– Lima 2019 Parapan Am gold medallist to make Paralympic debut
– Paralympic Video games to happen August 24 to September 5, 2021
OTTAWA, ON, July 16, 2021 /CNW/ – The Canadian Paralympic Workforce has formally welcomed wheelchair tennis participant Rob Shaw (North Bay, ON), because the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and Tennis Canada introduced immediately Shaw’s choice to compete on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Video games subsequent month.
Shaw will probably be Canada’s sole consultant within the sport of wheelchair tennis in Tokyo, having certified by way of his world rating of No. 9 within the quad class. The 31-year-old will probably be making his Paralympic debut in Tokyo, which may also mark his official return to competitors for the primary time because the fall of 2019.
He captured a complete of eight singles titles on the Worldwide Tennis Federation wheelchair tennis tour in 2019. That included a gold medal on the Lima 2019 Parapan Am Video games, which was Shaw’s first multi-sport Video games look. Quad tennis made its Parapan Am debut in Lima and with the victory Shaw grew to become the primary Canadian tennis participant, stand-up or wheelchair, to win a medal in singles at a multi-sport Video games.
“These are the forms of moments you dream of as an athlete; representing your nation on the biggest stage attainable,” mentioned Shaw, who at the moment lives in Kelowna, BC the place he’s finishing his PhD along with coaching. “I am unable to wait to check my expertise towards the most effective on this planet and put all of this coaching into my efficiency. I do know the Video games will probably be distinctive due to Covid, however as a primary time Paralympian I am simply specializing in competing.”
The quad attract Tokyo, performed on onerous courts, will function 16 athletes. The singles first spherical will kick off on August 28, adopted by the quarterfinals on August 29, semifinals on August 31, and medal matches on September 2.
“Tennis Canada is happy to help Rob in his closing preparations resulting in the Paralympic Video games in Tokyo,” mentioned Janet Petras, director of excessive efficiency packages & administration, Tennis Canada. “Rob is an impressive athlete who has achieved the very best stage inside the sport regardless of a really difficult 12 months as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. We will probably be cheering him on from Canada.”
Shaw will probably be supported in Tokyo by crew chief and coach Kai Schrameyer.
Wheelchair tennis has been a part of the Paralympic program because the Barcelona 1992 Video games. The game is performed in singles and doubles competitors in three totally different classes – males’s, girls’s and quad. The principles are an identical to stand-up tennis with the exception that the ball is allowed to bounce two instances earlier than being returned over the online. Canada has not but received a Paralympic medal in wheelchair tennis, with its greatest exhibiting a fourth-place end in quad doubles by Sarah Hunter and Brian McPhate at Athens 2004.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Rob to Workforce Canada for his first Paralympic Video games!” mentioned Stephanie Dixon, chef de mission, Tokyo 2020 Canadian Paralympic Workforce. “It was so thrilling to cheer on Rob within the gold-medal match on the Parapan Am Video games two years in the past. I do know it will likely be an enormous return to competitors for him in Tokyo, and I stay up for supporting him once more.”
TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPIC GAMES WHEELCHAIR TENNIS TEAM:
Rob Shaw – Quad – North Bay, ON
The postponed Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Video games will happen August 24 to September 5, 2021 in Japan. Canada is anticipating to ship a crew of roughly 130 athletes, and audiences throughout the nation will be capable of comply with all of the motion dwell by way of protection from the Canadian Paralympic Media Consortium, together with broadcast companions CBC/Radio-Canada, AMI, and Sportsnet, and digital companions Twitter, Fb, and MXZN.
CLICK HERE to see the entire record of athletes at the moment named to the Canadian Paralympic Workforce. The Canadian Paralympic Committee will announce the official full crew heading to the Video games later this summer season.
In regards to the Canadian Paralympic Committee: Paralympic.ca
About Tennis Canada: TennisCanada.com
SOURCE Canadian Paralympic Committee (Sponsorships)
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