“I will remember it all my life”: Sask. diver punches ticket to Tokyo Olympics


SASKATOON – On Canada Day, Rylan Wiens placed second at the Canadian Diving Trials, securing his ticket to the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

“I finally realized what I was planning to do in the last 10 to 15 years of my life. Just a moment of happiness, joy and relief all at the same time,” Wiens said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was probably six or five years old just to say I went. It’s a huge accomplishment and I will remember it for the rest of my life.”

Since the age of six he has been a member of the Saskatoon Diving Club. Now 19 years old, he is happy to be able to give the club some notoriety.

“All my life everyone was like when are you going to move to Montreal to go scuba diving,” Wiens said. “Coming from a small town where there aren’t that many athletes at all, being one of the few to make it to the Olympics is super special. “

The Olympic diver is scheduled to visit the 10-meter diving board at the Tokyo Aquatic Center on August 6 and 7.

“I’m just trying to inspire people to do what you can wherever you are,” Wiens said. “You don’t have to go.”

The Summer Olympics in Tokyo are approximately 8,300 kilometers from his hometown of Pike Lake. He knows a few people will stay up late to watch.

“Japan doesn’t allow any spectators, so my parents will be watching from home late at night.”

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