- Fraser to receive RPA Blyth Spirit Award
- Previous recipients include Matt Hampson
Motivational speaker and artist Henry Fraser has been confirmed as the recipient of this year’s RPA Blyth Spirit Award.
The Rugby Players’ Association have announced it will honour the remarkable achievements of Fraser at the 2016 RPA Players’ Awards in association with England Rugby, which takes place on Wednesday 11 May at Battersea Evolution, London.
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 17.
“I'm absolutely honoured to receive this award," said Fraser. "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.”
Since his accident Fraser 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 Sevens.
Fraser has also become an artist and established Henry’s Trust, which aims to raise funds to help him achieve an independent lifestyle.
My mouth painting. (Only physically able to use my mouth).— Henry Fraser (@henryfraser0) 22 March 2016
It's 'The King Of The Jungle'. pic.twitter.com/MSPorVDyYs
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.
Damian Hopley, RPA Group CEO, paid tribute to Fraser, hailing his "truly remarkable attitude":
He added: "His achievements since the accident 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.”