CEREBRAL PALSY SPORTING AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION NSW INC
CPSARA was formed by Charles Sanderson in 1986. The aim was to offer Sport and Recreational opportunities to people of all ages with Cerebral Palsy to participate in activities. First members joined at the Spastic Centre in Allambie Heights (now Cerebal Palsy Alliance).
Founding committee members included:
President: Charles Sanderson Vice President: Tom Organ Secretary: Chris Widdows Treasurer: Ian Henderson
Through it's history, CPSARA has held many sporting events and come-and-try days for several sports. CPSARA athletes have also represented Australia and state teams in sports including athletics, swimming, cycling, wheelchair basketball etc.
1986 - CPSARA held it’s first event. The State Championships, held on the 9th and 10th of August included athletics, swimming and soccer. 111 athletes competed across the 3 sports under 8 classifications; from CP1-CP8.
1987 - CPSARA joined NSW Sports Council for Disabled as a member . Table Tennis and Boccia added to State Championships.
CPSARA’s State Championships continued to grow and have great success until 1992, with the number of competitors rising each year. Membership numbers also grew steadily with 200 members registered by 1992.
1990 – Sunday morning club was introduced. It involved swimming, followed by other indoor activities. CPSARA sent teams to New Zealand National Championships for Disabled. In 1990, CPSARA sent 9 athletes, 13 athletes in 1991 and 22 athletes plus two blind athletes in 1992. NSW teams also competed at CPASRF National Championships, Queensland Invitational Games and Junior Nationals for Athletes with a Disability.
In more recent years, CPSARA began organising come and try days for water skiing, sailing, lawn bowls and horse riding. Other activities also tried by CPSARA members include: archery, horse riding, tricycling and ten pin bowling.
CPSARA athletes representing Australia
CPSARA members who have received awards for recognition in their sport
Young Australian of the Year Liverpool area & Australia Day Sports award: Stephen Gregson
Kathy Gregson Australia Day Sports award: Jayme Paris
Young Australian of the year Blacktown area & Australia Day Sports award: Pru Birmingham
Australia Day Merit award (Manly area): Kristy Pond
Young Australian of the Year (Parramatta area): Russell Billingham
Australia Day award (Orange area): Alison Quinn
OAM Order Australia Medal: Peter Leek, Margaret Gregson, Allan Gregson
CPSARA Patrons and Life Members
Mike Gibson, Dawn Fraser AC, MBE, Darren Clarke, Paul Wade
Life Members: Margaret Gregson OAM and Allan Gregson OAM, Judy Webber, Bill Gurney, Brian Berry, Heather Berry, Nicki Ashton