Ryan is a former international football player who was identified as a potential triathlete through a British Triathlon Talent ID day in 2014. He played in the England Cerebral Palsy Football team as a wing back and now competes as a PTS3 Paratriathlete. He competed for ParalympicsGB at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
He was part of the England Talent squad before joining the UK Sport Lottery Funded Squad in 2015. His break through race was the ITU World Championships in Chicago, where he won bronze. Despite falling off his bike on a corner, he got back up and was able to overtake other athletes on the run to ensure a place on the podium.
Ryan often has to overcome a deficit after the swim, but is one of the strongest runners in his class.
Ryan is from Derby but is now lives and trains full time at the Loughborough Triathlon Performance Centre. He has cerebral palsy, affecting his right side and uses an adapted bike with the gear and brake controls on the left. He finished 6th in the Rio Paralympic Games, his first paralympics.