Birthdate

Sport(s)

Wheelchair Rugby

Hometown

Toronto, ON

Classification

Shayne Smith is a firm believer that life has no limits. At the young age of four, Shayne contracted a rare form of meningitis called meningococcal septicemia, resulting in amputations to his legs, left hand, and some fingers in his right hand. Encouraged and supported by his mother, Jo-Ann, Shayne was not going to let what happened prevent him from going out in the world and achieving his goals.

At the age of eight, Shayne began to play wheelchair basketball. Though it would take him four years to score his first basket, Shayne would ultimately go on to play for the Canadian Junior Team for over 17 years. After retiring from wheelchair basketball at the age of 25, he found himself a new passion in wheelchair rugby, following a practice session with Zak Madell, in which the two exchanged hard hits on the court.

Shayne would excel at the sport, in the years that followed, and it would eventually result in him being selected to the National Team Program in 2017. 

From there, he would go on to represent Canada at several senior international tournaments, most notably, the 2018 Canada Cup, the 2018 World Championships and the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima where Canada won silver. 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2019 Parapan American Games…. 2018 World Championships

PERSONAL

Shayne is a co-founder of Tee-Talent, a social enterprise that offers custom t-shirts, promotional products and public speaking services… Was featured in an episode of AMI’s Level Playing Field in 2020…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2019 Parapan American Games 2nd 

2018 World Championships 6th   

Year Type
Host City
Medals
2020 Summer
Tokyo, Japan
2019 Parapan am Games
Lima, Peru
1 silver medals

1 silver medals