Two awards have been made in the latest round of Blair Mayne Bursaries, with a talented rugby player and an outstanding bagpiper receiving £500 to fulfil their ambitions.
Fourteen year old Bradley Parker from Portavogie has been awarded the Blair Mayne Bursary for Academic Study. He started piping at the age of 5, began to compete only a few years later and has been winning title after title ever since. Currently receiving tuition from one of the world’s greatest players, John Wilson, Bradley has continued to win major competitions and awards and will use his bursary to fund costs associated with on-going tuition and competitions across Ireland and Scotland in 2011.
Recipient of the Bursary for Sport was Michael Lawton, a rugby player, who first took to the pitch at Ards Rugby Club aged 3, and progressed through the ranks to play for the 1st XV, while also representing Ulster at U18, U19, U20 and Ulster Colleges. Now playing for Division 1 club, Dungannon, Michael has also qualified as a coach and passes on his passion for rugby through coaching schemes for children at primary and secondary school level. He will use his award to support his on-going development in rugby and study for an HND in Sports and Exercise Science.