Alan Thompson
Inducted in 1996
Alan Thompson was one of the small band of canoeists who rewrote New Zealand Olympic history in the 1980s.
Sporting Category:
  • Canoeing
Thompson won the K1 1000 metres at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 and combined with Ian Ferguson, Paul MacDonald and Grant Bramwell to win the K4 1000 metres. Such successes were hard-earned and no flash-in-the-pan efforts.

Thompson had shown his promise at the Moscow Olympics four years earlier when he and Geoff Walker made the final of the K2 1000m and then in 1982 he won two silver medals at the world championships.

He competed at his third Olympics in Seoul in 1988 when he was sixth in the K1 1000m.

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