Local Disability Sport

(Emily long jumping)

Emily Stewart T38-F38 Athlete

Emily is a disabled athlete that has CP and epilepsy.
Emily’s early school years were spent at Oakfield School in Low Fell, it’s a mainstream school and on occasions she would go swimming for PE lessons at Cedars school, which is a school for disabled kids just up the road in Low Fell. Whilst there she was encouraged to join their swimming club.
After infants school finished Emily went to Cedars Trust school in the juniors, whilst there she was encouraged to try basic athletics which she immediately took to. Emily then joined Gateshead Harriers at the age of 10.

(Emily sprinting)

Moving on a touch, Emily was competing in swimming competitions including national disability championships in Sheffield aged 9-10 when she also started competing in local and CP Sport athletics competitions.
Fast forward a few years and Emily had started competing nationally, in bigger athletics competitions in Sheffield, Manchester, Bedford, Nottingham, Grantham, and not just disabled competitions, but able bodied competitions for better opposition as it were.

(Emily representing England in the Shot Put)

Emily from the age of 9, as a guest, and then from 10 as a club member, has competed at the DSEs, a competition for disabled kids aged 10-19 at Warwick University in Coventry winning many medals over the years.
Emily trains and competes in athletics competitions all year round, indoors during the winter and outdoors in the summer. Emily stopped swimming 2 years ago to concentrate on athletics. Over the years Emily has won many medals, trophies and accolades, as well as being in the press on many occasions.
Since 2014 Emily has competed for the England North region at the School games in Manchester and at Loughborough University winning 2 golds medals and 2 silver medals in shot put, a silver and a bronze medal in the 200m in the 4 years that Emily has represented the region. This year if selected will be Emily’s final school games due to age restrictions.
Over the years Emily has attended many CP Sport athletics competitions at various venues through out the UK and in 2015 Emily was selected to represent CP England at the 2015 CPISRA World Games in Nottingham. A massive achievement and Emily justified her selection by winning 4 gold medals in her classification of T38/F38 in 100m, 200m, long jump and the 4x100m ladies relay team, as well as a silver medal in the shot put.

(Emily’s 2015 CPISRA World Games medals)

Since then Emily has continued to compete nationally in disability events, but mainly able bodied events to get better competition.
Emily’s events outdoors are 100m, 200m, long jump, shot put and discus, and indoors competes in the 60m, long jump and shot put.
In 2017 Emily won a local series NEGP ( 6 competitions) held at Monkton and Gateshead stadiums. It’s an able bodied competition and Emily won the U20 women’s trophy, a big achievement for her.

(Emily with her award alongside paralympian, Stephen Miller)

Late in 2017 we received news that Emily has been selected to represent CP England again at the 2018 CPISRA world games to be held in Sant Cugat in Barcelona from 5-12 August 2018 and we are ecstatic to be going as it’s great honour to represent you country.
Emily’s ultimate goal is to represent her country at a forthcoming Paralympic Games.

(Emily poses with the shot)

Emily is currently attending Gateshead Academy of sport, where she doing a level 1 sports course and has also passed her level 1 coaching assistant course.

As parents to a disabled child, it’s very import to encourage your child from an early age, as we have done so. Emily showed promise from an early age, so we encouraged her to swim and then to push on with the athletics. We travel all over the country with Emily, travelling to all her competitions and even all her training sessions as support, we are a team. It’s very easy to get wrapped up in the athletics scene, we love it! It can be stressful as the CPISRA world games in Nottingham was but we couldn’t show it to Emily, as it may have affected her competition, luckily it didn’t.

Some friendly advice to all parents/carers of disabled children, ditch the games consoles or the TV remote and get involved in sports, whether it be at a swimming pool, the local athletics club or even just for a walk in the fresh air, I guarantee you and your kids will love the endorphin rush you get from being active.

Sport is freedom!

You can follow Emily’s progress on her website; www.emilystewart-t38.com

If you are a local company interested in sponsoring Emily, please contact Ian Stewart at; ianstewart1902@mail.com



Resident Roller Reaches parkrun Milestone

Our resident roller, Ben, achieved a rare parkrun milestone on Saturday 10th February by completing his 50/50V at Gateshead’s very scenic Saltwell Park.

parkrun is a free, weekly, timed, 5 kilometre run that takes place in hundreds of parks around the globe on Saturday mornings and anyone can participate, either as a runner, jogger, walker, buggy pusher, roller, etc. There are even Jr parkruns for little legs taking place on Sunday mornings for 4-14 year olds over 2 kilometres.

It has taken Ben a little under 3 years to get to 50 parkruns and 50 parkrun volunteer credits, giving up almost a year’s worth Saturday and Sunday mornings since late July 2015, racking up over 155 miles in that span.