Today our Bobcat spotlight shines on Class of 2018 grad, Brewster Lifer, and Day Student Dawson Allwine, currently a senior at San Diego State University majoring in Recreation and Tourism Management with minors in Business and Sustainability. He’s the president of the University’s Ski and Snowboard team, and competed in March 2022 in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championship at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y. There, 548 participants from nearly 55 colleges and universities across the country competed in alpine, snowboard, and Nordic events. Dawson took on five events: Men’s Snowboard Boarder Cross, Men’s Snowboard Slalom, Men’s Snowboard Giant Slalom, Men’s Snowboard Rail Jam, and Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle. In the Men’s Rail Jam, he placed ninth, earning 2nd Team All American status. And in Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle he took the bronze medal, gaining 1st Team All American Status. With those combined results, Dawson placed ninth in Overall Men’s Snowboard Freestyle. His San Diego State team also placed third in the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle event.
Dawson started out as a skier, but when his older brother Dylan gave up snowboarding after an injury, a very young Dawson decided to give the unused board a try. At Brewster, he served as Captain and earned the Coach’s Award and Most Valuable Rider Award on Coach Kyle Reynolds’ Snowboard Team. (He also earned the Coaches’ Award for Cross Country in 2014.) An honor roll student and 2018 National Honor Society inductee, Dawson also made strides in photography while on our campus.
“Dawson was highly motivated to improve, always pushing himself and encouraging his team to stretch their limits. He started as a freshman who rode very tall (meaning we needed to compress that tall frame for balance and agility), and finished as a league leader, captaining a boys team that was near the top of the Lakes Region,” Coach Reynolds said recently. “He was a rare success in multiple disciplines: racing, slopestyle, and rail jam formats. Besides being a fantastic leader, he made our daily bus trips more fun, making the best of any conditions, and always thrilled just to be on the hill.”
Dawson exemplifies the leadership, resilience, and innovation Brewster students are known for: When his coach at San Diego State University was not able to attend the recent Nationals, Dawson stepped into those duties at the competition. During the height COVID when his classes were online, Dawson shifted gears and spent part of that time at home in the Granite State, working as a Snowboard Instructor at Gunstock Mountain and completing a course to be certified as a Snowboard Instructor through AASI. While at Brewster, he built a turf snowboarding “park” so he could practice tricks even when there was no snow—which he then donated to the Bobcat team (that still uses is to this day!).
We offer our congratulations to Dawson and all he has achieved in his sport and at his school!
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