Black Knight Para-badminton National Team
Bernard Lapointe (WH2): University of Moncton – Moncton, New Brunswick
Currently top 10 in the world for Men’s Singles, Bernard is one of our most promising athletes that have emerged from our Para-badminton program in Canada. Training at the University of Moncton in New Brunswick with personal coach Mark LaForge, Bernard is hopeful to represent Canada at the international stage, with sights set on the 2020 Paralympic Games.
Pascal Lapointe (SL4): Centre Pierre-Charbonneau – Montréal, Québec
Pascal is currently the 29th ranked player in the world in the SL4 category. Having played badminton for most of his life, Pascale has become more involved with the para-badminton program in the last 18 months. During this time, Pascal has won gold in Doubles at the 2016 Pan Am Championships and has had some great matches, beating top 20 players.
Wyatt Lightfoot (SS6): Cross Court Badminton Club – Regina, Saskatchewan
Wyatt is the youngest of our Para-badminton National Team members at age 14. Showing great potential to improve his talents, Wyatt trains closely with personal coach, Frank Gaudet out of Cross Court Badminton Club in Regina, Saskatchewan. Winner of both the 2016 and 2017 Para-badminton National Championships in the Short-Stature classification, Wyatt has the potential to be part of Team Canada and represent our country for many years to come.
Richard Peter (WH1): Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club – Vancouver, British Columbia
Richard is one of the newest members to the para-badminton program. Now retired after an extremely successful career in Wheelchair Basketball, winning 3 gold medals in 5 Paralympic Games, Peter has brought his athletic talents to the badminton court, becoming the 2017 Para-badminton National Champion. Richard is also the proud recpeient of the Tom Longboat National Award for Aboriginal Male Athlete of the year in 2000, and recicipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2012. We hope that Peter can continue to be an inspiration for our para and aboriginal communities, and represent Canada on the highest levels of competition.
Yuka Chokyu (WH1): Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club – Vancouver, British Columbia
Yuka brings a wealth of experience to the Para-badminton National Team as a three-time Paralympian in wheelchair tennis. Her talents are equally as impressive on the badminton court, claiming the Women’s Singles title at the 2017 Para-badminton National Championships, conceding only 29 points throughout the tournament.