Ryan has been swimming since he was five years old, and started racing for Dovercourt Swimming Club in Essex when he was 11 years old. Inspired by a meeting with Olympic swimmer James Hickman, Ryan continued to progress, joining Colchester Pheonix to race nationally.
Aged 11, Ryan was talent spotted by British Swimming and eventually moved his training to Team Ipswich under coach Dave Champion. His international debut soon followed, at the 2008 Danish Open. While missing qualification for London 2012, Ryan remained committed to the sport despite a number of health issues. The hard work and persistence paid off when Ryan, who is self-coached, hit the qualification times for Rio 2016 in the 50m freestyle S9 at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in April 2016, securing a place at his first Paralympic Games.
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