Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) provides life-changing therapy and support services for more than 6,500 people with a disability every year. Helping babies, children, teenagers, adults - and their families.
CPA operate from 140 sites throughout metropolitan, regional and rural NSW and the ACT, and aim to have a positive impact on the lives of as many people with disability through CPA services, information, research, training, influence and advocacy.
Delivering world-class, evidence-based sport and exercise programs for people living with cerebral palsy (CP) and other disabilities in NSW/ACT is at the core of what CPA does. Creating a fun, safe and inclusive environment for all and contributing to positive physical, social and emotional health wellbeing outcomes.
In 2018 CPA's accessible sport and exercise programs, including our gym and hydrotherapy programs, benefited 790 people living with CP and other disabilities.
CPA run swim camps as well as part of their offering. The camps are focussed on achieving goals in fitness, fun and friendships, learning skills, developing trust and engagement.
Opportunities are created to make social and support connections, addressing the social isolation often experienced by children with disabilities and their families.
Children with disabilities living remotely often have limited opportunities to participate in sport. These camps are professionally run by the highly skilled Cerebral Palsy Alliance Sport Development Team and provide the opportunity to train up local coaches and volunteers to deliver inclusive sport.
The recent CPA swim camp in June at the Sydney Academy of Sport saw 34 kids booked in for the camp in total, 18 rural and 16 metropolitans, with lots of new kids in the mix.
Caitlin Keefe has organised four CPA camps so far, with the most recent camp being supported by the help of the Swimming Australia Move it Aus grant.
Jack, one of the CPA athletes, thinks swimming is a great way to keep physically fit and mentally fit as well.
"It's a good way to just blow off some steam and relieve all that stress when you are in the pool"
Congratulations to CPA with their ongoing support of people living with cerebral palsy and on another successful swim camp.
For more information on CPA visit www.cerebralpalsy.org.au
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