Tim Ryan

 

"Kicking goals for MS"

"You could not find a better person to represent your organisation" was a comment naturally off the lips of a close friend of 31 year old Tim Ryan, who has lived with MS for the past seven years.

Tim was brought up in rural Bairnsdale and lived his life for the love of sport from a very early age. His natural talent with the oval ball resulted in him being selected into high profiles football clubs such as VFL Port Melbourne and was on the cusp of being drafted into the AFL Melbourne Football Club in 2002. While participating in his love of sport, Tim suddenly discovered he was experiencing an episode of double vision.

A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis soon followed along with other symptoms effecting his mobility, balance and fatigue levels. This dynamic young man in time felt well again and returned to work, coaching school age children in a variety of sports, which he loved.

His attempt to return his normal "invincible" self was short lived when he realised he could not run or kick a football any longer. Cleverly Tim diversified his professional life and changed roles to a high profile role with an international airline carrier requiring less mobility and continues his passion for sport, when he took up wheelchair basketball.

With the love and support of his beautiful wife, baby, family and friends Tim is an enthusiastic fundraiser for MS and hopes to one day run and kick the footy with his daughter when that elusive cure is found for multiple sclerosis.

MS Ambassador Tim is an inspirational speaker who will share with you, that when the chips are down, you can think outside the square and shift the goal posts to continue to strive for success.

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