Quick facts

Birthdate

December 9, 1966

Birthplace

Kashiwa, Japan

Residence

Vancouver, BC

Sport

Para Badminton

Wheelchair Tennis

Experience

Beijing 2008

Lima 2019

Paris 2024

Santiago 2023

Toronto 2015

Paris 2024 is Yuka Chokyu’s first career nomination in Para badminton for the Paralympic Games.

The veteran trailblazing athlete brings a wealth of experience to the Para badminton national team. A three-time Paralympian in wheelchair tennis, she has enjoyed many great moments in her badminton career. That includes a quarterfinal berth in women’s singles at the 2022 world championships.

At the 2023 Parapan American Games, Chokyu won the bronze medal in women’s wheelchair singles at age 56. She defeated many opponents half her age on route to the medal match.

In February 2024, she reached the round of 16 at the worlds. As of June 2024, she is ranked 10th in the world in WH1 women’s singles.

At the 2019 Parapan Ams Games,Chokyu won the silver medal in women’s singles. She competed in wheelchair tennis at the Parapan Ams in Toronto in 2015.

Chokyu started playing wheelchair tennis in the 1990s after a car accident left her a paraplegic. She struggled at first but thanks to a persistent coach and gradual improvement she loved the sport. Her career highlight was advancing to the quarterfinals at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in both women’s singles and women’s doubles.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Three-time Paralympian (2000, 2004, 2008) in wheelchair tennis…. 2015 (wheelchair tennis), 2019, 2023 (Para badminton)  Parapan American Games …

PERSONAL

Moved to Canada from Japan in 1989…Injured in car accident in 1990…Graduated from Douglas College with General Business Diploma in 1994…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2024 World Championships Singles – Round of 16

2023 Parapan American Games – Singles 3rd

2022 World Championships Singles – Quarterfinals

2019 Parapan American Games – Singles 2nd

2018 Pan Am Championships Doubles –1st

2018 Pan Am Championships Singles –2nd

2018 Pan Am Championships Mixed Doubles – 3rd

2008 Paralympic Games Singles round of 32 (wheelchair tennis)