Wheelchair Basketball Canada Congratulates Bill Johnson on Coaching Excellence Award

(Ottawa, Ont.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada congratulates Bill Johnson, head coach of the Canadian Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team, who was honoured Friday with a Coaching Excellence Award for 2014 from the Coaching Association of Canada. The Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Awards were awarded at the Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Awards Gala, which took place in Ottawa on Friday, November 7, 2014.

These prestigious awards recognize coaches whose athletes have excelled at world championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games, and at the Special Olympics World Games.

Earlier this year Johnson led Team Canada to gold on home soil at the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Toronto, Ont. Canada defeated the number one ranked team in the world to win their fifth world championship title, and first in eight years.

Congratulations to Bill on the leadership and excellence you displayed in guiding our athletes to the top of the podium

“Bill and the Canadian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team seized the day and moved Canadians to the edge of their seats in June when they captured world championship gold in a truly dramatic fashion. It was a profound moment that will remain etched in the minds of Canadian wheelchair basketball fans for years to come. Congratulations to Bill on the leadership and excellence you displayed in guiding our athletes to the top of the podium,” said Wheelchair Basketball Canada Executive Director Wendy Gittens.

“Every year, the Coaching Association of Canada is proud to recognize coaches and coach developers for the positive impact they have on sport in Canada,” stated Lorraine Lafrenière, CEO of the CAC. “These coaches demonstrate the values and core competencies of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), and the positive impact that a coach’s passion, and dedication to the profession can have on an athlete in all aspects of their life. I’m proud to congratulate all of our 2014 Award Winners.”

A native of Winnipeg, Man., Johnson took over head coaching duties for the Canadian women’s team in 2009. He also led the team to a bronze medal at the world championship in 2010.

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