The Canadian Paralympic Committee has revealed the seven inductees into the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame for 2015, according to a media release from the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
The Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame class of 2015 includes, in the athlete category: Chantal Petitclerc, a wheelchair racing Paralympic Games athlete from Montreal; Marni Abbott-Peter, from Vancouver, who competed on the national women’s basketball team at the Paralympic Games; and Lauren Woolstencroft, from North Vancouver, who competed at the Paralympics in para-alpine skiing.
The coach category includes Canadian Blind Sports national swim coach Wilf Strom, from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Inductees in the builder category include: Audrey Strom, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who is the first Chairperson of Swimming for the Canadian Blind Sports Association, as well as the International Blind Sports Federation; Dr Ronald Royer from Sherbrooke, Quebec, who has served as a team manager or team leader at 13 Paralympic Games, and has conducted many international clinics and training camps; and Gary McPherson, from Edmonton, Alberta, who has spent more than 20 years in wheelchair sports administration.
The inductees will be honored during an induction ceremony and celebration dinner November 27 at the Shaw Center in Ottawa.
Once induced, the seven 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, the release explains.
The Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame was initiated in 2000 to recognize and celebrate those who have made a significant contribution to the growth and development of the Paralympic Movement in Canada. The hall of fame induction process occurs every 2 years, during a non-Paralympic Games year, per the release.
[Source(s): Canadian Paralympic Committee, PR Newswire]