Congratulations to Mark Paston!
The All-Whites recently returned from a very successful World-Cup campaign, drawing with Italy, Slovakia and Paraguay to go undefeated. New Zealand soccer was thrust into the limelight when a late equaliser against Slovakia gave them an unexpected draw. This was followed up with an outstanding draw against the reigning world champions, Italy.
One player in particular had a fantastic tournament, including numerous critical saves against Italy. He is Mark Paston, who in 2001 graduated from VUW with a BSc in Computer Science (COMP) and Electronic and Computer Systems (ELCO). Mark was also critical in the qualifying game against Bahrain, playing in Wellington, where he saved a crucial penalty shot.
Staff recall that Mark was a good student during his time at VUW. One of his lecturers commented that "He was playing for Napier City Rovers at the time, and had to miss the odd lab for football training. But, he was definitely the most co-ordinated physics student I've seen!"
The School of Engineering and Computer Science would like to congratulate Mark, and the rest of the All Whites, for a great sporting achievement and to wish them all well in the future.