(Ottawa, Ont.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada congratulates legendary coach Tim Frick who will be inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame in the builder category.
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday that Frick, of Pender Island, B.C., will be inducted alongside fellow builder Kathy Shields (basketball), and athletes Horst Bulau (ski jumping), the late Sarah Burke (freestyle skiing), Pierre Harvey (cross-country skiing, cycling), Geraldine Heaney (hockey), Elizabeth Manley (figure skating), and Gareth Rees (rugby) at an induction ceremony on October 22, 2014 in Toronto, Ont.
“When I look at who is already in, it is both thrilling and humbling to join Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. To be the first Paralympic coach inducted is very special, but it would not be possible without the tremendous group of players who worked so hard and believed in both themselves and the team. This recognition belongs to them and to the people who so selflessly supported our dreams of gold. I could never truly thank them all,” said Frick.
“On behalf of the entire wheelchair basketball community I would like to offer Tim a very heartfelt congratulations on being named to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014. It is an incredible honour that is truly well deserved. In addition to being a remarkable individual, through unparalleled dedication and vision Tim continues to set the bar for all Canadians as a true pioneer, mentor, and ambassador for sport, said Wheelchair Basketball Canada Executive Director Wendy Gittens.
“Through unparalleled dedication and vision Tim continues to set the bar for all Canadians as a true pioneer, mentor, and ambassador for sport”
As Head Coach of the Canadian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team from 1990 to 2009, Tim developed Team Canada into one of the most dominant teams in the history of all Canadian amateur sports. He led Team Canada to an incredible decade-long undefeated streak in major international competition, including an unprecedented three consecutive Paralympic gold medals (1992, 1996, 2000), four consecutive Wheelchair Basketball World Championship titles (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006), and bronze medals at the Wheelchair Basketball World Championship (1990) and Paralympics (2004).
“The Class of 2014 is truly an inspiring group of Canadian sports heroes,” said Colin MacDonald, Chair of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Board of Governors. “We are proud to be able to share the stories of their achievements so that we can inspire all Canadians to be the best they can be in all aspects of life. Our new Honoured Members and a number of sports heroes from across Canada who have been previously inducted will be at the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Celebrations presented by Canadian Tire event in Toronto on October 22 to celebrate as the Class of 2014 are officially inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.”
Early in his career, Tim also coached Terry Fox and Rick Hansen during his Man in Motion World Tour.
“Tim Frick was my friend, my coach, and my Difference Maker. Tim challenged me to be the best I could be, to find excellence through hard work and purpose. Tim helped me become the “Man in Motion”,” said Hansen.
About Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is an international award-winning facility with over 40,000 square feet of inspiring experiences. Located at Canada Olympic Park (COP), site of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame features 12 galleries, more than 50 hands-on interactive experiences and a collection of more than 95,000 artifacts. Our mission is to share the stories of the achievements of our Honoured Members so that we can inspire all Canadians to be the best they can be in all aspects of life; Inspiring Canadians – in sport and life. For more information, please visit www.sportshall.ca.
About Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sports governing body responsible for the organization of the sport in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is committed to excellence in the development, support and promotion of wheelchair basketball programs and services for all Canadians from grassroots to high performance. Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport in which Canada is held in high esteem around the world for winning a combined six gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in the last six Paralympic Games.