Article by Caro Geelen. Jim Burton was a very prominent name in Archery New Zealand, and still is. The Burton shoot (30 arrows at 55, 46 and 37m) was named in his honour. He was remembered on the archery field as a very tough competitor. He is most remembered by the Gisborne Archery Club, however, for his efforts in raising money for the Gisborne Archery Club hall.
For his services to sport he was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1977, and the Ryan Memorial Medal for archery. He also received eight sporting association memberships, including those from the National Rifle Association of New Zealand (of which he was also a life member) and the National Archery Association of New Zealand.