Competed with the New Zealand squad at the 2011 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Amsterdam, collecting a silver medal in the Eight.
Member of the varsity eight … earned victories over No. 4 USC and No. 9 Notre Dame at the Lake Natoma Invitational … finished second in two races at the Oregon State Classic … in dual races at the Pac-12 Challenge, defeated No. 16 Louisville while losing to No. 3 Virginia … recorded a third place finish in the Championship 8+ at the Head of the Lake.
Recorded a fourth-place finish in the I Eight Petite Finals at the NCAA Championships … posted a fifth-place finish in the I Eight at the PAC-12 Championships … defeated Syracuse in a morning dual race and placed first in a five-team afternoon competition as part of the I Eight at the Oregon State Classic … won all three races with the Cardinal I Eight at the PAC-12 Women’s Challenge … came away with a third place finish in the Cardinal I Eight at the Lake Natoma Invitational … raced to a ninth-place finish in the Championship Eights at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston in a time of 17:10.135 … Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.
Took the year off to train with New Zealand women's four for the 2012 Olympics ... was final cut for the women's four lineup.
Member of All-Pac-10 rowing team ... CRCA first-team All-American ... chosen to CRCA All-West Region second team ... won bronze at the NCAA Championships and silver at the Pac-10 Championships with the Cardinal I Eight ... recorded an undefeated weekend at the Lake Natoma Invitational ... started the spring helping the Stanford I Eight defeat Virginia and UCLA at the PAC-10 Challenge … won the Head of the Oklahoma as the Cardinal Eight crossed the finish line nearly 17 seconds ahead of the next boat and finished second in the 500-meter sprint showcase … in the championship eight division, placed ninth at the Head of the Charles … Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.
A 2009 graduate of Rangi Ruru Girls' School in Christchurch, N.Z. ... rowed for Rangi Ruru for four years ... also rowed for Southern RPC Rowing Team from 2008-09 ... rows for various New Zealand national teams ... won four gold medals at the 2008 New Zealand National Rowing Championships (U18 Eight, U18, Four, U18 Pair, U18 Quad) ... competed in the women's coxless four at the 2008 Junior World Championships in Linz, Austria ... won four golds at the 2007 New Zealand National Schools Regatta (U18 Eight, U18 Four, U18 Quad, U17 Four) ... captured two golds (U16 Four, U16 Eight), a silver (U18 Eight) and a bronze (U18 Pair) at the 2006 New Zealand National Schools Regatta ... three-time winner of Rangi Ruru's Rowing Cup for Best Erg Score (2006-08), two-time winner for Elite Rowing Award (2007-08), and one-time winner of Most Outstanding Oarswoman (2008) ... earned Canterbury Secondary Schools Zonta Awards for Outstanding Team of Sportswomen (2008 - U18 Eight, 2007 - U18 Four) and Outstanding Female Athlete (2008) ... school earned New Zealand Star Trophy in 2006.
Born in Christchurch, New Zealand ... parents are John and Kathryn Dawson ... has one sibling, Sam ... majoring in psychology.