The 2022 Sportsman of the Year: E. W. Pawson
The Sportsman of the Year is awarded to the student who is the highest performing sportsman in a single code, and the 2021 recipient is E. W. Pawson.
Edward Pawson has demonstrated sporting prowess and earned national recognition in Road and Track Cycling this year.
As captain of Cycling, Edward led the Senior A team to dominate all races in the Auckland Secondary Schools Team Trial series and individually, was second in the Under 20 Points Race.
At the North Island Secondary Schools Road Championships, he led the Senior A Team to first place in the Team Time Trial, before winning the Under 20 Road Race and Under 20 Criterium.
At the Northern Tour, he was third in the Under 20 Boys Individual Time Trial, first in the Under 20 Boys Criterium, first in the Under 20 Boys Criterium Sprint Race and first in the Under 20 Boys General Classification.
At the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships, Edward captained the Senior A team as they won the Sir Bernard Fergusson trophy, while individually earning third place in both the Under 20 Road Race and the Under 20 Points race. At the North Island School Track Championships, he won the Under 20 Team Pursuit and Keirin. He finished second in the Under 20 Team Sprint, the 7500m Tempo Race and the Track Omnium, and was third in the 5000m Scratch race.
At the National Track Championships, he won the Under 20 3000m Team Pursuit, and podiumed in the Under 20 Keirin A Final, the Under 20 5000m Scratch race, the Under 20 7500m Tempo race and the Under 20 750m Team Sprint.
Representing New Zealand in April at the Oceania Track Championships in Brisbane, he won the Under 19 Madison and was second in the Under 19 Points race and 4000m Team Pursuit. Representing the New Zealand Junior Track Cycling team in August at the 2022 Junior Track World Championships in Israel, he won the Bronze in the Junior 4000m Team Pursuit and a creditable 11th in the Individual Pursuit.
At the recent College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards, Edward won the 2022 winner for Cycling, and was named the Overall Sportsman of the Year.