Ryan Maskelyne (Class of 2017)
To compete for his country was always a dream for Ryan from a very young age. At nine years of age, training started with three sessions a week in the local pool near his home in PNG. At the age of 14, Ryan relocated to Australia and started his boarding journey at IGS. The hard work intensified to nine training sessions a week on top of his rigorous study schedule.
The dream of competing was within reach at the start of 2020, then the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were postponed due to COVID. For any elite athlete, this was a crushing and heartbreaking outcome. The decision had to be made to continue with the laborious task of training and making sacrifices for another 12 months or give up the dream you had since you were a young boy.
Ryan took a short break to re-evaluate his priorities but in true IGS spirit, he decided to pursue his dream of going to the Olympics. This decision paid off; Ryan successfully qualified for the PNG Olympic Team at the Tokyo Olympics in the 200mtr Breaststroke in 2021. In 2022 Ryan qualified for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and represented Team PNG in the Men’s 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke events.