Ian Ferguson (canoeist)

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Ian Ferguson
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Personal information
Full nameIan Gordon Ferguson
NationalityNew Zealand
Born (1953-06-20) 20 June 1953 (age 66)
SportCanoe racing
Event(s)canoe sprint
PartnerPaul MacDonald
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals1980, 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.

Early life[edit]

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]

Sporting career and honours[edit]

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. His five Olympic medals is the record for the most Olympic medals won by a New Zealander, a record he shares with fellow canoeist Paul MacDonald, and equestrian Mark Todd.[4]

Post professional sports[edit]

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.[5]

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


  1. ^ a b "Ian Ferguson – Biography". ICMI. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b "About CRNZ". Canoe Racing New Zealand. Archived from the original on 26 June 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  3. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 49970, 28 December 1984. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Sir Mark Todd overcome with emotion at prospect of sixth Olympic equestrian medal". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Ferguson Plans Whitewater Course". The New Zealand Herald. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
Preceded by
Rebecca Perrott
Lonsdale Cup of the New Zealand Olympic Committee
1985 (with: Paul MacDonald)
Succeeded by
Anthony Cuff
Preceded by
David Barnes and Hamish Willcox
Succeeded by
himself and Paul MacDonald
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Anthony Mosse