(Delta, B.C.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada (WBC) would like to congratulate longtime National Team program coach Joe Higgins on being among the 2016 class of inductees into the Delta Sports Hall of Fame. Higgins will be inducted in the coach category at a ceremony on October 22, 2016 in Delta, B.C.
Higgins has been a leader and contributor within the wheelchair basketball community for over 30 years. Throughout his career with Team Canada, he has been an assistant coach with the Senior Women’s National Team and the Junior Men’s National Team, and a head coach for the Senior Men’s National Team. He helped coach the senior women to a gold medal finish in the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, and led the senior men to a bronze medal finish at the 1994 World Championship on home soil in Edmonton, Alta.
Alongside his distinguished career with WBC, Higgins has been an athlete, coach, mentor and volunteer within the B.C. community. He continues to influence the development of new programs, contribute to the success of individual athletes and teams, and helps to increase participation in the sport within the province.
Among Higgins’ more recent accomplishments, he was awarded WBC’s 2011 Leadership Excellence Award, the B.C. Wheelchair Basketball Society’s 2013 Coach of the Year Award, and the 2013 Dr. Robert W. Jackson Award.
For more information on the Delta Sports Hall of Fame please visit www.deltasportshalloffame.ca.