Rylan Wiens started diving at six-years-old at a summer camp and never looked back. He won his first junior nationals at age 10 and by 2015 he was convinced he has the ability to perhaps one day go to the Olympics.
In 2021, he had a breakout performance at the FINA World Cup in Tokyo where he won bronze in the 10m platform. That helped secure a second Olympic spot for Canada in the event, which Wiens then claimed for himself by finishing second at the national trials on Canada Day.
He had also produced a solid start to the 2020 season with silver medal performances on 10-metre at the FINA Grand Prix stop in Madrid. His primary focus for the future in on the platform as he hopes to land a spot on the Olympic team.
In the summer of 2019, Wiens was the reigning senior and junior (group A) national champion on tower.
He enjoyed a big year in 2018 as a member of the FINA World Cup team, the Commonwealth Games team and the world junior squad. He reached finals at all three events including a fourth place on platform at the world juniors. At the Games, where he took eighth on platform and sixth on synchro platform with Bryden Hattie, he was the first diver from Saskatchewan since Ruben Ross to compete for Canada at a major Games.
One of his biggest challenges in his career was overcoming a back injury at age 13 which kept him away from the pool for six months. Along with the 2020 season with the sole focus of training also being stressful. As he is practicing harder dives, his performances are more consistent and his confidence is rising.
Wiens is also in his first-year kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. He enjoys many outdoor activities such as snowmobiling and mountain biking.