Name: Robert Shaw
First Time CAN Fund Recipient
Hometown: North Bay, ON
Sport: Wheelchair Tennis
Best Result: 8x National Champion & Parapan Am Gold Medalist
On The National Team Since (Year): 2015
Why are you proud to be Canadian?
I think we are some of the most honest, polite, and respected people in the world. To be a part of a society that is so coveted globally is a true honour.
How does being a CAN Fund recipient make a difference for you?
Being a CAN Fund recipient means being able to access services that would typically be unavailable to me. Living with quadriplegia makes everything in your life take longer. One of those things is working out. CAN Fund will allow me to hire a personal trainer which will not only make my training more effective, but more efficient as well, which in turn will give me more time for on-court training and video analysis. It will also prevent me from getting injuries from off-court training which should allow me to compete in more tournaments on my road to Tokyo 2020. Being a CAN Fund recipient will make me stronger, more capable, and will lead to better results.
Who is your hero and why?
My Opa. He sacrificed a lot for his family and lived through the horrors and terrors of WW2. I’ll always admire his strength and courage.
Biggest lesson you have learned to get to where you are today?
Most good things in life don’t happen overnight. They are the result of hard word, dedication, and a mentality that you are striving for something worthwhile
What is your favourite tv series?
The Office/Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia