The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) today announced it will honour the remarkable achievements of Henry Fraser at the 2016 RPA Players’ Awards in association with England Rugby, which takes place on Wednesday 11th May at Battersea Evolution, London.
Fraser has been confirmed as the recipient of this year’s RPA Blyth Spirit Award in association with Towergate Insurance. Henry, brother of Saracens back-row Will Fraser, damaged his spinal cord during a holiday to Portugal in 2009, which left him paralysed from the neck down at the age of just 17.
Since his accident he has shown extraordinary courage and is determined to make the most of life and share his experiences with others. He has enjoyed great success as a motivational speaker, delivering his ‘Pushing Myself’ talk to a number of high profile businesses and sports teams, including Saracens and England 7’s. He’s also become an artist and established Henry’s Trust, which aims to raise funds to help him achieve an independent lifestyle.
On news of receiving his award Fraser said: “I’m absolutely honoured to receive this award. To be selected to join a list with such amazing people on it, alongside Matt Hampson, someone who has constantly inspired me, is extremely overwhelming.”
Damian Hopley, RPA Group CEO, said: “Henry has shown a truly remarkable attitude following his accident and his achievements since that day serve as an inspiration to all us. His positive outlook on life is quite amazing and demonstrates why he is so deserving of this Award.”
With just a few tables remaining at this year’s awards, please contact Sam Baring on SBaring@theRPA.co.uk or 020 3053 6670, to ensure you are there to join in the celebrations of a landmark year in English Rugby.
The RPA Blyth Spirit Award in association with Towergate Insurance is given to an individual or group who has shown remarkable courage in the face of adversity, and is voted for by the RPA Players’ Board.
To read more about Henry’ story please visit http://www.henryfraser.org/