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Ryan grew up in the Gold Coast, playing for Southport in the AFL Queensland, before he moved to Melbourne to play in the VFL for Sandringham in 2000. There he played in a premiership side, in his debut season, and following the 2001 season, the young rover entered the AFL draft.
Ryan returned to the Queensland AFL to play for Southport again the following year.
Later in 2002, Ryan's life was changed when he was inside the Sari Club at the time of the 2002 Bali bombings. The club was very close to the car bomb that went off on the streets, and Ryan was knocked down during the blasts. He suffered severe burns to his foot, one of his heels burnt off, and the blasts damaged his abdominal, where some shrapnel tore his stomach.
Ryan survived the attack, as did his brother who was with him at the time of the attack, and despite refusing treatment at a local Army hospital, the injured footballer managed to get to a private hospital via an ambulance, and was treated there before being transported back to Australia, where he received further treatment, and was discharged from hospital.
Following the bombings, Ryan was asked to appear in the trial against the bombers, and following a day in court, he and brother Mitchell confronted Imam Samudra, one of the terrorists behind the bombings, as Samudra began his daily leave of the courthouse, where he would raise his arms scream at locals who came to watch him, including survivors and families of lost ones, screaming out 'Allahu Akbar (God is great)' before Ryan rushed forth to within a few metres of the terrorist, before screaming at him, telling him he was a 'f---ing dog' and he was 'going to die'. Ryan was separated by just a waist high fence, and was about to jump the fence when he was restrained.
The outburst was applauded by many, Ryan later commenting that whilst the terrorist had shown no remorse over his actions, happily watching the fear and sadness of his victims and their families as he screamed at them, when Ryan had retaliated, he had for the first time seen fear in Samudra's eyes.
Following the bombings and outburst, his demand from the media led to him being offered a job on a local radio station, and in turn Ryan wrote a column in The Australian newspaper, he then went onto work for Fairfax Media in their domain section.
In March 2011 Jake suffered a minor health scare so he decided to move back to the Gold Coast to be with his family. He planned to wed in Sept 2011 and move to the tweed coast, however these plans have since changed and Jake is still located on the gold coast and looking forward to the 2012 football season where he will play for his childhood team the Surfers Paradise Demons.
- ↑ http://www.abc.net.au/goldcoast/stories/s965733.htm Jake Ryan's Bali: a double-edged sword
- ↑ http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/06/23/1056220541591.html Screaming Bali survivor confronts Samudra - The Age
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