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Garrett Riley

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Barrie, ON, CAN
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He had played able-bodied ice hockey before and after his cancer diagnosis. He tried Para ice hockey for the first time shortly before his amputation in 2017.
Why this sport?
In April 2017 he attended an event held by the Canadian Paralympic Committee in Montreal, Quebec, that aimed to find potential Paralympians. "It changed my life 100%. Being able to skate again and not be in pain, that's what I was meant to do. Hockey is what I love to do."
Name of coach
Ken Babey [national], CAN
Training Regime
He trains three times a week at the Ford Performance Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Representing Canada for the first time in Para ice hockey. (brantfordexpositor.ca, 05 Feb 2021)
Most influential person in career
His brother. (Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup Facebook page, 06 Dec 2018)
Injuries
In January 2020 he required surgery after he was diagnosed with bone spurs, neuroma, and a bursa around the stump on his amputated leg. (brantfordexpositor.ca, 05 Feb 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (brantfordexpositor.ca, 05 Feb 2021)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer in about 2010. He had a knee replacement as part of his treatment but he continued to experience significant pain, and in 2017 his leg was amputated. (brantfordexpositor.ca, 05 Feb 2021)
Other information
SANCTION
In November 2019 the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] announced that he had been banned for six months [30 April 2019 - 31 October 2019] and stripped of the silver medal he won at the 2019 World Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic, after returning an adverse analytical finding for a metabolite of cannabis. He had been prescribed medicinal cannabis by his doctor to deal with chronic pain he was experiencing following the amputation of his leg, but had not applied for a Therapeutic Use Exemption [TUE]. He has since been granted a TUE in relation to his future use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. (insidethegames.biz, 24 Nov 2019; paralympic.org, 23 Nov 2019)