One hard working student got the surprise of his life yesterday when Sky Academy Ambassador and Olympic Gold Medalist Darren Campbell arrived in his school. This wasn't just some flying visit for a photo opportunity though, because Campbell was there to surprise 17 year old Fraser Armstrong with the Sky Sports Living for Sport Student of the year Award for Scotland.
The surprised student, who was taking part in a PE lesson at Hollybrook Academy at the time, was broadcast live on Sky Sports New HQ, and seemed delighted with his achievement. He was chosen as the Student of the Year winner for Scotland by a panel of judges for participating in the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme in order to reignite his passion for athletics. Because of his autism, Fraser finds communicating with others a challenge and despite his natural talent, he has struggled to keep motivated at times. The panel hope that this award will give him the motivation to push forward and make his dreams a reality.
Fraser will now attend the Sky Sports Living for Sport Awards at Sky Studios in London this weekend to discover whether he will be crowned the overall UK & Ireland Student of the Year. He will be up against the winners for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and the Awards will be broadcast on Sky Sports 1 on Sunday 29 March at 7.30pm. The free Sky customer service number has already been lit up with suggestions, but the panel refuse to be swayed, and will make their judgement in time. Sky Sports Living for Sport Ambassador Darren Campbell said: “It’s an honour to present Fraser with the Student of the Year award for Scotland. He’s achieving things in his life that were simply unthinkable before his participation in Sky Sports Living For Sport and that’s the beauty of the initiative. The skills learned through sport can be applied to all areas of life and Fraser is a fine example of that. He’s a worthy winner for Scotland and I’ll be tuning in on Sunday to see if he picks up the overall UK & Ireland Student of the Year Award.”
Taking part in Sky Sports Living for Sport presented Fraser with the tools required to overcome the barriers he faced in everyday life. From his teammates, he learnt cooperative friendship and communication skills and sprinting gave him a natural and healthy outlet for the energy many kids spend communicating with each other.
Fraser’s teacher Chris Milne said: “I was delighted to hear that Fraser had won the Sky Sports Living for Sport Student of the Year award for Scotland. Fraser has shown great resilience in the six years that I have known him, overcoming every obstacle he has encountered and is now a fabulous example of how sport can enrich lives. Fraser’s journey through sport is the reason he is the young man you see before you today. Confident and independent, he has grown into a fabulous role model and inspiration to all pupils at Hollybrook Academy. We are all very proud of him.”
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