Richard Ball

Born in Weston (Toronto), Ontario in 1965, Rick Ball was raised in the village of Warminster, Ont., and graduated from Orillia’s Park Street Collegiate and Radio College of Canada (now RCC) with an Electronics Engineer Technician diploma.
Rick lost his left leg below the knee in a collision while riding his motorcycle outside of Orillia, Ont., in 1986.
Inspired by the determination of Canadian icon Terry Fox, Rick began long distance running in 2007, under the guidance of Orillia coach Roger DePlancke. Rick has since been carded as an elite para-athlete in the T44 ambulatory category and has competed in several half and full marathons alongside able-bodied runners including the 2009 Boston Marathon.

Most recently Richard was a member of the 4th place 4x100m visually-impaired relay squad at the 2011 IPC World Championships in Christchurch, NZ.
In 2010 Rick broke the three-hour barrier in the marathon (in a time of 2:57.47), a first for a single-leg amputee. He also holds the fastest time in the world for the 10,000 metres and the half-marathon. When the marathon was no longer offered by the International Paralympic Committee for international competitions in 2011, Rick converted to sprinting in the 200-metres and 400-metres.
Rick, his wife Stacey, and their two sons Brayden and Carter live in the village of Marchmont, near Orillia, Ont.


Games Sport Event Result
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Athletics 200m - Men 6
2011 Guadalajara Parapan Ams Athletics 400m - Men 5