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Ian Marsden

Ian Marsden

Paracanoe - Podium

Ian won a Bronze medal in the KL1 200m event at Paracanoe's debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. He is the 2017 European silver medallist and was 4th at the World Championships the same year.

Ian attended a talent ID day for Paracanoe in late 2012 where he was selected for the programme. He has since excelled, becoming a medallist at both European and World Championships since 2013. He is the 2015 European Champion and 2014 World silver medallists in K1 200m KL1.

Ian started out as an able-bodied athlete representing Team GB at Powerlifting and is a former European and World Powerlifting Champion and holder of three World Records. After a sporting accident in 1992, he became disabled and 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 posiition. During his successful handcycling career 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. Further complications with his health meant he was not fit enough to compete. He is now a full time athlete on the Paracanoe programme.


Date of Birth: 1972
Born: Stafford
Hometown: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Lives: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Occupation: Microbiologist / Athlete
Height / Weight: 1.70m / 68kg
Hobbies: Cycling, photography, travelling, motor sports


Class: Paracanoe - Men's K1 200m KL1
Paralympics: Rio 2016
Disability: Spinal injury
Paddling since: 2011
Club: Trentham Canoe Club
Coach: Matthew Lawrence
Boat Manufacturer: Plastex
Paddles Manufacturer: Jantex
Lottery Funding: UK Sport Podium Programme


Year Olympic Games World Championships European Championships World Cups National/Other
2019 Szeged:
KL1 200m - 6th
KL1 200m - 3rd
WC1 Poznan:
KL1 200m - 4th
2018 Montemor-o-Velho:
KL1 200m - 6th
WC1 Szeged:
KL1 200m - 5th
2017 Racice:
KL1 200m - 4th
KL1 200m - 2nd
2016 Rio:
KL1 200m-3rd
K1 200m - 4th
KL1 200m - 1st
2015 Milan:
KL1 200m – 10th
KL1 200m – 1st
2014 Moscow:
K1 200m A – 2nd
K1 200m A – 1st
2013 Duisburg:
K1 200m A – 2nd
K1 200m A – 2nd