Tyler Merren

Tyler Merren (born May 29, 1984) is an American goalball player. His visual impairment is caused by retinitis pigmentosa. He attended Wayland High School and went to Western Michigan University to study exercise science.[1][2]

Tyler Merren
Personal information
Born (1984-05-29) May 29, 1984 (age 37)
Allegan, Michigan, U.S.
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight193 lb (88 kg)
Country United States
DisabilityRetinitis pigmentosa
Medal record
Men's goalball
Representing  United States
Paralympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Team
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens Team
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2003 Team
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Spartanburg Team
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Espoo Team

His wife Leanne is also blind.[3] He competed for the bronze-medalist US team in Goalball at the 2004 Summer Paralympics.[4] He also competed at the 2008 Summer Paralympics and the 2016 Summer Paralympics.[5]


  1. ^ Lauren J. Lieberman; Paul E. Ponchillia; Susan Kay Vlahas Ponchillia (October 1, 2012). Physical Education and Sports for People with Visual Impairments and Deafblindness: Foundations of Instruction. American Foundation for the Blind. p. 274. ISBN 978-0-89128-454-3.
  2. ^ "TeamUSA Profile - Tyler Merren". teamusa.org. March 19, 2019.
  3. ^ Sun-Sentinel, South Florida. "Local blind athlete Merren to create South Florida goalball team". Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  4. ^ "WMU News - U.S. goalball teams bring home silver and bronze". Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  5. ^ "USA goalball players aiming to soothe pain of London 2012 by returning to top at Rio 2016". Rio2016.com. Archived from the original on January 25, 2015.

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