Stephen Bird

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Stephen Bird
Stephen Bird Rio2016.jpg
Bird at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born (1988-05-11) 11 May 1988 (age 29)
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa[1]
Residence Perth, Western Australia,
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)[1]
Sport Canoeing
Event(s) Sprint canoe
Club Canning River Canoe Club[2]
Coached by Ramon Andersson (personal)
Jimmy Owens (national)[3]

Stephen Bird (born 11 May 1988) is a South African-born Australian sprint canoeist.[2][4] 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][5]

Bird took up canoeing in 1996 in Richmond, South Africa, together with his brother. They used the kayaks left by his uncle, who immigrated to Australia that year. In 2007 his family also moved to Perth, Australia, where he studied commerce and psychology at the Curtin University.[3]

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.[6][7] 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.[8][9]

Bird was the dominant K-1 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] He placed eighth at the Rio Olympics.


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

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