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...
- Birth DateJuly 25, 1988
- HometownToronto, ON
- ClubToronto Titans
- Member Since2017
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 to him prevent him from going out in the world and achieving his goals.
At the age of 8, 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, he was 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 and the 2018 World Championships. In 2021, Shayne made his Paralympic debut and led all first-time Paralympians in scoring on Team Canada.
- Silver medalist at the 2022 WWR Americas Championship
- 5th Place at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games
- Silver medalist at the 2019 Lima Parapan Am Games
- Finished in 6th place at the GIO 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship
- Finished in 4th place at the 2018 Canada Cup
- Silver medalist at the 2017 Americas Championship