Monday, 28 June 2010

Giving time of year ... again ! :-)

First week in September 2010 and (hopefully), I will be in Scotland,to participate (once more) in the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow.

All online donations via

Wish me luck !

Thank you.


Saturday, 26 June 2010

High Peak Disability Sports Group ~ June e-newsletter

Sharing Good Practice Issue 26, 25th June 2010

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the e-newsletter of High Peak Disability Sports Group. Through this newsletter we hope to keep people informed, share good practice and promote sport and physical activity opportunities for disabled people in the High Peak.

Please support our efforts by forwarding it on to your colleagues and friends or print off a copy of the attached word version for those without access to e-mail. For a hard copy of this newsletter contact Helen Ashworth mailto:

To remove your name from the mailing list please e-mail mailto:

In June’s issue:

1. High Peak Sharks news;

2. High Peak Community Sports Network Awards;

3. Playground to Podium;

4. The Stuff;

5. High Peak Disability Sport Group next meeting.

1. High Peak Sharks News

High Peak Sharks disability swim team are enjoying a busy season:

10 Sharks swimmers took part in the British Long Distance Swimming Association one-hour postal swim event earlier in the year with winning times from Alan Bamber, Rebecca Sheldon, Ellie Bamber, Emma Dawson, James Moss and Amy Fennell.

13 swimmers are off to the North West regional DSE Championships in Liverpool on 11th July and 5 swimmers have already achieved the qualifying times for the Swim Wales competition in Llandudno on 17th July. The 5 are Alan Bamber, Ellie Bamber, Travis Hyland, Rebecca Sheldon and Martha Boult.

Not content with these performances in the pool, Sharks, under the leadership of Ellie Bamber, have turned their hand to boccia and have completed their first year in the National Pan Disability Boccia League. Ellie has also identified funding for the team and has organised regular boccia training sessions in New Mills which are also an opportunity for parents and supporters to get together.

To join High Peak Sharks contact –


Alice: 07962 020748

or come along to New Mills Pool any Saturday at 5.30pm and see for yourself!

Please send news items for next month to
by 18th July 2010

2. High Peak Community Sports Network Awards

It’s time to recognise and celebrate the sporting success of athletes and those involved in sport at all levels by nominating people in your club who meet the criteria for junior and senior disabled sportsperson of the year, disability sports team of the year, young sports leader of the year and more, all of which are listed together with nomination forms at:

The closing date for nominations is 20th August 2010.

3. Playground to Podium

Playground to Podium is an initiative designed to develop structured pathways in disability sport from schools to clubs to performance environments and to identify and develop the ability of disabled players and athletes.

The scheme focuses on six sports: athletics, boccia, football, swimming, table tennis, and wheelchair basketball. It is envisioned that all 10 school sport partnerships in Derbyshire will be involved in the scheme, in 2010 – 2011, including the High Peak where coaches and teachers are invited to identify talented disabled students within their school or club.

For information about the programme in Derbyshire please contact Emma Champion:

Tel: (01298) 71431 E-mail:

for more info about the national project visit:

4. The Stuff

Naomi Hope, Young People’s Worker for Disability Direct’s Enable Project is looking for any activities taking place over the summer holidays that are suitable for disabled people aged 16-25. It can be a respite break, a youth club, a festival, a sporting event, an information day...anything that you are running that you would like to promote on The Stuff.

Please send any information to:

Naomi Hope - Young People's Worker

Disability Direct, 227 Normanton Rd, Derby, DE23 6UT

Tel: 01332 299449 Mob: 07805 593788 Fax: 01332 365055 Minicom: 01332 368585

5. High Peak Disability Sport Group next meeting.

The next meeting of High Peak Disability Sports Group will be on Wednesday 22nd September at 5.30pm at the University of Derby Buxton, 1 Devonshire Road, Buxton. SK17 6RY.

Minutes of our meetings and earlier issues of this newsletter can be accessed through a link on St. Philip Howard Sports College website:


Monday, 14 June 2010

Open Up Conference ~ 14th June 2010 ~ Birmingham

"Challenging Discrimination Together"

Open Up Conference ~

14th June 2010 ~

Jury's Inn ~



Sunday, 6 June 2010

29th Buxton Half Marathon 2010 (photos)

29th Running of the Buxton/High Peak Half Marathon ... 2010 Winner (above, slightly hidden by the Signpost and Ice-Cream queue) approaching the Finishing Line, checking his watch ... Fantastic solo effort !

Today, 6th June 2010, is the 29th running of the Buxton/High Peak Half Marathon.

Pictures of today's Event to follow, but here is a Link to what it was like last year ...

More 2010 29th Buxton Half Marathon photos ...

Congratulations to all those Runners !