Richard is a versatile paddler. In K1, K2 and K4 and across all race distances, he’s proven his ability to excel at the international level. Richard’s top international result is a silver medal at the 2006 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with his partner Andrew Willows in the K2 500. Richard and Andrew had a number of medal performances in World Cup competition in 2007 and went on to place sixth in the final at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The crew was a crowd favourite the next year when they won bronze in K2 200 in Dartmouth, NS at the 2009 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships.
Richard teamed up with Steven Jorens in K2 1000. The crew won the 2011 Pan American Games and were in the hunt for Canada’s only K2 spot at the Olympic Games. After falling short, Richard jumped in his K1 and challenged for the 200 metre entry several weeks later. In a final showdown for the 200 metre spot with Mark de Jonge, Richard clocked a blistering time of 34.369 seconds and was just half a second off de Jonge who posted a time faster than ever recorded at international competition.
Richard completed his Doctorat Degree in Chiropractics at the University of Quebec in Trois Rivières and now operates his own practice in Trois Rivières. He has been kayaking as long as he can remember, and was influenced by his father who competed in Marathon Canoeing.