I'm a firm believer that everyone should have access to sports because it not only allows people to have fun and chase a passion but it teaches skills that are fundamental later on in life.
Ryan Is a former Humboldt Bronco, current Team Alberta para-ice hockey member and a hopeful for the 2026 Team Canada para-ice hockey team.
He attends physiotherapy regularly to achieve his dream of walking again someday. Through his commitment and determination, he is making progress at each and every session.
Ryan’s journey has not been an easy one. He understands that each and every day will be a battle not just physically, but mentally as well.
He enjoys public speaking where he spreads messages of positivity and motivation to those looking for ways to adapt and change their lives for the better.
Ryan has received incredible support from around the world and recently started the Straz Strong Foundation.
Through his foundation Ryan hopes to give back to the disabled community. His dream is to one day live in a world where people with both mental and physical disabilities can have a better quality of life through adaptive sports, gain access to inexpensive rehabilitation, and increase social awareness for those who have a limited understanding of how life is for someone with a disability.