CEREBRAL PALSY SPORTING AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION NSW INC
CPSARA aims to provide both sporting and recreational opportunities for people of all ages with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological conditions.
There are many sports, events and levels of competition for you as an athlete to pursue. Participation in sport can be just for fun and fitness but can also be pursued to International and Paralympic level!
A Human Resources Professional with extensive experience in Human Resources, Line, Operations & Sales Management with a can-do attitude. Brian possesses strong interpersonal relationship skills, developed negotiation & persuasive skills.
He has assisted many small to large sized companies and corporate clients, supplying a full range of Human Resources functions, from Strategic HR to HR set up roles to specialised IR / ER assistance across a range of industries such as Construction, Rail, FMCG, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Banking, Airline, Insurance, IT & Not for Profit Sectors.
Cathie Sherrington is the mother of Tamsin Colley who represented Australia for athletics at the Rio Paralympics.
Cathie has a background as a physiotherapist in aged care and rehabilitation settings. She now works as a research professor at the University of Sydney's School of Public Health where she leads studies investigating the benefits of exercise for older people and people with disabilities.
She joined the CPSARA executive team as she would like to help make it easier for people with physical disabilities and their families to find and participate in sporting opportunities. She would like more people to experience the enormous benefits Tamsin and others have obtained through sport participation. She also hopes to use her research expertise to undertake projects that design and evaluate strategies to encourage greater participation in sport for people with physical disabilities.
Kim is the mother of Christian Georgallis who has Ataxic Cerebral Palsy.
Christian started his athletics journey in 2015 when his Head of PDHPE at Thomas Hassall Anglican College encouraged him to participate in the para-athletics category at their NASSA Zone carnival. Christian immediately loved the sport and has gone on to represent his school at the All Schools Nationals and qualify to compete at state and national competitions.
Kim is a marketing and business management professional with a career spanning over 20 years in Loyalty, CRM, Partnerships, Digital and Performance Marketing.
Kim joined the CPSARA committee as she would like to utilise her marketing experience to raise awareness of the sporting and recreational options for adults and children with cerebral palsy. She would love more people to realise the health and social benefits that Christian has from participating in sporting activities such as athletics.
Heather is the wife of Brian Berry, president of CPSARA, and mother of Daniel Berry,
who represented Australia in both Football and Athletics. Daniel sadly passed away in
2013 after a recurrence of a brain tumour.
Heather is a mathematics tutor and a netball umpire co-ordinator at her local indoor
sports centre. In her spare time, she likes to help out with athletics, including the role of para team manager at the Australian All Schools Athletics.
Heather has been involved with CPSARA since Daniel joined in 2008 and has helped
out behind the scenes since then. She has now joined the committee so that she can
help out ‘officially’ and is doing it in memory of Daniel.
She wants to keep helping to raise awareness of the sporting opportunities for people with a disability as that is what Daniel would have been doing now, if he was still alive.
My name is Kerry West and I am a physiotherapist and have worked with children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities for over 20 years. Having been very involved in sport as a young person myself I have always been passionate about helping the children I see through my work become involved in sport and have often struggled to find suitable opportunities and to know what sports are available. Over the last 8 years I have been more personally involved in disability sport as my 16 year old daughter has CP and competes in athletics in the throwing events. I am also involved in swimming as a medical classifier. It is great to see many young children with CP come through the classification process and participate in swimming through school and other pathways. I joined the CPSARA committee so that I can contribute to sharing information about sporting opportunities with more children and families, as well as increase awareness amongst health professionals especially physios.
Nicki Ashton is a Head of Strategic Partnerships with Russell Investments, a global investment manager providing advice and solutions to a wide variety of institutions and for-purpose organisations in Australia. She has expertise across investment management, sales management, distribution, risk management, business development and investment consulting.
Nicki has worked in the finance and investment sectors for over 20 years in Australia and the United States. Over this time she has held senior executive roles with Russell Investments, Citigroup, Ecofin and Deutsche Bank.
She has a passionate interest in disability, serving as a Non-Executive Director of Cerebral Palsy Sport & Recreation Association since 2010.
Nicki has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Rae has been involved with CPSARA as an athlete since beginning athletics in 2010. Since then, Rae has competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2015 Doha IPC World Championships while doing her HSC on the same day as her javelin competition, 2016 Rio Paralympics and 2017 London IPC World Championships. Rae is now focusing on becoming a Dual Paralympian after receiving several scholarships and sponsorships to become the 7th Australian to reach this feat.
Currently, Rae is in her 5th year of study at the University of Sydney, majoring in Indonesian Studies and Asian Studies (double major).
Rae is currently working with and promoting the CPSARA athlete mentor program and parent mentor program. Rae hopes this program will help to support the para sport community as she is aware of the impact a mentor who has experienced it all before can have on new athletes and their families on the new and unfamiliar para sport journey.
CPSARA Athlete Ambassadors
Tamsin is a student studying Exercise Physiology at UNSW. She hopes to get out of the course valuable skills to enable her to work with people with disabilities to help them achieve their sporting goals. This is why she was interested in becoming a CPSARA ambassador, and she loves to think of new ways to encourage people to get involved in sport and give back to the sport that has benefited her so much!
As well as having recently completed her HSC at Randwick Girls’ High School, she has been participating in athletics since she was 8 years old and has been a CPSARA member since then. She is classified T36 as a result of mild Cerebral Palsy resulting from a brain tumour at birth. Tamsin currently specialises in sprinting events, mainly 200m and was the youngest competitor in track and field at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, competing a few days before her 14th birthday! As the youngest ever Australian Track & Field Paralympian, Tamsin is currently training to hopefully represent Australia again at the Paralympics.
Christian Georgallis is a T/F36 Athlete in athletics, with his main events being the 100m, 200m and 400m. When he is not running, he is studying Business at Western Sydney University. He also works at Network Building Supplies two days a week, helping with their e-commerce side of the business as well as in the paint room. As well as this, he works for the Graff Group as their NDIS State representative for their Home Modification division.
He also has his own business called Global Controls Direct, the home to the Trolley Cage and Australia’s leading online stockist of high-end specialty building supplies. He looks forward to taking on the CPSARA ambassador role to help grow the awareness around the organisation within the Para Sports Community and help grow the organisation into the future.
Tahlia has been a CPSARA member since 2017 and is a competitive swimmer who was close to qualifying for the Tokyo Paralympics for the 100m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly and relays. She also plays CP football and has been dancing since she was 7. Sport has given her opportunities to develop friendships that have become like family, and makes her feel happy, included, and empowered.
Outside of competing and training, she is studying a Bachelor of Health Science (majoring in Exercise) and hopes to combine her passions for sports, health, and disability advocacy as a future career. She is extremely passionate about creating new sporting opportunities and encouraging younger athletes to have fun and reach for their dreams! She would love to increase recognition of all the incredible achievements of para-athletes at all levels- and this is why she wanted to become a CPSARA ambassador with CPSARA. Although she is still young and has much to learn, she would love to give back to the communities that have given her so much throughout her journey.
Murray Bartram is an accomplished para-athlete, playing football for the NSW Football team and competing to national level in skiing. His achievements include playing at the CP Football Nationals over 4 years, attending many Pararoos Football camps as well as attending a Paralympic Ski Training camp in Canada. Whilst achieving elite athlete status in his sporting career, he’s learned what he really values from sport was having fun and that it was the backbone of good physical and mental health for him. Today he enjoys many recreational sporting activities including Heli skiing in Alaska, cross-country skiing in Australia, Snowkiting at Thredbo, body-boarding, mountain biking and learning to guide sit-ski and blind skiers. He has become involved in CPSARA to help encourage individuals to find enjoyment in sport, just like he did, whether it is competing at elite level or for recreation and fun.