The Athlete of the Month is our way of acknowledging a BC-located athlete who has displayed outstanding performances in their sport and deserves recognition. Athletes chosen monthly to be the face of Canadian Sport Institute Pacific will receive a celebration feature on our website and a gift from 2XU.
Each athlete selected as Athlete of the Month receives a small token of congratulation sponsored by 2XU. CSI Pacific would like to thank 2XU for their generosity and support of the program.
February 10, 2001
Place of Birth:
Kane Morishita and Jeremy LeBris
Let’s split up and look for clues – Fred Jones
Ian Ryder of Richmond, BC has been registered with Canadian Sport Institute Pacific as a targeted athlete since October 2015. Prior to his nomination, Ian was training in CSI Pacific’s IGNITE program, and has been steadily climbing the ranks since. Competing in the 90kg weight class of Judo, Ian has most notably achieved a Gold medal result in the U18 90kg division and a Bronze medal in the U21 90kg division at the PanAm Championships in Argentina this past July. Previous to this, Ian had won double gold at the Canada Cup in Montreal in the U18 and U21 90kg divisions. Ian has also been selected to represent Team BC at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB this February. He is currently ranked 4th in the world for his respective age and weight classes.
Off the mat, Ian has organized his academics so he can achieve an early graduation from his high school in December. Following this, he will relocate to Montreal to train full time with Judo Canada’s National Training Centre.
Tell us how you got into participating in your sport
When I was younger I really liked to wrestle, so my parents though it would be a good idea to sign me up for judo.
Give us an example of a typical training day.
I wake up in the morning and go to the Oval to lift weights. After, I do schoolwork until my evening practice.
If you could be someone else for the day, who would you be and why?
I’d be Justin Trudeau because it’d be interesting to be the Prime Minister for a day.
What is your favorite sport and/or team to cheer for as a fan?
I like cheering for the Toronto Raptors.
What is the most embarrassing moment you have had that you’re willing to share with us?
One time I was supposed to be receiving an award for the best athlete of the tournament, but I forgot and went to Tim Horton’s after I was done fighting. I missed getting my award and the head of Judo Canada was left standing in front of everyone at the tournament with no one to give it to. Wasn’t one of my finer moments.
How do you unwind after training or at home?
At home I like to unwind by walking my dog or by having a nap.
What have you learned in your sport that you think would help upcoming athletes reach their goals sooner?
Set clear goals for what you want to accomplish at training and stick with them. And always go to practice, even if you don’t feel like it.