Tyler Merren

Goalball

Name: Tyler Merren
Sport: Goalball
Classification: B2
Height: 6-0
Weight: 193
DOB: 5/29/1984
Birthplace: Allegan, Mich.
Hometown: Coral Springs, Fla.
High School: Wayland High School (Wayland, Mich.) ‘03
College: Western Michigan University ‘11, Exercise Science
Paralympic Experience
  • Three-time Paralympian (2004, 2008, 2016), Paralympic medalist (1 bronze)
  • Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, 4th
  • Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, bronze
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2014 – bronze
  • Years of Participation: 2003, 2006, 2014
  • Medals: 3 (1 silver, 2 bronze)
  • Silver – 2003
  • Bronze – 2006; 2014
Other Career Highlights
  • 2005 Parapan American Games, silver
Personal: Son of Robert Merren and Susan Miller…Married to Leanne…Has four children…Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, a degenerative eye disease which causes gradual deterioration in sight…Introduced to goalball in 1999 at a Sports Education Camp hosted by U.S. Association of Blind Athletes at Western Michigan University…His wife plays goalball with him on a recreational team in Florida…His son, Mason, who is sighted, coaches his parents, who are both legally blind…Works as a personal trainer and assistant fitness manager at a 24-Hour Fitness in Coral Springs….Lives by the motto "If you can't perform any and every task that your coaches throw at you with your top ability, then you haven't trained hard enough."

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