National Teams

Para-Swimming Team

Samantha Ryan

  • Age 24
  • Height 167.64 cm / 5 ftin
  • Club High Performance Centre – Québec
  • Coach Mike Thompson
  • Hometown Saskatoon, SK
  • Residence Saskatoon, SK
  • Event 50 FR, 100 FR, 400 FR, 100 BR, 100 FL, 100 BR, 200 IM

National Team Highlights

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games1
Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games1
Pasadena 2014 Pan Pacific Para Championships2

Samantha’s Bio

  • At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Ryan made her first Paralympic final in the 100-m butterfly, finishing 5th in Canadian record time.
  • Ryan also swam in the 100-m freestyle and 50-m freestyle, finishing 17th and 18th.
  • At the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Ryan finished seventh in the SM10 200-m individual medley in a personal best time.
  • Won the multi-class 100-m butterfly at the 2016 Olympic & Para-swimming Trials with a time that ranked seventh in the world in the S10 class to qualify for her first Paralympic Games.
  • Ryan swam in seven events, winning silver in the 100-m butterfly competing in her first Parapan Am Games.
  • She was 5th in the 100-m butterfly at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • At the 2015 Speedo Can Am Para-swimming Championships in Toronto Ryan reached the podium three times. She was second in the 200-metre individual medley and 100-m butterfly. She also was third in the 100-m butterfly.
  • At age 15, Ryan was the youngest member on Team Canada at the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships in Pasadena, Calif. She collected bronze medals in the 100-m butterfly and 200-m individual medley in addition to reaching five other finals.
  • In 2013, Ryan won five medals for Team Saskatchewan at the Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que. She earned gold in the 100-m butterfly and 50-m freestyle and silver in the 400-m freestyle, 50-m backstroke and 100-m backstroke.
  • One of Ryan’s rituals is to always step onto the starting block with her right foot first.
  • Ryan has a condition known as drop foot, which makes it difficult for her to fully control her feet.
  • Born in Staffordshire, UK.
  • Always steps onto the starting block with her right foot.
Quick Facts
  • Instagram: @samm.ryan
  • Favourite Book: The Fault in our Stars
  • Favourie TV Show: House
  • Favourite Actor/Actress: Johnny Depp
  • Favourite Band: Passenger
  • Music behind the blocks: fast, catchy music
  • Favourite Restaurant: Earl’s
  • Pre-race meal: Chicken:
  • Guilty pleasure: Fudgsicles

Samantha’s Personal Bests

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100m Freestyle25mKemp Fry AUS Invitational
50m Freestyle25mKemp Fry AUS Invitational
100m Butterfly25mKemp Fry AUS Invitational
50m Butterfly25mKemp Fry AUS Invitational
50m Butterfly50mCanadian Swimming Championships
100m Freestyle50mCoupe du Quebec (Senior et PARA) - Ete1
100m Butterfly50mCoupe du Quebec (Senior et PARA) - Ete1
200m Medley50mCanadian Swimming Trials
50m Freestyle50mPara-Swimming Canadian Open
200m Butterfly25mMan/Sask SC Provincial Championships
100m Backstroke25mFall Break Out
50m Backstroke50mCan Am Para-swimming Championships
100m Butterfly Laps50mMel Zajac InternationalRELAY
200m Butterfly50mMel Zajac International
200m Freestyle50mMel Zajac International
100m Backstroke50mCanadian Para-swimming Trials
400m Freestyle25mManSask Open Championships
200m Medley25mManSask Open Championships
100m Medley25mGoldfins Brainsport Winter Classic
50m Butterfly Laps25mGoldfins Brainsport Winter ClassicRELAY
200m Freestyle25mGoldfins Brainsport Winter Classic
100m Freestyle Laps50mUS Paralympics Swimming 2015 Can-Am OpenRELAY
200m Backstroke25mCascade Speed Meet
400m Freestyle50mParapan American Games
100m Breaststroke50mParapan American Games
200m Breaststroke25mGoldfins 2nd Annual Winter Classic
400m Medley50mCan AM Para-swimming Championships
400m Medley25mGoldfins Swim Club 38th Annual Invitational Open Swim Meet
800m Freestyle25mGoldfins Swim Club 38th Annual Invitational Open Swim Meet
50m Freestyle Laps50mGolden Plains InvitationalRELAY
200m Backstroke50mGolden Plains Invitational
50m Breaststroke50m5th Annual Prospects West Tri-Meet
50m Freestyle Laps25mLittle Caesars Winter ClassicRELAY
100m Breaststroke25mLittle Caesars Winter Classic
50m Breaststroke25mLittle Caesars Winter Classic
50m Backstroke25mGoldfins Swim Club 37th Annual Invitational Open Swim MeetRELAY
1500m Freestyle25mGoldfins Swim Club 37th Annual Invitational Open Swim Meet
800m Freestyle50m4th Annual Michelle Moore/ Canada Games Trials