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MARSDEN Ian
Sport Para Canoe Sprint, Para-Cycling, Para powerlifting, Shooting Para sport
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age48
Place of BirthStafford, ENG
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
KL1
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Maya, three children
Residence
England
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began racing in canoe competitions in 2012.
Why this sport?
He was previously involved in powerlifting, cycling and shooting. In 2012 he was invited to attend a talent identification day for Para canoe in Nottingham, England. "I realised that I would no longer be able to compete in hand cycling at international level and it was time to look for yet another sport. I didn't want to give up on sport. Someone told me about Para canoeing. The cycling and powerlifting work quite well with Para canoe - the gym work, the power and strength, and then you have the endurance and speed work on the bike."
Club / Team
Trentham Canoe Club: Stoke-on-Trent, ENG
Name of coach
Scott Simon [national], GBR
General Interest
Hobbies
Cycling, photography, travelling, motor sport. (britishcanoeing.org.uk, 27 Aug 2017)
Injuries
He underwent neck surgery after he was diagnosed with a motor neurone condition. He had metal plates and a carbon cage inserted to rebuild damage to the cervical spine. (ianmarsden.com, 31 Mar 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named 2016 Para Sports Personality of the Year in Stoke-on-Trent, England. (stokesentinel.co.uk, 15 Sep 2016)

He was named Male Sports Personality of the Year and received the Inspirational Achiever Award at the 2010 Stoke-on-Trent Sports Personality Awards in England. (6towns.co.uk, 26 Oct 2010)
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied powerlifting at international level. Since his injury he has represented Great Britain in handcycling and shooting Para sport. (thisisstaffordshire.co.uk, 24 May 2012; ianmarsden.com, 01 Jul 2011)
Ambitions
To win a gold or silver medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sports-insight.co.uk, 22 Jun 2018)
Impairment
He has used a wheelchair since sustaining a spinal injury in 1992. In 2009 he was taken to hospital for what he believed to be a prolapse of the neck but doctors diagnosed a rare motor neurone condition that affects the brain and the strength in his arm and legs. This meant he could no longer compete as a powerlifter or handcyclist. (britishcanoeing.org.uk, 27 Aug 2017; ianmarsden.com, 01 Jul 2011)
Other information
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
He has worked as a motivational speaker and delivers talks in schools and hospitals, recounting his experience as a Para athlete. His aim is to inspire others with impairments to try sport as part of their recovery. "It's important to get into places like hospital spinal units and encourage people to use sport as part of their rehab. Many Paralympians started that way - taking up sport to aid their recovery and then finding that they liked it and were good at it. The good news is that there are so many more organisations now who can help people rehabilitate themselves through sport and exercise. Twenty years ago, when I did my back in, things were very different - you were told to lie down and rest. Today everything is keyed to keeping you motivated and on the move." (sports-insight.co.uk, 22 Jun 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Road World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
26 2007 HCC - Time Trial 18:53
  2007 HCC - Road Race  DNS
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para Canoe Sprint
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 Kayak single KL1 200m 51.220
World Championships - Para Canoe Sprint
Rank Year Event Result
10 2015 Kayak single KL1 200m 55.263
4 2016 Kayak single KL1 200m 52.312
4 2017 Kayak single KL1 200m 49.605
6 2018 Kayak single KL1 200m 53.271
6 2019 Kayak single KL1 200m 48.07
European Championships - Para Canoe Sprint
Rank Year Event Result
2 2013 K1 200m A 57.350
1 2015 Kayak single KL1 200m 52.844 
2 2017 Kayak single KL1 200m 48.904
3 2019 Kayak single KL1 200m 52.493