Late last year the Burns family had the difficult task of deciding on just three winners of the Sean Burns Scholarship, the award set up in memory of Sean Anthony Burns, a former NSW Police Officer who passed away in 2012. The scholarship is awarded to NSW Police Legatees who are excelling in their chosen sport, or who have chosen to study sports, exercise, or nutrition. The three very deserving Legatees awarded a scholarship were: Makenzie Patterson-Hollibone, Paul Marks Gray and Reese Finn Young.
Mackenzie had a very successful 2020/21 with her horse riding, winning multiple placings in some major competitions – most recently in the Caboolture World Cup. She also competed in her first junior series which saw placing a very respectable 9th at Sydney International Equestrian Centre Indoor in August.
Paul Marks Gray has found a love of mountain bike riding during covid lockdowns. He has been on several overnight backpacking trips and regularly rides up to 50km in a day. Paul is usually the only child on these trips, and has to keep up with the adults. This endurance riding has really helped with his resilience and self-confidence.
Reese Finn Young has been very active for the past three years with outdoor Bowls and has achieved titles such as South Coast district Women’s open fours winner, Zone 7 junior fours champion, and Merimbula mixed pairs champion.