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Ron Friesen, a graduate of Central Collegiate in Moose Jaw, enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan (B.A. PE, 1972) in 1967.
In 1968-69, he won the WCIAA conference one-metre and three-metre diving titles and went on to score a gold medal double at the CIAU hampionship. He was named Canadian college diver of the year.
He swept the titles again in 1969-70 and 1970-71 at CIAUs, again being named college diver of the year and in back-to-back years he won the Howard Nixon Trophy as the outstanding male athlete at the University of Saskatchewan in a tournament sport.
Ron represented Canada at the 1970 British Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, winning a bronze medal in springboard and finishing sixth on tower. He also competed at the World Student Games in Turin, Italy in 1970, finishing 12th despite an injury.
Ron represented Canada at the 1971 Pan-American Games in Cali, Columbia. He swept the one-metre, three-metre and tower titles at nationals in 1971 and later that year was named Saskatoon Kinsmen Athlete of the Year.
He competed at the 1972 Munich Olympics, finishing 25th in springboard and 20th on platform.