Ryan humbled by winning six gold medals

Ryan humbled by winning six gold medals

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Ryan was proud, but humble about his six-gold-medal tally at the Australian Surf Life Saving Adaptive National Championships in Queensland.

If you think you can’t do it, just remember Ryan Grant’s recent achievements at the Australian Surf Life Saving Adaptive National Championships in Queensland.

Last month, the Canning Vale 16-year-old took out no less than six gold medals blitzing the competition.

Ryan, who has autism, was also the first person with a disability from the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club to take part in the national competition.

During the competition Ryan’s dedication never wavered winning him the U17 Male 1km Beach Run, the U17 Male Beach Flags, U17 Male Beach Sprint 70m, U17 Male Board Race, U17 Male Surf Race and the U17 Male Wade Race.

Ryan’s mum Cara Grant said everyone was thrilled with his achievements.

“I think the secret to Ryans success is having good role models and supportive people around him,” she said.

“Not just us, his parents, but his coaches and mentors for Surf Life Saving, Rugby and Basketball. Always offering encouragement and cheering him on.”

Always the humble achiever, Ryan took his medal tally in his stride.

“Ryan doesn’t brag about his medals,” mum Cara said.

“That’s just not who he is. But he does like to win and do well for his coaches and everyone else.

“It was a real thrill to see Ryan do so well.

“Everyone seemed genuinely thrilled the Adaptive events were being held for the first time this year.  The crowd there was great, everyone so friendly,” she said.

Ryan is now looking forward to competing in The Aussies Surf Life Saving Competition in 2025 on the Gold Coast.