Ryan, who is coached by Ryan Mallette at the High Performance Center in Victoria, proved that he belonged with the best of the best in the world.
Growing up in Victoria B.C., Ryan began swimming with his twin brother Devon in community swim lessons. After graduating from the program, he first became immersed in competitive swimming through a summer camp put on by the local swim club Island Swimming.
Now at the age of 27, Ryan is the Canadian record
holder in the 400m, 800m and 1500m Freestyle, and a two-time Olympic Medalist. Bronze in the 1500m at the 2008 Games in Beijing, and Silver in the same event at the 2012 Olympics in London. He has also been named Canadian Swimmer of the Year from 2008 - 2015.
Ryan shows no signs of letting up -- winning more medals for Canada at the 2015 World Championships and Pan American Games -- Most recently he represented Canada at his 3rd Olympic Games where he acted as team Captain.
As a distance athlete, Ryan has learned the true meaning of dedication, an extended work ethic, and how to balance life in the process. He’s also evolved as a true leader on the Canadian National team, which has allowed him to learn immensely from his team and present audiences with a compelling rhetoric about sport and life.
With the recent loss of his long time mentor and coach, Randy Bennett, Ryan learned how to deal with the uncertainty and anguish by relying on the positives found in his work environment; a notion that can be applied to many different job conflicts.
Endless miles in the pool provide Ryan with the base he needs to be one of the best in the world, but a true-life balance is what keeps him excelling in and out of the pool. This ideal of sacrifice is a keynote that Ryan presents to audiences in an inspirational, humorous and personal way.
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