Ryan Shay

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T52, F52

Further personal information

Residence
Halifax, NS, CAN
Occupation
Athlete, Public Speaker, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Psychology - Mount Saint Vincent University: Halifax, NS, CAN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics while rehabilitating from his car accident.
Why this sport?
"After trying track I felt I had a natural skill at it, and having an athletic background before helped me to quickly adapt to a routine of rigorous training."
Club / Team
Southwest Nova Athletics: Canada
Name of coach
Ueli Albert

General interest

Nicknames
Chet (Facebook profile, 07 Feb 2017)
Hobbies
Hockey, football, watching movies, spending time with friends, swimming, listening to music. (Facebook page, 07 May 2017)
Injuries
He underwent syrinx surgery in August 2014 to drain fluid off his spine. He returned to training the following month. (Facebook page, 03 Oct 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Push on, it is what it is." (globalwheelchairathletics.com, 01 Jan 2014)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2015 Male Athlete of the Year in Yarmouth County, NS, Canada. (thevanguard.ca, 05 Mar 2016)
Other sports
He represented Nova Scotia in wheelchair basketball at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC, Canada. Before his accident he played ice hockey at junior national level. (novanewsnow.com, 28 May 2015; thevanguard.ca, 16 Feb 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (thevanguard.ca, 05 Mar 2016)
Impairment
He has quadriplegia as the result of a car accident in 2013. "I was hospitalised for almost three months and in rehab for another six. In my recovery I went through tons of tests so to kill time I worked out in the gym and practised my wheelchair skills." (Facebook page, 07 May 2017; globalwheelchairathletics.com, 01 Jan 2016)