IAN MARSDEN

PARALYMPIAN

 GREAT BRITAIN

Sports Personality

OF THE YEAR – 2016 WINNER

Winning severn Sports Personality of the Year awards, including Disability class; in conjunction with Stafford Borough Council & City of Stoke-on-Trent. 

View BBC’s Mark Shardlow’s “Rio 2016: Ian Marsden’s journey from powerlifter to Paralympic hopeful on water”, for further information about Marsden’s sports career.

2016 Paralympic

Games

Rio, Brazil
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

2017 PROFILE

PARALYMPIAN

 IAN MARSDEN

ATHLETE PROFILE

DISCOVER IAN MARSDEN

My name is Ian Marsden. I was a member of the British Powerlifting Team for several years, and this is an account of my sporting career from when I was an able-bodied competitor to becoming a wheelchair athlete.

When I was, able bodied I won my first title at the British Open Powerlifting Championships in 1989. This started a major chain of wins, holding British and European titles, and breaking all the records for the teenage and junior classes.

My best achievement was in the World Championships in 1992 where I won the World and European title; and smashed three World, four European and six British records. I was named best lifter, also receiving special commendation from the Sports Council for my achievements over the years.

City of Stoke-on-Trent

Disabled sports personality of the year

Stafford Borough Council

Sports personality of the year

City of Stoke-on-Trent

Sports personality of the year

GAME PROFILE

PARALYMPIAN

 SPORTS & CHALLENGES

Belo Horizonte

The travel over to Brazil was long my first stop was Nottingham to meet up with some of my team mates. We then travelled to Heathrow to meet up with the rest of the team and flew to Lisbon in Portugal to make a transfer onwards to Belo Horizonte. We travelled in...

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HANDCYLING

INJURY TO UK NUMBER ONE

I suffered a spinal injury, which resulted in me becoming wheelchair bound. Since then I dreamed of competing at international level again and discovered handcycling. This enables wheelchair bound athletes to cycle at high speeds in specially-designed handcycles. These use upper body power and arm strength to steer and race the bikes. I have raced handbikes internationally for over seven years, representing Great Britain on many occasions.

Handcycling is very big in Europe, and has its own European Handcycling Circuit (EHC). This circuit consists usually of up to 10 races around Europe, and you will often see over 150 riders on the start line.

SHOOTING

TAKING THE BRONZE & SILVER

But when I was in Hospital I had a plan in case it all went wrong, I did some reading and made a few contacts about Paralympic 10 meter target Air Rifle shooting.

When I left Hospital I started training at Rugeley Rifle club who helped me a lot. I did my first competition and won my class, due to this I was talent spotted by the GB Paralympics Team and was asked to join the 2012 Fast Track Talent Programme in London.

During my shooting career I represented Great Britain several times, winning a Silver in the individual falling target 10m and Bronze in the team 10m prone.

CANOEING

PARACANOE GB: SPRINT TEAM

During my shooting career I was asked if I would like to attend a talent ID day for Paracanoe in Nottingham. I had been asked before when I was handcycling, but did not have the time. After I attended the talent ID day I was asked if I would like to attend regular training at Nottingham, which I took up the offer.

I am now part of the Paracanoe GB sprint team and have represented GB since 2013 winning Silver at the Europeans in 200 meter sprint, and in the same year Silver at the World championships. In 2014 and 2015 I won Gold at the European championships and Silver at the World championships in 2014 which were held in Moscow. This year I achieved bronze in the 2016 Paralympics.

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