July 25th, 2012
02:52 AM ET

New Zealand kayaker to be judged by mom at Olympics

For the Dawsons of Tauranga, New Zealand, the canoe slalom event at the London Olympics will be a family affair.

Mike Dawson, who is competing in the men's kayak class, will not just be trying to impress his father, who coaches him, or his brother and sister, who will be watching from the crowd. He will also need to ensure he doesn't incur the disapproval of his mother, Kay, who is one of the judges at the event.

The idea of a mother officiating in a competition in which her son is participating may strike some as a little unfair, but the Dawsons and the New Zealand Canoe Federation are eager to stress there's no scope for special treatment in this case.

"The only real advantage mum can give me is her presence at what will be my biggest race ever," said Mike Dawson, who is competing in the Olympics for the first time after finishing 16th in the canoe slalom world championships in Slovakia last year.

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  1. banasy©

    They can call it whatver they like, but it still smacks of conflict-of-interest, and she would have been at the event regardless, so....
    If he wins the gold, or medals at all, it's always going to be at the back of people's minds: "Mommy helped him win."

    July 25, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. TooTough

    Incredible.

    July 27, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |