Born in Weston (Toronto), Ontario in 1965, Rick was raised in the village of Warminster, Ontario and graduated from Orillia’s Park Street Collegiate and Radio College of Canada (now RCC) with an Electronics Engineer Technician diploma.  He has one brother, Dale, who lives in Midhurst, Ontario.

As a youngster, Rick’s interests included bicycling and cross-country skiing.

Rick lost his left leg below the knee while riding his motorcycle outside of Orillia, Ontario in 1986.

Rick began long distance running in 2007, under the guidance of Orillia coach Roger DePlancke. Rick has since been carded as an elite athlete by Athletics Canada and has competed in several half and full marathons along side able-bodied runners, including the 2009 Boston Marathon.

In 2010, Rick broke the three-hour barrier for the marathon (in a time of two hours, 57 minutes and 47 seconds)…a first for single leg amputees and akin to Roger Bannister’s historic sub-four minute mile. Rick also holds the fastest time in the world for the 10 kilometres and half-marathon.

Outside of his rigorous training regimen, Rick enjoys motivational speaking for corporate audiences, community-based organizations, and especially school-aged children.

In order to fully dedicate his efforts in pursuit of his dream -- to represent Canada at the 2012 Paralympic Games -- Rick secured an unpaid leave of absence from his position with the Toronto Transit Commission, where he has been employed since 1989.

Rick competes with the support of his wife, Stacey, and their two sons, Brayden and Carter, and is inspired by the determination of Canadian icon Terry Fox. The Ball family lives in the village of Marchmont, near Orillia.