Ian Ferguson (canoeist)

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Ian Ferguson
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Personal information
Full name Ian Gordon Ferguson
Nickname(s) Ferg
Nationality New Zealand
Born (1952-06-20) June 20, 1952 (age 62)
Taumarunui
Sport
Sport Canoe racing
Event(s) canoe sprint
Partner Paul MacDonald
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992
Updated on 26 April 2012.

Ian Gordon Ferguson, MBE (born 20 July 1952), is New Zealand's most successful Olympian, competing in K1, K2, and K4 kayak events. He first competed at the Montreal, Canada Olympic Games in 1976 and again at Moscow, Russia Olympic Games in 1980.

Ian Ferguson was born in Taumarunui and was a successful sportsperson at school achieving in running and rugby. He was also good at water sports, becoming a Palmerston North Boys High School's swimming champion.[1]

At the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles he won three gold medals. In the same year he was named New Zealand sportsperson of the year.[2]

In the 1985 New Year Honours, Ferguson was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to canoeing.[3]

New Zealand's flagbearer at the opening ceremony of the 1988 Summer Olympics,[2] he went on to win another gold medal and a silver medal at that Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. He was the first New Zealander to compete in five Olympic Games and his four gold medals is still the New Zealand record for an individual haul at the Games.

In 1990 Ferguson started a kayak retail and hire business named Ferg's Kayaks.[1]

Ferguson also starred in the NZ TV show Clash of the Codes, having been in the winning team on two occasions.

As of 2009 Ferguson is fronting the campaign to build an international whitewater canoeing stadium in Manukau City. Ferguson and his sons would run the facility.[4]

Ferguson's son, Steven Ferguson, has also represented New Zealand at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, both in canoeing and swimming events.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ian Ferguson - Biography". ICMI. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  2. ^ a b "About CRNZ". Canoe Racing New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  3. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 49970, 28 December 1984. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Ferguson Plans Whitewater Course". New Zealand Herald. 2009-04-12. Retrieved 2009-04-26.