Ryan learnt how to swim at the age of 10 where he quickly developed to qualify for his first state age championships at the age of 12. In the years to follow he competed at state and national age and open level in the 400m and 1500m Freestyle, 200m Fly, 200m Breaststroke and 200m IM. In 2006, Ryan began teaching learn to swim and coaching mini squads, which he continued for the next 6 years. Ryan finished his own swimming career at age 19 and began studying PD/H/PE teaching at University. After 2 years out of the water, and missing competitive swimming, he made the decision to progress from learn to swim. Ryan became a competitive coach with his local swimming club to continue his passion of competitive swimming in a different capacity.
Ryan spent four years as assistant coach, during which time he trained swimmers from junior level squads through to junior and age state level competitors. His passion continued to grow for competitive swimming. After completing his Physical Education degree, Ryan made the decision to return to University and undertake a Sports and Exercise Science degree with the aim of becoming a high-performance coach. In 2016 he took on the role of national age head coach where he was able to apply his skills and knowledge and help swimmers achieve at a state and national age level.
- Bronze Licence Coach
- Former State/National Age and Open Swimmer
- Bachelor’s degree in health science (PD/H/PE, Sports and Exercise Science)
- Total of 15 years’ experience teaching and coaching in aquatics and water safety
- Coached swimmers to Junior State medallists and record holder
- Coached swimmers to Junior Sharks team
- Coached 3 swimmers to Emerging Talent Squad
- Coached swimmers to Senior State gold, silver and bronze medallists
- 4 years as area development coach
- Coached National Age finalists (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
- Coached State team qualifiers (2016, 2017, 2018)