Quick facts

Birthdate

November 15, 1973

Birthplace

New Westminster, BC

Residence

New Westminster, BC

Sport

Goalball

Experience

Lima 2019

Rio 2016

Santiago 2023

Doug Ripley is a veteran goalball player and athlete. In 2012, he competed at his first Paralympic Games in London. He waited 16 years for the opportunity after missing the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games with a stress fracture.

Ripley has juvenile macular degeneration, which means he’s unable to make out details in his central vision. He began playing goalball at 17 and turned competitive in 2003, after having competed in Para athletics as a member of Team Canada from 1993 to 1998.

When he isn’t training, Ripley works as a registered massage therapist and spends quality time with his daughter, Paige.

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.

He was part of Team Canada at the 2010 World Championships as well as the 2011 IBSA (International Blind Sports Federation) World Games, where Canada placed third and qualified for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games… 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022 World Championships… Bronze medal at 2019 Parapan American Games…

PERSONAL

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.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

  • 2022 IBSA World Championships 13th
  • 2019 Parapan American Games 3rd
  • 2018 IBSA World Championships 12th
  • 2016 Paralympic Games 8th
  • 2014 IBSA World Championships 12th
  • 2013 IBSA Pan Am Championships 1st
  • 2012 Paralympic Games 10th
  • 2011 IBSA World Games 3rd
  • 2010 IBSA World Championships 6th