.
25/10/17 : IPC publishes article on World Para Athletics' introduction of RaceRunning. The story is on the front page of Paralympic.org: https://www.paralympic.org/news/racerunning-events-be-included-world-para-athletics-programme
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced today that RaceRunning is to be introduced as a World Para Athletics event. This is fabulous and very exciting news. Over the coming weeks CPISRA will provide further information but first we wanted to let you know the great news.
Below is copy of the announcement by Ryan Montogomery, IPC Summer Sports Director and also below is a link to the World Para Athletics:RACERUNNING paper jointly released by World Para Athletics and CPISRA.
"Dear NPC President, Secretary General & National Athletics Federations,
As part of the IPC and World Para Athletics commitment to developing para athletics opportunities for athletes with high support needs we are pleased to inform you of the latest developments with regards to the integration of RaceRunning into World Para Athletics.
World Para Athletics and CPISRA have been in discussions for some time about increasing the participation of athletes with High Support Needs in World Para Athletics track events. The basis of this discussion was to allow for the recognition of RaceRunning within the para athletics programme to occupy the current T31 and T32 classes, classes which over the course of the last years have had no representation or participation in para athletics.
World Para Athletics believe this development addresses our strategic agenda of providing athletes with high support needs further opportunity and enhances World Para Athletics diversity and inclusion in line with the objectives of the Paralympic Movement.
You will find attached a detailed introduction to RaceRunning and its future within the family of both World Para Athletics and CPISRA.
I kindly ask you to circulate this information to the relevant national bodies within your community ...................................
RaceRunning Committee Updates
For those countries currently active in RaceRunning please find listed below the Committee member responsible for liaising with you. This person will be your key contact and also the member responsible for Committee communication to your country. All other countries please contact Craig Carscadden.
Ana Ceclia Frazao – Brazil, USA, Mexico
Craig Carscadden - England, Ireland, Wales
Cristina Marques – Portugal, Spain
Mansoor Siddiqi – Denmark, Singapore, Russia, Faroe Islands, Lithuania
Peter Drysdale – Scotland, Netherlands, Australia
Vicki Skure-Eriksson – Sweden, Hungary, Finland, Norway
International RaceRunning Website Results, Rankings & World Records. Provided by Denmark : RaceRunning founder and CPISRA member.
A description of each international class follows;
Classification RR1 – severe involvement of LL (legs) and trunk, (significant spasticity) gross patterns of movement only, difficulty in isolating individual joint movements, ineffective leg propulsion, foot drag, severe asymmetry, poor co-ordination, poor trunk control and upper limb involvement, limited hand function requiring hand placement aids, startle reflex.
Classification RR2 – moderate involvement of LL (legs) and trunk (less spasticity), asymmetry but more effective pushing pattern than RR1, may also need gloves to keep hands on handlebars, min or no foot drag, poor co-ordination but can alternate leg movement but limited stride effectiveness, moderate trunk control.
Classification RR3 – mild to moderate involvement of one or both UL, fair to good trunk control, moderate involvement of LL (legs), symmetrical or slight asymmetrical movement of LL (legs), with alternate leg movement and good push off, no startle reflex ie effective start, good acceleration with adequate steering and braking, will not require hand strapping, reduced range of movement at hip and knee joints may limit stride length. Some athletes with Athetosis may demonstrate a smoother movement as their speed increases.
UL refers Upper Limb
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