Bede Polding College student Mackenzie Woodbury is the proud recipient of the 2018 Natalie Burton Memorial Award. The award is intended for a recipient who has faced challenging circumstances but, through their application and determination, has overcome this adversity to succeed. The Award is administered by Hawkesbury City Council on behalf of the Burton, Turner
“Mackenzie has Hypertonic
“With her friendly and outgoing personality, Mackenzie has become part of a great group of friends who are a very special part of her life.
“She participates in swimming carnivals, athletic carnivals, and the Bede Polding College walkathons,” she said.
“Mackenzie always looks forward to excursions and camps and she has chosen Physical Activities and Sports Science as her electives.
“Mackenzie is willing to try most activities and she extends herself to try new things. She even went to a surfing camp at Collaroy recently. When she puts her mind to it, she’s unstoppable.”
Mackenzie also plans to complete her work placement with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and with their
“Mackenzie is an excellent representative of the College,”
“We’re all so proud of her.” The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert congratulated Mackenzie for her determination and active involvement at both school and externally.
“Mackenzie is a wonderful recipient for this award. Her eagerness to get in and do as much as possible is admirable and inspiring
As a recipient of the Natalie Burton Award, Mackenzie received a commemorative plaque, certificate and $200 prize money.
The Natalie Burton Memorial Award was established in 2004. Natalie Burton was a remarkable individual who died from cancer in March 2003 at the age of 32. The purpose of the Award is to provide a means of allowing Natalie’s life and her extraordinary achievements to inspire students to overcome adversity in their own lives.
Despite being diagnosed with a
Natalie Burton was an outstanding local student. She completed her HSC exam as Dux of Colo High School, gaining the highest HSC result in the Hawkesbury District in 1987. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science (Veterinary) and Bachelor of Veterinary Science, both with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney.