My Name is Judy Webber and I am a Life Member of CPSARA. I have been a member for over 20 years and have served on the Committee as a general committee member and was Secretary until I retired. I have been married to Michael for 45 years and we have one son Sean who was born with Cerebral Palsy.
It was through Sean that I became involved with CPSARA. Sean was a swimmer and his coach suggested we join a disability association after some searching, we came across CPSARA.
Being on the CPSARA committee gave me a lot of opportunity to meet and talk with other parents with children like Sean. It gave me the opportunity to get the word out to the local community. As secretary I helped organise a couple of Swim Meets when NSW Sports Council for the Disabled folded and before NSW Swimming took over running the Swim Meets.
I coordinated with Corny van Eldik (CPASRA) for our athletes to attend the CPISRA World Championships in Connecticut USA and worked with Wheelchair Sports for our athletes to attend the Junior National Games. Organised trivia nights to raise funds and other fundraising events for these athletes.
I represented CPSARA on the committee for NSW Athletes with a Disability (AWD) a group of other member organisations and disability groups through NSW Sport and Recreation.
MARGARET GREGSON OAM and ALLAN GREGSON OAM
We have been asked many times how we became involved with Disability Sport.
We lived in the country, our son Stephen was diagnosed with mild Cerebral Palsy and
later, visually impaired.
On recommendations, we moved to Sydney for him to attend North Rocks Blind
School. Being very involved in swimming, we joined Blind Sporting Association NSW for Stephen to be able to compete. As volunteers, taking on Executive positions, I travelled with teams to Australian Championships as staff and Allan as a coach to International Competition.
We were approached in1985 by Charles Sanderson, the Recreation Officer employed by the NSW Spastic Centre (now the Cerebral Palsy Alliance) to help form the NSW Cerebral Palsy Sports Association. As there was no National Sports Association for CP sports, Queensland Sporting Wheelies was catering for CP Athletes and they decided to send an Australian team to the 1st CP world Championships and 3 swimmers NSW were included in the team Robert Waldron, Stephen Gregson, Karen Ferguson held in Belgium. The Cerebral Palsy Australian Sports & Recreation Federation was formed in 1990.
CPSARA NSW was formed in 1986 to offer Sport and Recreational opportunities to
people of all ages to participate in activities. Joined NSW Sports Council in 1987.
Over the years we have been involved with CPSARA, we have held Executive positions, helped with activities ranging from State Championships for various sports, Sunday morning clubs, camps at Narrabeen, traveling with teams both interstate, Internationally, myself as manager and Allan as coach.
From 1993 to 2005 all Disability Associations joined together for State Championship conducted by NSWSCD. We both had positions on NSWSCD.
1990 was the last time CP swimmers competed in CP classifications at the World
Championships because IPC then introduced the Functional Classification for swimmers with a physical disability. Australia held their first seminar for classifiers in November that year, Allan attended and has been doing swimming classification since then. I organise the bookings for classification.
We have both been involved with the schools from the introduction of the school system of events for swimmers with a disability, PSSA being first to introduce it in 1990. We have travelled as Managers of the team to School Sport Australia and Pacific School Games for 22 years.
We have really enjoyed our time with all the athletes and we are very proud seeing what they achieved in life.
We were very humbled to be nominated and proud to receive the OAM for our work
with people with a disability.