Blair Mayne Bursaries

Thursday 30th March 2017

Local young people awarded coveted Blair Mayne Bursaries

Bursary winners with Deputy Mayor

Local young people awarded coveted Blair Mayne Bursaries

Five local young people have received £500 Blair Mayne Bursaries from Ards and North Down Borough Council.

The Bursary was established in 1996 and is intended to celebrate Lt Col Blair Mayne’s life and achievements by encouraging young people to aspire to excellence. 

Anyone aged 25 years or younger that lives in Ards and North Down and that ‘aspires to excellence’ in one of three categories - sport, academic study or adventure training - can apply for a bursary as a way to help them to achieve a goal or realise a particular project.

Dan McGaughey from Millisle and Nicole Meier from Bangor received a bursary in the category of sport.

Dan has been sailing from the age of ten and has been a member of Donaghadee and Ballyholme Yacht Clubs.  At the age of just 14, Dan has progressed to competitive sailing. He has had many exciting successes such as being selected for the RYA Northern Ireland Topper squad 2016/17, the RYANI Performance Academy and the Irish Sailing Association 2016. Dan has now been selected for the UK Intermediate Junior Topper Squad and his bursary will help fund his attendance. 

Nicole attends The Dance Studio in Bangor and has achieved distinction in various gradings in ballet and tap.  She has also been selected for the Northern Ireland Gymnastics Squad.  She hopes to further her career by completing a third level qualification in Dance and Musical Theatre. 

In the category of Academic Study Tom Myles from Newtownards and Jamie Baker from Comber received bursaries.   

Tom began playing the clarinet at age eight and since then has gone on to achieve many accolades, and he currently plays in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.   He is the orchestra’s principal bass clarinettist for the coming year and holds the titles of Young Musician of the Year, Beggs and Partners Young Instrumentalist of the Year and the overall instrumental winner at Holywood Music Festival.

Jamie studies Moving Image Arts A’ Level, producing short films.   In his sixteen months studying the subject he has achieved a lot.  Jamie secured a place at The British Film Institute Academy, Belfast (BFI), he was selected for a highly competitive residential week long course at The BFI Academy, London where he produced a VFX short film and worked alongside and networked with BAFTA and Oscar nominated professionals.   In June 2016 Jamie was selected both for work experience at The BBC NI and at Channel 4 Pop-up, Belfast.  Jami’s bursary will fund him to produce a short film for his course of a standard that will secure him the grade A he needs to pursue his University course. 

Kerry Ann Taggart received a bursary for Adventure Training.  Kerry Ann is 12 years old and is a Guide from 1st Kircubbin Guide Unit.  Kerry Ann was chosen from one hundred Girl Guides across Ulster to take part in a National Scout Jamboree in Norway. This trip will not only benefit Kerry Ann as a person, allowing her to experience other cultures, but it will enable her to share your experiences with her Guide unit on your return.