Ian Ferguson (canoeist)
|Full name||Ian Gordon Ferguson|
|Born||20 June 1953|
|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.
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.
- "Ian Ferguson – Biography". ICMI. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
- "About CRNZ". Canoe Racing New Zealand. Archived from the original on 26 June 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
- London Gazette (supplement), No. 49970, 28 December 1984. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- "Sir Mark Todd overcome with emotion at prospect of sixth Olympic equestrian medal". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
- "Ferguson Plans Whitewater Course". The New Zealand Herald. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2009.
- ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 1: flatwater (now sprint): 1936–2007 at WebCite (archived 21 January 2009). Additional archives: Wayback Machine.
- ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 2: rest of flatwater (now sprint) and remaining canoeing disciplines: 1936–2007 at WebCite (archived 9 November 2009)
- Profile on New Zealand Olympic Committee
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Ian Ferguson". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011.
| Lonsdale Cup of the New Zealand Olympic Committee
1985 (with: Paul MacDonald)
David Barnes and Hamish Willcox
himself and Paul MacDonald