Taylor Curtis of Cycling North East and Claire Kenny of Swimming Ireland were both awarded with the 100% me Fair Play Award at the 2010 Sainsbury’s UK School Games at the weekend.
Curtis was Friday’s recipient of the honour at the Games, which were staged at venues in the North East of England, whilst disability swimmer Kenny picked up Saturday’s prize, as both were recognised for their contribution to the 100% me fair play values.
100% me is an education programme run by UK Anti-Doping, the UK’s national anti-doping organisation. Promoting and encouraging personal responsibility, 100% me seeks to increase understanding about doping-free sport and provides an opportunity for sports to create and inspire a generation of athletes and players to realise they can be successful without misusing prohibited substances and methods.
A variety of events were organised at the Games through 100% me. Athletes were given the opportunity to chat through any queries they had about anti-doping at outreach stands situated at different venues across the weekend, whilst they also had the opportunity to sit in on “sprint sessions”, which comprised of a quick fire introduction to the world of anti-doping. In addition, Saturday evening saw “An Audience with Matt Stevens” take place, in which the rugby union player, who is currently serving a drugs ban, gave a candid account of the trials and tribulations he has experienced since testing positive for cocaine last year.
The 100% me Fair Play values include:
• treating others with respect and fairness
• competing within the rules and respecting officials and their decisions
• demonstrating fair play at all times
• respecting differences between others at the Games
• taking responsibility for your actions at all times
Taking the above into consideration, Curtis was awarded the first award on Friday for coming to the aid of a fellow cyclist who had broken her helmet following a crash, whilst Kenny was recognised for giving up her wheelchair to an able-bodied athlete who had suffered an injury on Saturday. In addition to a signed certificate, both received a £50 Amazon voucher and some 100% me kit as their prize. Rules stated that the winners must have been recommended by another athlete or a member of team staff, with a nomination box having been placed in the athlete’s lounge at the event village.
UK Anti-Doping’s Senior Education Officer, Jude Ford, said: “On behalf of UK Anti-Doping, I would like to congratulate Taylor and Claire on receiving the 100% me Fair Play Awards. The recognition they have received in being nominated shows an understanding of the true spirit of sport, and this is what 100% me sets out to achieve. Part of our remit is to protect the rights of athletes to compete in clean sport and, through the 100% me programme, we educate athletes about the part they play in that process. By being so involved in these Games and by sponsoring these awards we have hopefully struck a chord with the young athletes here.”