Rick was born and raised in Gladstone Park in Victoria. His mother Maureen and Father Wayne have been strong influences on Rick's life. Rick's is the second eldest of six kids (Shaun, Ricky, Corey, Jordan, Jarrod and Jessica). The Bannister family have sport in their veins. Wayne, Rick's dad, was an Australian Welterweight Boxing Champion. Jordan, Rick's brother, played AFL for Essendon and Carlton and is now an AFL umpire.

Ricky was also a great sportsman of his own, winning a Best and Fairest with his home club Therry Penola and representing Victoria in the VAFA. Rick was an accomplished boxer with an undefeated amateur record and was a state champion. Ricky excelled in business with his self proclaimed wit and charm.  

He was employed at Heidelberg Australia for almost twenty years and met many life long friends. Heidelberg Australia has had a large impact on Ricky's life and gave him a great opportunity from such a young age.

He has always been a lover of all things horses. Rick owned horses from an early age and was involved in many equestrian events. He and his wife Emily reside on a farm in Kilmore where they ride horses daily and live their passion. Ricky and Emily are expecting their first child in September.

On April 15th 2013, Ricky was involved in a horse jumping lesson at a property in Kilmore. His horse fell while attempting a jump and caused Rick to fall head first into the ground. The impact left Rick with no feeling below his shoulders. He was immediately rushed to the Austin Hospital where his diagnosis was a complete dislocation and fractrue of the C5 vertebrae. Ricky was induced into a coma where Doctors successfully inserted plates and pins to stablise his spinal column. As a result of this horrific fall, Ricky has also severely damaged his spinal cord and is a C5 complete quadriplegic. Rick spent 4 months at the Austin hospital battling health issues. On July 25th, 2013, Rick was moved to the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation centre. His family and wife Emily are sticking by his side every step of the way. In particular his mother Maureen who has quit her job and practically lives next to his bed.