A Scottish swimmer and Northern Irish fencer have been rewarded for demonstrating the 100% me values to the highest level at the Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games.
Fraser Kane, from Irvine, and Brian Murray, from Londonderry, were crowned 100% me Spirit of the Games winners, chosen from 1,600 athletes competing at the four-day multi-sport event.
The Games, which took place from 4-7 September in Manchester, are supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by national charity the Youth Sport Trust. It aims to recreate the experience of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and has a strong track record of providing a springboard for athletes who go on to compete at an international level.
100% me is UK Anti-Doping’s (UKAD) athlete education programme, supporting athletes to reach their potential through the values of hard work, determination, passion, respect and integrity.
Anyone at the Games was able to nominate athletes they believed demonstrated the core values of 100% me. Fraser and Brian were selected by a panel of judges from UKAD, the Youth Sport Trust and event's athlete mentors. Both were presented with a signed certificate and an array of 100% me goodies, in addition to a £50 Nike voucher.
Fraser Kane, who is visually impaired, was nominated for the way he conducted himself after receiving the news he had missed out on third place in the Men’s MC 100m Breaststroke, despite originally being informed he had come third. His response was described as “brilliant” by one nominee, with Fraser congratulating the competitor who eventually claimed the bronze medal. The entry also highlighted Fraser’s commitment towards sportsmanship and the numerous ways he supported other members of the Scotland swimming team during the event.
Speaking from the Manchester Aquatics Centre, Fraser said: “My initial reaction to not winning the medal was disappointment, but I had to look forward to my other event. I had been injured quite a lot last year so keeping the motivation, determination and courage has been really important to get back in the pool and keep working hard.”
Commenting on the importance of clean sport and UKAD’s presence at the Games he added: “I attended a workshop and think it’s really important – I actually wrote an essay on anti-doping for my English exam! Clean sport makes it fairer and better for the spectators and the athletes themselves.”
Fraser has ambitions to compete in the Paralympic Games and IPC World Championships in the future.
The other award went to School Games veteran Brian Murray (right). Competing for the fourth time, the Northern Irish fencer received multiple nominations for the level of support he provided to younger members of the team.
Athlete Mentor Gemma Collis said: “I was so impressed with the way he acted on Saturday [6 September]. One of his teammates was struggling and looking a little bit lost. Despite the fact he had his own preparing to do, he wouldn’t leave her until she was finished and happy. I think he’s a great ambassador for Northern Ireland Fencing and I’m really glad he won the award.”
Brian Murray added: “It’s all about trying to make sure everyone in the team is improving and making sure they know you’re there to support them, especially the beginners on the team.”
During the event Brian attended a Mock Doping Control Session, delivered by UKAD National Trainers, to help athletes learn about their rights and responsibilities should they be subject to doping control at a major event. He said: “It’s really good to know what will happen should I get tested and what I’m going to go through. Clean sport is really important and there’s no point in competing if it’s not going to be a clean competition.”
Brian wants to continue his development from the Northern Ireland junior team into senior competition and hopes to compete at major international events in the future.
John Steele, Chief Executive at the Youth Sport Trust, said: "Congratulations to Fraser and Brian for winning Spirit of the Games Awards. Both athletes clearly demonstrated respect and commitment to their sports and fellow athletes, which are essential skills to have if they want to compete at the highest level in sport."
Judge and UKAD Next Generation Education Officer Matthew Perry added: “Fraser and Brian really epitomised the 100% me values and are both worthy winners of the award.
“This has once again been a great event for UKAD to be involved with. The award and 100% me’s presence have become an integral part of the Games and we have once again really enjoyed interacting with so many enthusiastic young athletes.”
In total, over 1,500 athletes competing at the Games attended a 100% me anti-doping education workshop. The team were also present across seven competition venues at interactive outreach stands to speak with athletes, parents and athlete support personnel.
The Sainsbury's School Games are supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health and British Paralympic Association.