Wheelchair basketball athlete Shayne Smith (Toronto, ON) visited Copper Cliff Public School in Durham, Ontario Friday to educate students about sport for athletes with a disability. As part of the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Paralympic Schools Week (February 21-24th), he shared the story of his journey as an athlete and focused on the importance of setting goals and being motivated to achieve success.
Paralympic Schools Week is designed to raise awareness and understanding about parasport, including the ways in which all Canadians can get involved in the Parasport Movement, whether as a participant, coach or volunteer.
With the London 2012 Paralympic Games just around the corner, it was an opportunity for Copper Cliff Public School to experience the excitement and diversity of parasport and to share in Team Canada’s quest for glory.
The Paralympic Games will take place from August 29 to September 9, 2012. While Smith is not a member of the Senior Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team that will compete in London, he has represented Canada at two World Junior Championships. As a 15-year-old, he was the youngest player on the team in 2005, and became the only returning player at the next event in 2009.
Smith also won back-to-back silver medals with Team Ontario at the Canada Games in 2007 and 2011. As captain of the team in 2011, he was named Ontario’s flag bearer during the opening ceremonies. He’s also competed in numerous National Championships and League Finals with his club team Variety Village. His personal motto is: “Nothing should hold you back.”
About Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sports governing body responsible for the organization of wheelchair basketball in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is the Canadian member to the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF).
Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport that has emerged as one of the most competitive and athletic sports played at the Paralympic Games. Our senior national teams are held in high esteem around the world for the elite skill and control that placed them on the podium with a combined five gold and one silver medal in the last five Paralympic Games.