Recently retired Manawatu Standard sports reporter Peter Lampp caught up with PNBHS Old Boy Ian Ferguson (1966 – 1971).
Of New Zealand’s more than 2500 schools, only Palmerston North Boys’ High School can boast an Olympian who has won four gold medals.
New Zealand’s most golden Olympian, kayaker Ian Ferguson was the first and only Kiwi to win two golds on a single day.
He says he has his four gold medals and his silver stored somewhere in his home in Auckland.
He also has two golds from world championships where he was runnerup in three more.
These days he is general manager of the $40 million Wero Whitewater Park in south Auckland, working alongside another Boys’ High old boy, Stu Dearlove.
Ferguson’s gold medal-winning haul might never be beaten. He attended five Olympic Games – from Montreal in 1976 as a 24 year old to Moscow, Los Angeles, Seoul and Barcelona in 1992.
By the time he got to Barcelona he was aged 40, but still reached the final of the K2 1000 metres.
Maybe Ferguson was destined to be an Olympian because as he revealed, he was born during the opening ceremony of the 1952 Helsinki Olympics in Finland. He also shares his July 20 birthday with the late Sir Edmund Hillary.