For over a decade, Ryan proved that he was a force internationally and a leader on the Canadian Olympic Team.
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.
Between 2005 - 2018, Ryan represented Canada at every international event. He is currently 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 was also named Canadian Swimmer of the Year from 2008 - 2015, and Canadian Team captain from 2013 - 2016.
As a distance athlete, Ryan learned the true meaning of dedication, an extended work ethic, and how to balance life in the process. He evolved as a vocal leader on the Canadian team, while at the same time learning immensely from the team around him. These events help Ryan present audiences with a compelling rhetoric about life both in and out of sport.
With the loss of his long time mentor and coach, Randy Bennett, Ryan was forced to deal with the uncertainty and anguish by relying on the positives found in his own work environment. While these obstacles undoubtedly occur, realizing how to overcome them and continue to drive towards success are topics Ryan is very passionate about.
Endless miles in the pool provided him with the base he needed to be one of the best in the world, but a true-life balance is what kept 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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