Ian Borrows booked his ticket to his debut Olympics in Rio when he defeated London Olympian Robin Jeffery for selection, by winning two of three Olympic selection trials in February 2016.
Borrows finished an agonising 0.09 of a second outside qualifying for the 10-man final in the C1 event at the Deodoro Whitewater Stadium.
The sixth man to hit the water in the 14-man semi-final, Borrows had to watch on as paddler after paddler bettered his time of 101.32 seconds.
Borrows consistently made the semifinals at each of the ICF World Cups in 2014 and won gold at the 2014 Australian Open in Penrith
As a 10-year-old in 2000, Borrows traveled to Penrith to watch the slalom at the Sydney Olympics, which ignited his paddling passion. He was then selected to represent Australia at the 2005 Australian Youth Olympics Festival at age 16 in the K1 event.