Triathlete Ryan Sissons. Credit: Photosport.

Sissons was born in Zimbabwe and moved to New Zealand when he was still young. He competed in his first triathlon in 2007 at the New Zealand Schools Nationals.

He has competed in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) since 2009, winning a bronze medal with the New Zealand team at the ITU World Mixed Relay Championships and a silver medal at the ITU Under 23 Men’s World Championships in 2010.

Sissons then raced at the 2012 London Olympics, placing 33rd.

He attended his first Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, where he placed 13th in the individual race and fifth in the mixed team relay.

In 2016, he competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics, placing 17th in the individual men’s race.

2017 was a year of consistent success for Sissons on the triathlon circuit, with all his race results in the top 10. He won the World Triathlon Event in Madrid in May, following it up with a third in Hamburg and fourth in Stockholm in the same series. 

He is now tenth in the World Triathlon Series rankings.

He was coached by the late Laurent Vidal, coach and fiancé of fellow triathlete Andrea Hewitt, before Vidal died in 2015. He now races with the initials LV on his bike in remembrance of his former coach.

When he’s not competing, Sissons also enjoys mountain biking and snow sports.