Fraser Kane, from Irvine, and Brian Murray, from Londonderry, were recently crowned 100% me Spirit of the Games winners. The Scottish swimmer and Northern Irish fencer received the award for demonstrating the 100% me values to the highest level at the Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games and were selected from 1,600 athletes competing at the four-day multi-sport event.

Fraser and Brian were selected by a panel of judges from UK Anti-Doping, the event’s athlete mentors, and the Youth Sport Trust. Both received a signed certificate and an array of 100% me goodies, in addition to a £50 Nike voucher.

Fraser, who is visually impaired, was nominated for the way he conducted himself after he received the news he had missed out on third place in the Men’s MC 100m Breaststroke, despite originally being informed he had come third. Fraser’s response was described as “brilliant” by one nominee, with Fraser congratulating the competitor who bagged the bronze medal. The entry also demonstrated the commitment of Fraser towards sportsmanship and the many ways by which he assisted other members of the Scotland swimming team during the event.

Fraser, speaking from the Manchester Aquatics Centre, said his initial reaction to not winning the medal was disappointment, but he had to look forward to his other event. Fraser added he 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. The Scottish swimmer, commenting on the importance of clean sport and UKAD’s presence at the Games, added he attended a workshop and think it is really important and he actually wrote an essay on anti-doping for my English exam. He also remarked clean sport makes it fairer and better for the spectators and the athletes themselves. The athlete has ambitions to compete in the Paralympic Games and IPC World Championships in the near future.

The other award went to School Games veteran Brian Murray, who received multiple nominations for the level of support he provided to younger members of the team.

John Steele, Chief Executive at the Youth Sport Trust, congratulated Fraser and Brian for winning Spirit of the Games Awards and remarked 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 epitomized the 100% me values and are both worthy winners of the award.

The Sainsbury’s School Games took place from September 4-7 in Manchester. The Games are supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by national charity the Youth Sport Trust. The School Games aim to recreate the Olympic and Paralympic Games‘ experiences and has a strong track record of providing a platform for athletes who go on to compete at an international level.

100% me supports athletes to reach their potential through the values of hard work, determination, passion, respect and integrity and is UK Anti-Doping’s (UKAD) athlete education program.

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