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The winners

The first group of awards were nominated by the public and we had an incredible 50 nominations in total with the three finalists selected by the awards panel. Finalists in the remaining categories were selected by the awards panel. The panel then voted on the winner for each category.

The Sporting Achievement of the Year

Recognising the outstanding commitment individuals make to participating in their sport. It honours their hard work in training, competition and their achievements.

Volunteer of
the Year

This Award was judged on the commitment a volunteer shows to their role, one that goes the extra mile and excels in their volunteering. Volunteering looked very different in 2020 but the support given by volunteers was as important as ever.

Coach of
the Year

Recognising the outstanding commitment to developing and mentoring the people in their care and demonstrating a passion for improving the lives of people with cerebral palsy through sport. Many coaches have continued successfully to support their athletes remotely in 2020 despite all the challenges.

Jordan Crookes
Sarah Griffiths
Lorraine Campbell

Jordan Crookes

Sarah Griffiths

Lorraine Campbell

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Jordan has cp and is committed to helping others and raising awareness of cp. In 2020 he took on the challenge of running the London Marathon to raise money for CP Sport. Alongside working full time, Jordan trained 5 days a week from February to October after the marathon was delayed from the original date in April and became a virtual event in October. Jordan achieved his target of completing the marathon in under 5 hours.

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Sarah set up Summertown Warriors, a football team for children with cp and other disabilities, in Oxford last year. Sarah and her husband have given up many weekends to seek sponsorship, reach out to families and provide access to training and coaching. The ethos behind the club is ‘Come as you are’, and it is a really inclusive, friendly community for children and their families.

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Lorraine is a level one football coach in Northampton, working with players with cp as well as mainstream teams at FFA Escola Juniors. She has cp herself and is an inspiration to the young players she coaches giving them belief in achieving their goals. She is dedicated and committed to her role.

Sports Club
of the Year

Recognising clubs that have a commitment to inclusion, opportunities for all and seeking to lead the way in coach, player and volunteer development. Clubs had to be ready to adapt and change very quickly in 2020 whilst updating and supporting their members.

Christine Cruice Award for Overcoming Adversity

This award is for someone who has encountered and overcome personal challenges and continued to be involved in training and competitions, developed personally and improved their performance in their chosen sport at any level.

The Andrew
Stubbs trophy

This is awarded to a swimmer who has shown real commitment to developing themselves. Someone who not only tries hard when in the pool but also leads by example when on poolside and around other swimmers.

Bath RaceRunning Club
Nathan Mulhall
Tully Kearney

Bath Race Running Club

Nathan Mulhall

Tully Kearney

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Around 20 families have been accessing indoor or outdoor RaceRunning sessions at this relatively new club. When lockdown started the club rented out nearly all their frames to families that wanted them to keep participants active, before resuming Covid safe sessions. Many see the club as a lifeline to engage their children with fun and active play.

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Nathan felt dismissed by his peers at school and in social sports and fell into bad habits. Finding sport initially though Halifax Wheelchair RL club, helped him turn this around and develop personally. Nathan plays and coaches wheelchair rugby league and is currently on the England World Cup 2021 training squad. He is an assistant coach at Halifax and is one of their two community coaches working in schools inspiring others. After receiving his university degree he is now seeking a teaching post. He also plays wheelchair basketball for his local club.

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Tully is a member of the British Para Swimming Team. She is a multiple British record and European record holder and has won many medals, including 3 golds at the World Para Swimming Championships in 2019. Throughout lockdown she continued to train hard in an adapted setting and still has her sights set on Tokyo. Tully also took part in the ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ movement sewing scrubs and scrub bags for the NHS. She has put together a video for the ‘return to pool’ guidance and has helped other swimmers throughout. She has been raising money for various charities, including CP Sport as part of the CPISRA team during At Home Superheroes in the summer. Tully has been named a finalist in the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Awards.

The Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour

The Colin Rains Trophy is presented to an athlete who has continually strived to be their best, have shown endeavour, commitment and dedication throughout 2020.

Fundraiser of
the Year

Recognising the support, efforts and sheer determination to raise funds for CP Sport to enable us to continue to support people with cp to enjoy being physically active.

Partner of
the Year

This award recognises organisations that work in partnership with CP Sport to ultimately support people with cerebral palsy and associated impairments to enjoy being physically active.

Matthew Humphreys
Graceful Runners
CP Teens

Matthew Humphreys

Graceful Runners

CP Teens

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Matt has achieved a World’s first this year. He was the first RaceRunner to complete the London Marathon. Leading up to this event he was training 3 to 4 times per week and up to 3 hours at a time to make sure he was fully prepared. Matt completed the virtual London Marathon at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham surrounded by his friends and family, some of whom ran with him part of the way and at the same time raising funds for Scope. Matt is already looking forward to running the Marathon again in 2021.

Find out more

The Graceful Runners are led by UKA Athletics coach Phil Fleetwood and raised money for CP Sport by taking part in the Winter Wonderwheels event from November to December this year. The team was made up of 3 RaceRunners; Rafi who has run for Great Britain, won a Silver Medal in the World Championships last year and holds two World Records. Matt who has represented England and has become the first RaceRunner to complete the London Marathon. Josh who is quite new to RaceRunning but competed in CP Sport events last year. Roy, is not a RaceRunner, but is not new to raising money for charity. When he was younger he ran 15 Marathons including the London Marathon in ’86 where he managed a time of 2Hrs 57! He has also completed a solo cycle ride from Lands’ End to John O ‘Groats and initiated an event he called 65 at 65 where he swam 2m, cycled 50m and then ran 13m. Having lived with Prostate Cancer for 15 years, during which time he has raised thousands for charity he is battling the disease and has joined us to walk with the aid of a walking frame. Incredibly this team raised a 4 figure sum before the event even started!

Find out more

CP Teens and CP Sport have a natural alliance. Many young people with cp are familiar with both charities and COVID provided some new opportunities to work together. Early into lockdown our organisations came to together to develop a weekly social café online for young people with cp and effectively worked together to organise, promote and develop this brand new event.

The Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognises the commitment, hard work and dedication an individual has contributed to CP Sport over a period of time that has made a significant difference to the charity.

Ann Bell

Ann Bell

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Ann retired as a member of staff for CP Sport in spring 2020 and has given over 16 years’ service to the charity. After joining the team in 2004 Ann soon became well known to many of our beneficiaries, volunteers and fundraisers. Ann was predominantly the administrator for CP Sport but also supported colleagues with sports and fundraising events and could often found in the swimming results room or arranging ‘Beat the Pro’ at fundraising golf days.

Current and former colleagues and volunteers have many fond memories of working alongside Ann and she was a real character in the office. Ann thoroughly deserves to be recognised for all she has given to the charity and the positive impact she has had on people with cp and their families who she has come to know so well during her time with CP Sport.

The Sporting Achievement of the Year

Recognising the outstanding commitment individuals make to participating in their sport. It honours their hard work in training, competition and their achievements.

Jordan Crookes

Jordan Crookes

Find out more

Jordan has cp and is committed to helping others and raising awareness of cp. In 2020 he took on the challenge of running the London Marathon to raise money for CP Sport. Alongside working full time, Jordan trained 5 days a week from February to October after the marathon was delayed from the original date in April and became a virtual event in October. Jordan achieved his target of completing the marathon in under 5 hours.

Volunteer of the Year

This Award was judged on the commitment a volunteer shows to their role, one that goes the extra mile and excels in their volunteering. Volunteering looked very different in 2020 but the support given by volunteers was as important as ever.

Sarah Griffiths

Sarah Griffiths

Find out more

Sarah set up Summertown Warriors, a football team for children with cp and other disabilities, in Oxford last year. Sarah and her husband have given up many weekends to seek sponsorship, reach out to families and provide access to training and coaching. The ethos behind the club is ‘Come as you are’, and it is a really inclusive, friendly community for children and their families.

Coach of the Year

Recognising the outstanding commitment to developing and mentoring the people in their care and demonstrating a passion for improving the lives of people with cerebral palsy through sport. Many coaches have continued successfully to support their athletes remotely in 2020 despite all the challenges.

Lorraine Campbell

Lorraine Campbell

Find out more

Lorraine is a level one football coach in Northampton, working with players with cp as well as mainstream teams at FFA Escola Juniors. She has cp herself and is an inspiration to the young players she coaches giving them belief in achieving their goals. She is dedicated and committed to her role.

Sports Club of the Year

Recognising clubs that have a commitment to inclusion, opportunities for all and seeking to lead the way in coach, player and volunteer development. Clubs had to be ready to adapt and change very quickly in 2020 whilst updating and supporting their members.

Bath RaceRunning Club

Bath Race Running Club

Find out more

Around 20 families have been accessing indoor or outdoor RaceRunning sessions at this relatively new club. When lockdown started the club rented out nearly all their frames to families that wanted them to keep participants active, before resuming Covid safe sessions. Many see the club as a lifeline to engage their children with fun and active play.

Christine Cruice Award for Overcoming Adversity

This award is for someone who has encountered and overcome personal challenges and continued to be involved in training and competitions, developed personally and improved their performance in their chosen sport at any level.

Nathan Mulhall

Nathan Mulhall

Find out more

Nathan felt dismissed by his peers at school and in social sports and fell into bad habits. Finding sport initially though Halifax Wheelchair RL club, helped him turn this around and develop personally. Nathan plays and coaches wheelchair rugby league and is currently on the England World Cup 2021 training squad. He is an assistant coach at Halifax and is one of their two community coaches working in schools inspiring others. After receiving his university degree he is now seeking a teaching post. He also plays wheelchair basketball for his local club.

The Andrew Stubbs trophy

This is awarded to a swimmer who has shown real commitment to developing themselves. Someone who not only tries hard when in the pool but also leads by example when on poolside and around other swimmers.

Tully Kearney

Tully Kearney

Find out more

Tully is a member of the British Para Swimming Team. She is a multiple British record and European record holder and has won many medals, including 3 golds at the World Para Swimming Championships in 2019. Throughout lockdown she continued to train hard in an adapted setting and still has her sights set on Tokyo. Tully also took part in the ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ movement sewing scrubs and scrub bags for the NHS. She has put together a video for the ‘return to pool’ guidance and has helped other swimmers throughout. She has been raising money for various charities, including CP Sport as part of the CPISRA team during At Home Superheroes in the summer. Tully has been named a finalist in the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Awards.

The Colin Rains Trophy for Endeavour

The Colin Rains Trophy is presented to an athlete who has continually strived to be their best, have shown endeavour, commitment and dedication throughout 2020.

Matthew Humphreys

Matthew Humphreys

Find out more

Matt has achieved a World’s first this year. He was the first RaceRunner to complete the London Marathon. Leading up to this event he was training 3 to 4 times per week and up to 3 hours at a time to make sure he was fully prepared. Matt completed the virtual London Marathon at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham surrounded by his friends and family, some of whom ran with him part of the way and at the same time raising funds for Scope. Matt is already looking forward to running the Marathon again in 2021.

Fundraiser of the Year

Recognising the support, efforts and sheer determination to raise funds for CP Sport to enable us to continue to support people with cp to enjoy being physically active.

Graceful Runners

Graceful Runners

Find out more

The Graceful Runners are led by UKA Athletics coach Phil Fleetwood and raised money for CP Sport by taking part in the Winter Wonderwheels event from November to December this year. The team was made up of 3 RaceRunners; Rafi who has run for Great Britain, won a Silver Medal in the World Championships last year and holds two World Records. Matt who has represented England and has become the first RaceRunner to complete the London Marathon. Josh who is quite new to RaceRunning but competed in CP Sport events last year. Roy, is not a RaceRunner, but is not new to raising money for charity. When he was younger he ran 15 Marathons including the London Marathon in ’86 where he managed a time of 2Hrs 57! He has also completed a solo cycle ride from Lands’ End to John O ‘Groats and initiated an event he called 65 at 65 where he swam 2m, cycled 50m and then ran 13m. Having lived with Prostate Cancer for 15 years, during which time he has raised thousands for charity he is battling the disease and has joined us to walk with the aid of a walking frame. Incredibly this team raised a 4 figure sum before the event even started!

Partner of the Year

This award recognises organisations that work in partnership with CP Sport to ultimately support people with cerebral palsy and associated impairments to enjoy being physically active.

CP Teens

CP Teens

Find out more

CP Teens and CP Sport have a natural alliance. Many young people with cp are familiar with both charities and COVID provided some new opportunities to work together. Early into lockdown our organisations came to together to develop a weekly social café online for young people with cp and effectively worked together to organise, promote and develop this brand new event.

The Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognises the commitment, hard work and dedication an individual has contributed to CP Sport over a period of time that has made a significant difference to the charity.

Ann Bell

Ann Bell

Find out more

Ann retired as a member of staff for CP Sport in spring 2020 and has given over 16 years’ service to the charity. After joining the team in 2004 Ann soon became well known to many of our beneficiaries, volunteers and fundraisers. Ann was predominantly the administrator for CP Sport but also supported colleagues with sports and fundraising events and could often found in the swimming results room or arranging ‘Beat the Pro’ at fundraising golf days.

Current and former colleagues and volunteers have many fond memories of working alongside Ann and she was a real character in the office. Ann thoroughly deserves to be recognised for all she has given to the charity and the positive impact she has had on people with cp and their families who she has come to know so well during her time with CP Sport.

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