Frederick William Edwards
(F. W. Edwards / The Edwards Studio)
Queen & Victoria Streets
Fred Edwards. Departing somewhat from our ordinary custom, we now present our readers with a portrait of an athlete of another order. Fred W. Edwards is about one of the best and most popular athletes in Auckland, and he is deservedly so, for a more genial fellow it would be difficult to find. In height he stands 5ft 11 inches, but his upright carriage would lead one to suppose he was taller. He weighs 12st 8lbs when in condition, and is a fine man. Fred, who is a native of Victoria, is best known in aquatic and gymnastic circles, and his rowing career began with the North Shore Sowing Club, and then Ponsonby, with whom he has won races. Leaving the last named club, he threw in his lot with the West End Club, of which he is captain. During his rowing career he has participated in many victories, as his medals go to prove. Amongst other wins, he was stroke of the winning crew in the Senior Bonafide Amateurs, and has rowed stroke for the past four years. He also stroked the Senior Amateurs to victory, now known as the Champion Gig Race. But he is far better known as the leading pupil in Professor Carrollo's and his classmates all unite in voting him a first-class fellow, and one who is ever ready to assist a beginner. Fred carried off the gold medal for the gymnasium championship in 1885, and in 1886 he lost it by one point. In 1887 he again won it, and the present year he did not compete, having to fulfill the duties of judge and beside the above, he is a real good footballer, being one of our rising men and one whose career the Rugby Union are carefully watching. By occupation Mr Edwards is a photographer, having the management of Bartlett's studio.