Ian Ferguson (canoeist)
|Full name||Ian Gordon Ferguson|
June 20, 1952 |
|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.
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.
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. Retrieved 2012-04-27.
- "About CRNZ". Canoe Racing New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
- London Gazette (supplement), No. 49970, 28 December 1984. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- "Ferguson Plans Whitewater Course". New Zealand Herald. 2009-04-12. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
- ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships - Part 1: flatwater (now sprint): 1936-2007.
- ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships - Part 2: rest of flatwater (now sprint) and remaining canoeing disciplines: 1936-2007.
- Profile on New Zealand Olympic Committee
- Sports-reference.com profile