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Peter Drysdale Stepping Down as CPISRA President

As many of you will now know, Peter Drysdale announced earlier this week that he would be stepping down as CPISRA President from 1st October. A decision that I know he has struggled with because of his passion for the organisation, its goals, vision and delivery. I know also that many of you will be concerned for him and I want to reassure that his health challenges, whilst chronic, are manageable and should improve.

The CPISRA Executive Committee and staff would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter for his outstanding contribution to CPISRA, the development of RaceRunning and selfless dedication to the global CP community over what has been more than a decade of volunteer service to the organisation.

Throughout his time, Peter has been the catalyst for change. Through his professionalism, drive and vision, CPISRA has been transformed into the organisation we know and love today. In that time, I believe Peter’s most significant achievements as President were:

  • Evolving CPISRA from a mainly adaptive sports developer to a multi- facet organisation delivering programmes across sport, recreation, research and education.
  • The 2018 CPISRA World Games in Sant Cugat.
  • The incorporation of RaceRunning into World Para- Athletics.
  • CPISRA Recreation Camps, the first of which was delivered in September 2019.

I had the pleasure of working with Peter from the very start of his CPISRA journey. In fact, Peter often joked that he regretted meeting me on the flight over from Glasgow to Copenhagen where his then young son was making his first visit to the Danish RaceRunning Cup. Shortly after that visit to Denmark, Peter joined the CPISRA International RaceRunning Committee, and a few years later joined the Executive Committee, before taking over as President in 2016.

Peter’s first introduction to CPISRA may have been RaceRunning and the development of this as an athletics event. However, he saw the bigger picture also and the invaluable role CPISRA could play in developing grass roots adapted sports for those with Cerebral Palsy and the importance that sport and recreation can play in the personal development and wellbeing for this community. Over the last decade Peter’s hard work and dedication helped to put CPISRA back on the map and has benefitted many thousands of people with CP, their family and friends worldwide.

Finally, I would like thank Peter not only for his dedication to CPISRA over his time within the organisation but also for the help and support – and the opportunity – he has given me during that time.

I know that you will all join me in hoping that his health improves in the coming weeks and months, and that the disability sports community sees Peter back involved in some capacity in the future.

Big shoes to fill, but Peter has asked that I step into them to act, alongside my CEO role, as Interim President until the General Assembly in February 2021. I am looking forward to this challenge and to working with and for CPISRA’s membership as we plan for a future beyond this current pandemic.

Craig Carscadden

CEO CPISRA