Who am I?

Richard started swimming competitively in 1996 with the Langley Flippers Swim Club.
After a few seasons he decided to stop competing on the soccer fields of British Columbia and the Baseball diamonds of Surrey and started focusing on swimming.

Richard joined the Surrey Knights Swim Club during his first three years of full time training and reached the top of the provincial podium. By the end of his third year with the club he first reached the junior national level.

In 2001 Richard moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta along with his family.
Within two years of swimming under the direction of Peter Schori at the Alberta Marlin Aquatic Club, Richard advanced from the bottom of the junior national level and won his first junior national titles.

After swimming for a year for the University of Lethbridge he transfered to the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he helped the Rebels to three conference titles while setting several school and conference records. He graduated from UNLV in 2009 with a Bachelor of Education Secondary Science.

Richard first qualified for the national team in 2005 and travelled to Izmir Turkey to the World University Games. Subsequently he qualified for two other University Games Teams and travelled to Thailand where he was on the men's 4x100 freestyle relay that won silver, and finally to Belgrade Serbia to compete for Canada in 2009. He also qualified for the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio De Janeiro Brazil. In 2008 he qualified for the Olympic Games in the 50m freestyle and the men's 4x100 freestyle relay as the alternate. He placed 27th at the Olympics while posting a personal best time in his race. In 2009 he also qualified for the Tri-Nations Cup and competed in London where the team brought the cup back to Canada after having lost it the year before. In 2010 he represented Canada at the World Championships in Dubai, UAE as well as the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

Richard has competed at two consecutive Olympic Games and placed 27th in the 50 Freestyle in Beijing and 10th in the 4x100Freestyle Relay in London.

He is now retired from his role as a swimmer and is undergoing the certification/evaluation process of his degree in Secondary Science Education. 

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