Ryan Tyack | Australian Olympic Committee

Ryan's Story

Fast Facts

Sport: Archery
Event: Men's Recurve
Olympic History: Rio 2016 (bronze)
Highlights: Winning bronze at the Rio Olympic Games
Year Born: 1991
State Born: Nambour, QLD

About Ryan

Growing up, Ryan Tyack was an avid gamer spending his days in front of the screen playing archery or fencing games.

It was an intervention from his mum, Lynette, that led Tyack away from the make-believe and into the real world of archery.

Tyack started archery in 2000 as a nine-year-old and went on to make his junior debut in 2003. He was without a coach for his first Youth National Championships, so on short notice, his mum learnt how to repair his equipment and step in as coach.

Lynette did such a good job that she officially took over the coaching reigns in 2004 and has remained Tyack's coach ever since.

As a teenager he represented Australia at the 2005 and 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festivals and won team gold at the 2008 World Youth Championships alongside Taylor Worth and it was this performance that earned him a spot as reserve for Australia's Beijing 2008 Olympic Team.

Tyack's goal was to represent Australia in London 2012, and after winning silver at the Youth World Championships in 2011 he looked on track to do so, but Australia only qualified one spot for London 2012 which was awarded to teammate Worth.

But Tyack was not deterred and finally on his third attempt, he made the Rio 2016 Australian Olympic Team and also made Olympic history for his country.

At Rio 2016, the team of Tyack, Alec Potts and Worth became Australia's first-ever medal winning archery team when they won bronze.

In the end, it was a mother's want to drag her son away from the computer that created Olympic history.

In the individual event, Tyack scored the 23rd highest-ranking round score with 665 to see him take on Robin Ramaekers of Belgium.

After taking the first set, Tyack went down 6-2 to exit in the first round.

Since Rio, Tyack has become the only archer to ever win four consecutive Australian Open titles, he also won World Cup bronze and silver in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Tyack will contest his second Olympic Games when he competes at Tokyo 2020 as part of Australia's Men's Recurve Team.

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