CPISRA’s history begins with the founding of the International Cerebral Palsy Society (ICPS) in 1969. Part of the ICPS was a sports and leisure group who organised the first Cerebral Palsy games in London in 1972. Two more International CP Games were held, in 1974 and 1976, before they were held in Edinburgh at 1978 and it was announced that the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA) had been formed and would become seperate to the ICPS.
In 1982, the CPISRA World Games were held in Denmark and the first World Championships of CP Football was included in the event. Boccia had already began to be developed by CPISRA, and in 1984 both sports made their premiere at the Paralympic Games in New York. The development of these sports continued under CPISRA, increasing opportunity and facilitating competition pathways, until Boccia became independent with BISFed in 2013, and CP Football with IFCPF in 2015.
The CPISRA World Games continued to be developed and held in Europe and the USA every 4 years until 2005. In 2015, after a 10 year break, the CPISRA World Games were reignited and in 2018 600 participants from 30 countries gathered in Spain for the broadest schedule to date – showcasing World Class competition in elite para sport, as well as development sport camps and competitions.
An important aspect of CPISRA has always been the development of adaptive sports. 1991 marks the inception of RaceRunning in Denmark, and in 2001 it became an official CPISRA development sport. RaceRunning debuted at the IWAS World Games in 2011 and at the World Para Athletics European Championships in 2018. In 2019, it will premier at the WPA World Championships in Berlin and is on it’s way to becoming a Paralympic athletics event.
CPISRA continues to evolve and develop as with the World of disability sport in general. We learn from the past, and look forward to the bright future.