Doug Ripley

Doug Ripley is a veteran goalball player and athlete, but London will be his first Paralympic Games. He has been waiting 16 years for this opportunity after missing the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta with a stress fracture.

Ripley began playing goalball at 17 and turned competitive in 2003, after having competed in para-athletics as a member of Team Canada from 1993 to1998.

When he isn’t training, Ripley works as a Registered Massage Therapist and spends quality time with his 11-year-old daughter, Paige.

Before making the move to competitive goalball, Ripley competed in the 400m. His achievements include winning gold at the Kamloops Canada Games in 1993, placing sixth at the 1994 IPC Athletics World Championships in Berlin and eighth at the 1998 IPC Athletics World Championships in Madrid.

Ripley made the Canadian national goalball team with a splash in 2010, when his team won gold for the first time at Nationals and he was named MVP of the tournament.

Ripley was part of Team Canada at the 2010 World Championships as well as the 2011 IBSA World Games, where Canada placed third and qualified for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

He believes his years of athletic experience and his tenure as Captain of Team BC since 2003 have given him the skill and ability to help Canada earn a place on the podium in 2012.


Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Goalball Goalball - Men 10