Blair Mayne bursaries for rising stars in Ards
The latest Blair Mayne Bursaries have been awarded to two skilled young sportsmen and a talented musician.
Fifteen-year-old Aimee Consiglia, a flautist from Newtownards, received the bursary for academic study which will help with her music tuition costs.
Aimee, who has been playing since the age of seven, holds a distinction at Grade 8 flute and is a member of the Regent House Senior Windband, as well as Lord Londonderry’s Own CLB flute band.
She has been runner up twice in the All Ireland Young Flautist of the Year and last year gained one of only four places available in the Ulster Youth Orchestra. Aimee’s ambition is to attend a Royal School of Music.
Meanwhile, Oisin McClelland from Donaghadee has been awarded a bursary for sport. The fifteen-year-old has been sailing for seven years and also instructs at his local sailing club, last year taking part in five courses teaching over 60 children. Oisin has also been selected for the NI Youth Squad and will be participating in European-wide events.
Also receiving a bursary for sport was 13-year-old Ryan Dempster from Newtownards. Ryan competes in motorcycle trials, and in the three years since his debut in the sport he has achieved 41 podium finishes, 22 of which were first place in Ulster and Irish championships.
He is currently a Grade B (aged 13-16) Ulster Champion — a title he gained at the age of 12 — as well as a Grade B Irish Championship runner up. Ryan will use his award to continue competing in motorcycle trials locally and across the UK.
Each bursary recipient receives £500 from the fund which was established in memory of Lt Col Blair Mayne.
Anyone who would like further information about the bursary should contact Ursula Mezza at Ards Borough Council on telephone 9182 4021.