David Ford (kayaker)

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David Ford
Medal record
Men's slalom canoeing
Representing  Canada
World Championships
Gold 1999 La Seu d'Urgell K-1
Silver 2003 Augsburg K-1

David Watson Ford (born March 23, 1967 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian slalom canoeist who has competed since the mid-1980s and is still actively competing. He is Canada's most successful slalom paddler.

Ford has won two medals in the K-1 event at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships. In 1999 he became the first non-European to win the World Championship title.[1] Ford followed up with a World Championship silver in 2003. In 2003 he also won the overall World Cup title in K-1.[2] He was named Male Athlete of the Year at the 2003 Canadian Sport Awards, and was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.[1]

Ford has competed in five Summer Olympics, earning a fourth-place finish in the K-1 event in Athens in 2004. He had a sixth-place finish in the same event in 2008 in Beijing.

On April 25, 2009, Ford married Canadian alpine skier Kelly VanderBeek. They have a son, Cooper.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Beck, Jason. "David Ford". BCSportsHallofFame.com. BC Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "David Ford". canoekayak.ca. Canoe Kayak Canada. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Kingston, Gary. "David Ford refuses to hang up his paddle". vancouversun.com. Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 26 August 2014.