Ian started racing as a young age group cyclist in 1973 and in sports governance at the Univeristy of Sydney in 1984.

From 1996 to 2006 he accumulated 10 world championship wins, 22 world championship podium finishes and Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the ESPN X-Games.

He is a three time Guinness world record holder for endurance kayaking (262 miles in 24 hours) and has competed internationally in adventure racing, triathlon, canoeing, kayaking, orienteering and sailing.

He was a founding member of Team Nike, the world's most successful adventure racing team, featured on the Eco-Challenge and other television shows from 1995 through 2007. Ian continues to participate in OCR and endurance sports as an age group athlete.


During his ten years in the implantable medical device industry, Ian started Reflex Medical Products, Inc. and continued as COO for five year. In 1996 he started his own project management consulting business adding event and television production in 1999. 

From 1996 through 2003 Ian was a principal and executive at Presidio Adventure Training Academy in San Francisco and Corporate Teams in Golden, Colorado. He has been a guest lecturer in the graduate schools of business at the University of Colorado, Boulder, UC Denver, Denver University and Arizona State University since 1998.

Ian worked at Newton Running Company from 2007 to 2014 as Director of Research & Product development, and later Director of Medical & Education.


Ian's production career started in 1988 at the Australian University Canoe Championships, then internationally in 1999, contracting to International Management Group as a course and technical director for complex multi-sport races. Since then he has produced and directed dozens of athletic events and television shows world wide.

In 2001 Ian partnered with television producers who had supervised Mark Burnett’s Eco-Challenge and Survivor and continues to work in the television industry as a producer, director, host and talent.

Ian is President of World OCR, the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO). World OCR is the world governing body for obstacle course racing (OCR) and related disciplines.