Ian Marsden

Ian attended a talent ID day for para-canoe in late 2012 where he was selected for the British programme. He soon showed his potential, becoming a medallist at both European and World Championships. He is the 2015 European Champion and 2014 World silver medallist in K1 200m KL1.

Having qualified the Paralympic quota place for GB at the 2016 World Championships, Ian won both KL1 races at the British Canoeing Paralympic selection trials to secure his place on ParalympicsGB in Rio, where para-canoe made its debut.

In the KL1 final, Ian finished in 51.220, 0.136 seconds off the gold won by Poland’s Jakub Tokarz to add to the two World and three European medals in his collection.

Ian started out as an non-disabled athlete representing Great Britain in Powerlifting and is a former European and World Powerlifting Champion and holder of three world records. He developed his impairment as a result of a sporting accident in 1992 and became a wheelchair user.

After a long spell in hospital, he discovered handcycling and went on to race on the European handcycling circuit where he became the first British male to win a podium position. However he developed problems with his neck and required extensive surgery. Whilst in hospital tests discovered he had a rare motor neuron condition which affected parts of his body.

Ian then moved on to target shooting and the 10m air rifle and was put on the fast track programme for London 2012, but further complications with his health meant he was not fit enough to compete. 

Major results

2016 Rio Paralympic Games
K1 200m KL1
Bronze
2015 ECA European Championships, Racice, Czech Republic
K1 200m KL1
Gold
2014 ICF World Championships, Moscow, Russia
K1 200m A
Silver

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