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The 2023 Sportsman of the Year: J. A. Mora

The Sportsman of the Year is awarded to the student who is the highest performing sportsman in a single code, and the 2023 recipient is Deputy Head Prefect J. A. Mora.

Jamie Mora is an able sportsman who has earned national recognition at the Under 20 level in both Distance Running and Cross Country this year.

At the New Zealand Secondary Schools Road Race in December 2022, Jamie won the 6km race setting a new record time of 18:13. He followed this up by winning the Auckland Road Race title and guiding the three and six-man teams to Bronze.

On the track, his record-breaking performances continued as he won the Senior 1500m at the Auckland Secondary Schools Championships in a record time of 3:56:06.

His performances in Cross Country are also impressive. After illness and a long recovery, Jamie returned to place fourth at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships, helping the School win the Senior Boys’ three-man race and Silver in the six-man race.

His dedication and commitment to his training have seen him secure a scholarship to the University of Missouri in Columbia in the United States in 2024, a powerhouse in NCAA athletics.

Alongside being the Deputy Head Prefect, Jamie was Captain of Athletics in 2023. He also received Colours in 2022 and 2023, and won the College Sport Young Sportsman of the Year award for Distance Running.