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Sean Burns, 1st runner up for Sports 'N Spokes Junior Athlete of the Year Award
For everything there is a first time and thatâ€™s no exception at the S â€˜NS offices when it was decided to add a first runner up category to this yearâ€™s SPORTS â€˜N SPOKES Junior Athlete of the Year award. Sean Burns, 17, is the first first runner up for the SPORTS â€˜N SPOKES Junior Athlete of the Year Award. The North Carolina resident recently competed during the world championships in track and field. The nominations poured in from all across the country making this yearâ€™s judging even more difficult.
â€œHe is indeed a great athlete and Iâ€™m so proud he was the 1st runner up for the SPORTS â€˜N SPOKES Junior Athlete of the Year Award.â€ says William Brady, Carolina Cruisers coach via an E-mail interview. â€œSean won the Jay Coyner award at this yearâ€™s National Junior Disabled Championships (NJDC).â€
The award is given to the athlete who exhibits a superb attitude, exceptional leadership skills, and for their sportsmanship. â€œThis was a total surprise to Sean and his parents,â€ says Brady. â€œWeâ€™re all very proud of him.â€
Burnsâ€™ athletic career started at age 4 in track and field events and he won the Brad Bowman Sportsmanship Award at age 5. Burns continues to excel in sports and most recently competed on Team USA IPC 2011 World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.
When not on the track Burns attends Weddington High School, volunteers at Speedway Childrenâ€™s Charities, and enjoys cruising his Mustang convertible. While he hasnâ€™t yet landed on a college he does know heâ€™d like to compete in London for the 2012 Paralympics.
Congratulations to Sean for being selected as first runner up. He will receive a free yearâ€™s subscription to SPORTS â€˜N SPOKES magazine. Weâ€™ll be watching him and we suggest you do too.
The SPORTS `N SPOKES Junior Athlete of the Year award is replete with history spanning back to its inception more than 20 years ago. S`NS founding editor Cliff Crase and wife Nancy felt the need for an award that recognized junior athletes and based the award on the Paralyzed Veterans of Americaâ€™s Jack Gerhardt award for adult athletes. â€œJunior sports was quickly becoming more popular, and we felt there needed to be something as prestigious as PVAâ€™s award,â€ said Nancy Crase. â€œThe junior athletes can now win this award and then go on to win the adult award.â€
Written by: Christopher DiVirgilio, Sports 'N Spokes
Posted: Sep 10, 2011 by Cheryl Edwards