(Ottawa, Ont.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada is pleased to announce that Melanie Hawtin has accepted the role of Canadian Wheelchair Basketball League (CWBL) Women’s Commissioner.
Franks, a Paralympic track star and wheelchair basketball world champion, spent two seasons with the Canadian Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team from 2006-2008. She has since focused her attention to coaching and brought Team Saskatchewan to its first podium finish at the 2015 CWBL Women’s National Championship. As a seasoned coach and player, her contributions as CWBL Women’s Commissioner played a key role in helping Wheelchair Basketball Canada align the competition system with our LTAD model through the competition review process.
As the incoming CWBL Women’s Commissioner, Hawtin will be working closely with the Wheelchair Basketball Canada Domestic Committee to provide equal representation and act as the voice for women who play wheelchair basketball in Canada. She will create an open channel of communication to teams, coaches and athletes to ensure members’ needs are met.
Hawtin has been a player on the Canadian Senior Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team since 2014, helping the team to victory at the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship and to a silver medal at the Parapan American Games in 2015.