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Sean Burns, 1st runner up for Sports 'N Spokes Junior Athlete of the Year Award

Sean Burns 2011 SPORTS 'N SPOKES Junior Athlete of the Year first runner up.

For everything there is a first time and that’s no exception at the S ‘NS offices when it was decided to add a first runner up category to this year’s SPORTS ‘N SPOKES Junior Athlete of the Year award.  Sean Burns, 17, is the first first runner up for the SPORTS ‘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 year’s judging even more difficult.

“He is indeed a great athlete and I’m so proud he was the 1st runner up for the SPORTS ‘N SPOKES Junior Athlete of the Year Award.” says William Brady, Carolina Cruisers coach via an E-mail interview. “Sean won the Jay Coyner award at this year’s National Junior Disabled Championships (NJDC).”

The award is given to the athlete who exhibits a superb attitude, exceptional leadership skills, and for their sportsmanship. “This was a total surprise to Sean and his parents,” says Brady. “We’re all very proud of him.”

Burns’ 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 Children’s Charities, and enjoys cruising his Mustang convertible. While he hasn’t yet landed on a college he does know he’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 year’s subscription to SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine. We’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 America’s Jack Gerhardt award for adult athletes. “Junior sports was quickly becoming more popular, and we felt there needed to be something as prestigious as PVA’s award,” said Nancy Crase. “The junior athletes can now win this award and then go on to win the adult award.”

Written by: Christopher DiVirgilio, Sports 'N Spokes
Posted: Sep 10, 2011 by Cheryl Edwards

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