Paul MacDonald

Olympic athlete

1960 –


Who is Paul MacDonald?

Christopher Paul MacDonald, MBE, is a New Zealand sprint canoer who competed from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. He is widely regarded as one of New Zealand's most successful international athletes and holds innumerable international speed records in canoeing.

Competing in three Summer Olympics, MacDonald won five medals. This included three golds, one silver, and one bronze

He also won six medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with three golds and three silvers.

In retirement from professional competition, MacDonald has produced many television sports events and programmes including Clash of the Codes and annually presents the Dragon Boat Festival.

In the 1988 New Year Honours, MacDonald was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to canoeing.

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Jan 8, 1960
New Zealand
Also known as
  • Christopher Paul MacDonald
  • New Zealand

on July 23, 2013


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