Ian Ferguson (canoeist)
|Full name||Ian Gordon Ferguson|
|Born||20 June 1952|
Taumarunui, New Zealand
|Relatives||Steven Ferguson (son)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Olympic finals||1980, 1984, 1988, 1992|
Early life and family
Ferguson was born in Taumarunui on 20 July 1952, the son of Gilbert and Winsome Ferguson. He was educated at Palmerston North Boys' High School, and was an all-round sportsperson, achieving in running and rugby union, and becoming the school swimming champion. Ferguson studied at Victoria University of Wellington, completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree in 1976.
In 1973, Ferguson married his wife, Alyson, and the couple went on to have two children.
Sporting career and honours
New Zealand's flagbearer at the opening ceremony of the 1988 Summer Olympics, 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.
Post professional sports
In 1990 Ferguson started a kayak retail and hire business named Ferg's Kayaks.
Ferguson also starred in the NZ TV show Clash of the Codes, having been in the winning team on two occasions.
Ferguson's son, Steven Ferguson, has also represented New Zealand at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, both in canoeing and swimming events.
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| New Zealand's Sportsman of the Year
| Lonsdale Cup of the New Zealand Olympic Committee
1985 (with: Paul MacDonald)
David Barnes and Hamish Willcox
himself and Paul MacDonald