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The Burroughs Cup recipient: A. M. John

The Burroughs Cup is awarded to the young man who has entered most whole-heartedly and most widely into the sporting activities of the school. Consideration is given to sportsmanship, School spirit and an all-round interest in games.

The award is not necessarily for individual prowess, but rather for all-around participation, and the 2021 recipient is Prefect A. N. John.

John is a hard-working sportsman who has made the most of the opportunities given to him over his five years at Grammar.

In 2021, he was a vital member of the Under 18 Rowing squad and their success on the water. Accolades include the winning of the Auckland Championships in the Under 18 Four and Under 18 Eight, the winning of the North Island Championships in the Under 18 Four and Eight along with placing third in the Under 18 Pair.

At the Maadi Cup, he was part of the winning Under 18 Four crew that rowed to the second-fastest time in the history of the event to bring back the Springbok Shield. This winning effort was hours later backed up by an outstanding race in the regattas pinnacle event, the Under 18 Eight, where the crew powered through the field to finish second. 

John has also been a vital member of the 1st XV Rugby team. Here, Amiel epitomises the definition of a true teammate. In limited gameplay opportunities throughout the season, his commitment to the heavy training load and greater expectations placed on a premier sportsman never waned. His positivity in the squad reflected his high-quality character. 

There is no doubting his sporting talent, his work ethic, leadership-through-action, and humility have all contributed to his success during his time at Grammar. Earning selection into and competing weekly for two Premier sports teams throughout his senior years has been an outstanding achievement for John.

As a 2021 Prefect, his servant leadership is shown by his loyal and humble ability to get on with tasks and support others without seeking credit.

John is a young man that whole-heartedly competed in school sporting activities, giving his all, and has met the criteria of the Burroughs Cup – sportsmanship, School spirit, and all-around interest in sport.