Dr. Ian Mackenzie – From marathon to sprint and back to marathon
I've always paddled in BC - I started with marathon racing in Kamloops with my family, then began sprint racing in 1985 with Team BC for the Canada Games in New Brunswick. Crazy fun that summer.
I bounced on and off the B-team for a few years, training on Burnaby Lake for a few years, before settling to marathon and a little surfski. I took a couple years away, went to med school and returned to racing after my training as a family doctor, and returned to the marathon national team.
I raced at eight world championships from 2005-2012, with my best finish being sixth in Senior Men's K1 in 2007 in Gyor, Hungary. I also got two podium finishes at world cups - both bronze; one in Denmark, one in Oklahoma City. I won the marathon K1 at Canadian Championships first in 1987, most recently I think in 2012 or so.
Otherwise, I've been working in family medicine and sports medicine - I was a national team doctor for Rowing Canada for six years. Sailing and rowing more than racing kayak the last few years, as well as hanging out with family in Victoria.
Awesome memories of first summer racing with the Penticton club, ripping around with Team BC and our coach Hugh Fisher in his old Corolla. Lots of fun racing memories - travelled a ton.