(Ottawa, Ont.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada congratulates three-time Paralympic gold medallist Marni Abbott-Peter and distinguished multi-sport builder Dr. Donald Royer on the announcement of their induction into the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame.
“We are thrilled for Marni and Donald and we are proud to see their achievements be immortalized in the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame,” said Wheelchair Basketball Canada Executive Director Wendy Gittens. “They are dedicated leaders in the wheelchair basketball community and we are grateful for their profound contributions to the sport and to the Paralympic movement in Canada. We extend our congratulations to all of the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees.”
“They are dedicated leaders in the wheelchair basketball community and we are grateful for their profound contributions to the sport and to the Paralympic movement in Canada.”
Abbott-Peter, of Vancouver, B.C., enjoyed a successful playing career with one of the most dominant teams in Canadian amateur sport. As a member of the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team from 1992-2004, she captured an unprecedented three consecutive gold medals at the Paralympic Games (1992, 1996 and 2000) as well as three consecutive world championship titles (1994, 1998 and 2002). She also earned a Paralympic bronze medal in 2004, and briefly came out of retirement to help Canada take home a bronze medal at the world championship in 2010. She is now actively involved in coaching and giving back to the wheelchair basketball community in B.C.
Royer, of Sherbrooke, Que., is a tireless parasport advocate and dedicated, lifelong volunteer who has made significant contributions to Paralympic sport and the greater Paralympic movement both in Canada and around the world. He is a recipient of the Paralympic Order, the highest honour in Paralympic sport. Royer is a member of the Wheelchair Basketball Canada board of directors and a former coach of the Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Teams.
Abbott-Peter and Royer will be inducted alongside athletes Chantal Petitclerc (athletics) and Lauren Woolstencroft (para-alpine skiing), coach Wilf Strom (blind sports) and builders Audrey Strom (blind sports) and Gary McPherson (wheelchair sports) at a gala on November 27, 2015 in Ottawa, Ont.
McPherson, of Edmonton, Alta., also had ties to the wheelchair basketball community, as he served as the general manager of the Alberta Northern Lights Wheelchair Basketball Society.
The Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates those who have made a significant contribution to the growth and development of the Paralympic movement in Canada. These individuals will be acknowledged within the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame Honoured Members section located in the Olympic and Paralympic Gallery at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary.
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee’s vision is to be the world’s leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations.
For more information, visit www.paralympic.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.