Ryan McIntosh

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F44, T44

Further personal information

Family
Wife Hannah, daughter Grace, son Kaden
Occupation
Armed Services, Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Human Movement Studies - Colorado Mesa University: Grand Junction, CO, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He competed in athletics at high school and took up para-athletics after trying a variety of para-sports following his accident.
Why this sport?
His friends persuaded him to take up sport again after his accident. "I wanted to get back on my feet as quickly as I could. I'd always been an athlete, it was a passion of mine, but when I got hurt I lost track of it, thinking I'm not able to do what I used to do because I got hurt. Two months into my recovery I reluctantly gave sitting volleyball a try. I was hooked. That transitioned into finding every sport possible that I could play, and then I started the wheelchair basketball that led me to running track."

General interest

Nicknames
Mac (Facebook profile, 05 Sep 2015)
Most influential person in career
His family. (wtc.army.mil, 01 Apr 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I don't look at myself as being disabled or handicapped or anything else. I want to experience everything, and live life to the fullest." (nydailynews.com, 29 Aug 2012)
Other sports
He has competed at the Warrior Games [a competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans in United States] in swimming, cycling, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball. (army.mil, 10 Sep 2014)
Impairment
He stepped on a land mine in December 2010 while serving with the US Army in Afghanistan. His injuries resulted in his right leg being amputated below the knee. He later discovered there had been 18 kilograms of homemade explosives beneath the mine that did not detonate. (nydailynews.com, 29 Aug 2012)
Other information
US OPEN
He worked as a ballperson at the 2012 US Open [tennis] at Flushing Meadows, NY, United States. He was one of 600 people who tried out for one of the 250 positions and went on to work at the men's semifinal between Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer. "They [during the selection process] asked me, 'can you throw a tennis ball?', and I said, 'I've thrown grenades, so I think I can handle a tennis ball.' My big picture was just to honour the guys who have been injured just like I was and say, 'you guys can still do anything you want.'" (huffingtonpost.com, 09 Sep 2012; espn.go.com, 06 Sep 2012; huffingtonpost.com, 29 Aug 2012)