Olympians from Red Beach club ranks

31st December 2011

It’s a little known fact that there are nine Red Beach surf club members, past and present, who have competed at the Olympic Games.

All have represented New Zealand in kayaking, while Steven Ferguson has also represented his country in swimming. Ferguson, along with older brother Alan, was a member of the club’s JuniorSurf division for three seasons in the early-nineties.   Those to have worn the Silver Fern are:

Don Cooper & John Leonard (both in 1976), Ian Ferguson (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992), Edwin Richards (1984), Stephen Richards & John MacDonald (1988, 1992), Mark Scheib (1992), Steven Ferguson (swimming 2000, kayaking 2004, 2008).  Red Beach's very first female Olympian was Erin Taylor, above, who competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. She joined the club's JuniorSurf ranks at the age of 12 and went on to become a top competitor in surf lifesaving.