Who is Ferg?
Ian Ferguson is New Zealand's most successful athlete. He has won 4 Olympic gold medals and a silver, plus 5 World Championship medals for kayaking. He raced singles, doubles and fours, but was most famous as the Ferg and Macka duo with his doubles partner Paul MacDonald.
In 1996 Ferg was awarded the Olympian of the Century award by New Zealand's Olympic Association. No wonder as he also competed in 5 Olympic Games.
Ferg has continued his kayaking career by forming and coaching the New Zealand Kayak Squad which includes Ben Fouhy and Ferg's son Steven Ferguson. New Zealand kayaking is now going through a renaissance of the 80's with a highly charged NZ squad going for Beijing.
Ferg willingly helps anyone who wishes to do Sprint racing, but is also available for one on one coaching with anyone who wants to go faster in their kayak.
Ferg's one hour 'Intro to Technique'; is World Famous in NZ for making an honest paddler out of you.
Ferg and his wife Aly are the proud owner's of Fergs Kayaks. It is their dream to see kayaking and other adventure activities easily accessible to anyone and everyone. Fergs Kayaks is a special business in that respect, all of Ferg's staff share his vision to help anyone get a taste of the sport that he is passionate about.
Well the first regatta is over and not too bad results for my guys.
They were like most of the NZ team, struggling to find form after the long trip over.
The first day nearly killed them with all the hard racing they had.
Saturday they were really sore but managed to hang on for a fifth place in the 1000meter K2
Much to their surprise they had a lot more energy today when they raced and showed really good form to lead from the start to the 300 mark and then the wheels fell off when they tried to do a kick at the end and 3 boats pushed pass them. But I was happy as they showed they have the speed to be in with the big boys and now we just have to do some really good hard sessions over the next 2 weeks and I think we can start looking for medals.
It has been rather hard to get any decent training in as the weather has been too cold to risk pushing too hard while still recovering from the trip.
We did learn that this year is a biggy and lots of teams have improved over the last year.
Bring it on at Racice.