Murray Stewart will be looking for his second Olympic gold when he competes in the K1 1000m in Rio. He has switched event, after winning a gold in K4 1000m in London.
At the start of 2012, Stewart stormed into the public eye with a run of top performances at the Olympic selection events, which saw him lining up for three races at the London 2012 Games. The highlight of his debut Olympic campaign was taking out gold in the K4 1000m alongside Clear, David Smith and Tate Smith. He was crowned the 2012 Australian canoeist of the year.
His family migrated from South Africa to Australia in 2000 when Stewart was 13. He started sprint kayaking in 2005 as a means for improving his surf ski paddling for his surf lifesaving competitions. Murray has competed and achieved at the highest level in sprint kayaking, surf lifesaving and ocean racing.
His Beijing Olympic dreams were shattered when he burst his appendix in 2007 in South Africa whilst competing in the Ocean Racing World Championships. He then fractured a spinal process and didn’t get back in his boat until 2008.
A love of the water runs in the family. His father, Robbie, was one of the top sprint, slalom and surf paddlers in South Africa during the 1970s and 80s. In 2011 Stewart completed a Masters of Architecture at the University of Sydney.
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Canoe/Kayak - Sprint
K1 1000m Men
Durban, South Africa
Sydney, NSW, Australia
- 2012 London – 1st (K4 1000m), 16th (K1 1000m), 17th (K1 200m)
- 1st (K4 1000) – 2016 National Sprint Championships (Perth, Australia)
- 1st (K4 1000) – 2016 Oceania Sprint Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
- 1st (K4 1000) – 2015 ICF World Cup 1 (Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal)
- 5th (K4 1000) – 2015 ICF World Cup 2 (Duisburg, Germany)
- 6th (K1 1000) – 2015 ICF World Championships (Milan, ITA)
- Winning gold in the K4 1000m at the London 2012 Olympic Games
- Bishops Prepartory School (Cape Town, South Africa)
- The Scots College (NSW, Australia)
- Bachelor Design in Architecture - University of Sydney (2006 - 2009), Masters of architecture - University of Sydney (2009 - 2012)
Tim Jacobs (2010 - current)
Manly Warringah Kayak Club
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
Gold Coast, Australia
- Favourite food
- Spinach Lasagne
- Favourite music
- Jack Johnson
- Dream car
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Something to eat
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Canoe/Kayak Slalom