DAWKINS Edward < Back  
Sport Cycling - Track
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Men
Born 11 Jul 1989 in Invercargill, NZL
Height1.85 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Alysha
Residence Cambridge, NZL
Occupation Business Owner, Coach
Languages English
Higher education Sport and Recreation Studies - Southern Institute of Technology: Invercargill, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He became involved in competitive cycling at age 11.
Why this sport? A friend introduced him to the sport.
General Interest
Nicknames Big Dawk, Eddie (ONS, 08 Aug 2016; cyclingnewzealand.nz, 06 Mar 2016)
Hobbies Spending time with friends, listening to music, playing pool. (Facebook page, 25 Apr 2020)
Most influential person in career His parents. (nowtolove.co.nz, 17 Dec 2014)
Injuries He had a groin injury in March 2014. (stuff.co.nz, 07 Mar 2014)

In 2011 he suffered serious bruising and internal bleeding after a crash in Tula, Russian Federation. (stuff.co.nz, 19 Nov 2011)

At age 15 he cycled into a parked car and fractured his knee cap. (cyclingsouth.org.nz, 26 May 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger." [Friedrich Nietzsche] (Facebook profile, 07 Sep 2010)
Awards and honours He was named the 2017 Elite Rider of the Year at the Cycling Southland Awards in New Zealand. (stuff.co.nz, 22 Sep 2017)

He was named Cycling New Zealand's Face of the Year in 2016. (stuff.co.nz, 22 Sep 2017)

He was named the 2015 Male Track Cyclist of the Year in New Zealand. (stuff.co.nz, 14 Feb 2016)
Other information RETIREMENT
In April 2020 he announced his retirement from the sport after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. "My wife and I have been working on what is next for us and we are excited for the next adventure and tackling it together. I wanted to commit everything I had into one last Olympic campaign. To now face a further year on top of that, and with no certainty even then, is a step too far for me. If I can't give my heart and soul to this, to continue to improve and get faster, then anything less would be letting myself down and above all else, letting my teammates down." (stuff.co.nz, 24 Apr 2020)

OCCUPATION
He owns the Dawkins Performance coaching business. "A couple of years ago I decided I wanted to start giving a bit back, rather than just being an athlete, give back to the next generation or anyone wanting to go down a path of trying to become a sprinter. It's great. I like the development side of it, I like seeing the athletes progressing, I like coming up with new ways of training with them and seeing what suits different types of individuals. Everyone can do squats and starts and things like that, but it's getting the combination right for each individual to get the best out of them." (stuff.co.nz, 08 Apr 2020)