Members of Paralympic Archery GB hoping to compete at London 2012 received a Clean Sport education workshop from UK Anti-Doping’s National Trainers on Saturday 7 January at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.
The session was part of UK Anti-Doping’s London 2012 Education Programme, which aims to ensure that all athletes competing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games are fully aware of their anti-doping responsibilities.
The National Trainers used an interactive presentation incorporating films, demonstrations and exercises to encourage athletes to think about and discuss key anti-doping issues. The subjects covered include: prohibited substances, testing procedures, checking medication, the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) process and the risks of doping.
The 75-minute session was well-received by the athletes and sports personnel attending. Paralympic Team Leader Paul Atkins said: “The delivery was excellent and engaging to the extent that we overran by nearly an hour.
“The feedback from athletes who had received this type of session in the past was that it was the best to date.
“The section which explained the testing procedure from start to finish was just what we needed and generated a lot of questions from experienced athletes who have been tested many times, as well as those who have never undergone the procedure.”
UK Anti-Doping Education Manager Amanda Batt said: “The positive feedback shows the success of our National Trainers’ efforts to convey our clean sport message to athletes and support personnel.
“I look forward to spreading our message to more National Governing Bodies in the coming weeks and months as a part of our London 2012 Education Programme.”