Stephen Bird

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Stephen Bird
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born (1988-05-11) 11 May 1988 (age 28)
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa[1]
Residence Perth, Western Australia,
Australia
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)[1]
Sport
Sport Canoeing
Event(s) Sprint canoe
Club Canning River Canoe Club[2]
Coached by Ramon Andersson[2]

Stephen Bird (born May 11, 1988 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) is a South African-born Australian sprint canoeist.[2][3] He is a three-time national champion (2010, 2011, and 2012) in the men's kayak doubles (200 m), and a member of the Canning River Canoe Club in Perth, Western Australia, under his personal coach Ramon Andersson.[2][4] Bird is also a commerce graduate at Curtin University.[4]

Bird qualified for the men's K-2 200 metres at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, by placing first from the 2012 ICF Oceania Qualification Tournament in Penrith, New South Wales.[5][6] Bird and his partner Jesse Phillips finished sixth in the final by four hundredths of a second (0.04) behind the Argentine pair Miguel Correa and Rubén Voisard, with a time of 35.315 seconds.[7][8]

Bird was the dominant K1 paddler in the Rio 2016 selection events, winning gold in the 2016 Oceania Championships in Adelaide in February, and again at the 2016 National Sprint Championships the following month.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Stephen Bird". rio2016.olympics.com.au. Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Stephen Bird". London 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Stephen Bird". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Australian Olympic Team – Stephen Bird". Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Phillips and Bird fly with a winning formula". Infostrada Sports (Oceania Canoe Federation). 4 March 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "London 2012 – Young guns win on bumper final day". Australian Olympic Committee. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Men's Kayak Double (K2) 200m Final A". London 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Russia destroy field to take men's K2 200". ABC News Australia. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 

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