North Bay, ON
At his first multi-sport Games, Rob Shaw won the gold in men's quads in wheelchair tennis at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. Shaw did it in grand style as well defeating world number-one David Wagner of the U.S., a player he had never beaten before. His classification, quad tennis, was included at the Parapan Ams for the first time.
Shaw reached the Top 10 world rankings in the men’s singles quad category for the first time in 2018l, after he made his biggest career final at the ITF 1 Series Birmingham Classic event. At the end of 2019 he is ranked ninth in the world.
He has represented Canada at the World Team Cup tennis event, which brings together teams from around the world, for the past few years. Canada finished sixth in the quad division this year. He is also the four-time reigning Canadian national quad singles champion.
Shaw coached tennis from the age of 15 to 21, including stand-up and wheelchair tennis. He was injured in a diving accident at the age of 21, becoming partially paralyzed from the neck down. He started playing wheelchair tennis after his accident.