Ryan Fann

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Savannah, GA, USA
Occupation
Director
Higher education
Business - Tennessee State University: Nashville, TN, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 2002.
Why this sport?
His athleticism during a televised college American football game caught the eye of Bryan Hoddle, a coach on the US Paralympic team. Hoddle contacted Fann and convinced him to train for the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. "I was interested because I was competitive. I wanted to find something else to do.

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
United States
Location
Athens

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." [Eleanor Roosevelt]. (hanger.com, 05 Oct 2010)
Other sports
He played American football in college. (savannahnow.com, 31 Oct 2012)
Impairment
At age three, he was riding his tricycle in front of his home when he was struck by a car. His left foot was so badly injured that a below knee amputation was required. "My mother had the choice of trying to save it or amputate it. She chose amputation. I'm really happy she did that. If they’d tried to save the foot, my ankle would have been fixed at 90 degrees so there would have been no movement." (savannahnow.com, 31 Oct 2012)
Other information
OTHER WORK
He is the director of prosthetics at the Savannah Mobility Institute. He also co-founded Amputee Blade Runners in his hometown of Nashville, TN, United States. The programme provides free running prosthetics for amputees. (Facebook profile, 25 Jun 2013)

SCHOLARSHIP
He was awarded a scholarship to Tennessee State University, United States, in 2002. (hanger.com, 05 Oct 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T44 Heat 1 2
Men's 400 m T44 Final Round 3
Men's 4x400 m T42-46 Final Round 1
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T44 Heat 2 3
Men's 200 m T44 Final Round 4
Men's 400 m T44 Final Round 4