Quick facts

Birthdate

June 6, 2003

Birthplace

Assiniboia, SK

Residence

Assiniboia, SK

Sport

Para Badminton

Experience

Lima 2019

Santiago 2023

Wyatt Lightfoot has reached a world ranking of No. 4 with his SH6 men’s doubles partner Justin Kendrick in 2023 and 15th in men’s singles.

In 2022, Lightfoot and Kendrick won the bronze medal at the Pan Am Championships while on his own Lightfoot reached the quarterfinal. That same year, he advanced to the round of 16 in singles at the world championships. At the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima he was also fourth in singles.

Lightfoot started playing Para badminton in 2014 and began competing a year later under coach Frank Gaudet. He attended the first Para badminton nationals in 2016 and he won the gold medal. That fall he was selected to the national team and started competing internationally.

Lightfoot excels in many sports including hockey which he played from ages 4-13 before the size difference and contact made it too risky for him. He also raced competitively in swimming in his hometown until 12.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2022 World Championships… 2019 Parapan American Games… 2023 World Dwarf Games… Badminton Canada’s Junior Para athlete of the Year in 2017 and 2018.

PERSONAL
Competed in badminton, floor hockey, soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming and track and field at the World Dwarf Games in 2017. He won seven medals: four gold, two silver and one bronze.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2022 Pan Am Championships Singles – Quarterfinals

2022 Pan Am Championships Men’s Doubles – 3rd

2022 World Championships Singles – round of 16

2022 World Championships Men’s Doubles – preliminary round

2019 Parapan American Games Singles – 4th

2018 Pan Am Championships Singles – 3rd

2018 Pan Am Championships Men’s Doubles – 3rd

2016 Pan Am Championships Men’s Doubles – 4th