Was created to permanently record the history of wheelchair basketball in British Columbia by establishing and maintaining an official archive for wheelchair basketball. In doing so, we accept nominations in alignment with the following achievements.
A) Recognize, honour and pay tribute to individuals and/or teams who have attained extraordinary achievement playing wheelchair basketball in British Columbia, Canada and/or internationally
B) Recognize, honour and pay tribute to individuals who have given distinguished service and who have made a major contribution to the development and advancement of wheelchair basketball in British Columbia, Canada and/or internationally
Nominations are now CLOSED for the BCWBS Class of 2023.
Nominations closed March 6, 2023.
BC Wheelchair Basketball is pleased to announce the Class of 2022 in the BC Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame. Congratulations to these amazing individuals inducted in the On Court Category.
Swimming was Marni Abbott-Peter’s first venture into para-sport and she competed as a member of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association’s national swim team from 1985 to 1988. At the 1986 Pan American Games in Puerto Rico, Marni swam to five medals—four gold and a silver.
In 1988, she discovered the sport that remains her passion to this day—wheelchair basketball.
Abbott-Peter, coached by Hall of Famer, Tim Frick, led Canada’s national women’s wheelchair basketball team to three gold medals and a bronze in her four Paralympic Games appearances (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004). She was the cornerstone on one of the most dominant teams in the history of Canadian amateur sport, which also won three consecutive world titles and produced a 43-game winning streak in world championship and Paralympic Games play.
“Winning my first Paralympic gold medal in Barcelona in 1992 was a moment for me that cannot be put into words,” says Marni. “The weight of the medal around my neck, sitting on the podium with my amazing teammates and seeing the Canadian flag being raised as our national anthem played; I get tears in my eyes just thinking about it. That experience changed my entire perspective on my ‘new’ life as a person with a disability, and it still drives me to this day. I enjoy meeting with people who are newly injured and helping them understand that they can still live a happy, active and fulfilling life post-injury. Introducing them to sport and showing them all of the doors that sport can open is an amazing gift, one that I received at the right time, and hopefully I can do the same for others.”
To honour her amazing career and contribution to wheelchair athletics, BC Wheelchair Sports and the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society named Abbott female athlete of the century and millennium respectively.
In 1987, when Hansen was finishing his Man in Motion tour with the final leg through British Columbia, Abbott wheeled alongside her inspirational role model through Enderby and Salmon Arm. His amazing athletic journey was coming to an end and hers was just beginning.
Since retiring as a competitive athlete, Abbott-Peter has focused her attention on coaching and giving back to the wheelchair basketball community. She is a leader and advocate for Paralympic sport both on and off the court and is currently the Assistant Coach for the Senior Women’s National Team.
After a distinguished career as one the world’s premier wheelchair basketball players, Abbott-Peter herself has become a role model for young Canadian athletes.
We acknowledge Marni Abbott-Peter as an athlete in the On Court category with BC Wheelchair Basketball Society, creating a legacy to the sport and community.
Richard “Bear” Peter began playing wheelchair basketball at age 15 after a team came to his school and introduced him to wheelchair sports. A proud member of the Cowichan Tribes, community was a huge part of Peter’s upbringing. Strength of family and his own determination helped him overcome a terrible injury at age four.
In 1994, Peter debuted on the Canadian national team and has been a pillar of strength for Canada ever since helping elevate the program to the best in the world. Individually, Peter is regarded as one of the fiercest defenders in the world, an effortless scorer, and one of the game’s most sportsmanlike players. His athletic accomplishments includes back-to-back Paralympic gold medals in 2000 and 2004, a Paralympic silver medal in 2008, a third Paralympic gold medal in 2012, and a world championship title in 2006.
He is known to many simply as Bear, a nod to his strength and the size of his hands, but also the size of his heart. Poll the world’s top wheelchair basketball coaches and players regarding about who they’d choose to build their ultimate dream team around and in the top five would be Duncan’s Richard Peter, warrior on wheels.
Peter is known for his tenacity, dedication and focus. A true teammate and a positive leader on and off the court, Peter makes himself available to provide advice, feedback and mentoring to younger players. An ambassador for the game and for Canada, Peter exemplifies fair play and sportsmanship. He credits intensive training and a commitment to continuously study the game as keys to his success.
Twice named winner of the Tom Longboat Award as Canada’s Male Aboriginal Athlete of the Year, he was also a two-time Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association Male Athlete of the Year, and the 2008 Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Athlete of the Year. In 2010, he was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2012, he received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for his outstanding athletic accomplishments.
After leading the Canadian wheelchair basketball team to another gold medal at the 2012 Paralympics in London, Peter chose to go out on top, retiring from international competition.
Bear continues to inspire the next generation with his commitment to para-sport and working with First Nations sports programs and Spinal Cord Injury BC as a Peer-Coordinator.
We acknowledge Richard “Bear” Peter as an athlete in the On Court category with BC Wheelchair Basketball Society, creating a legacy to the sport and community.
BC Wheelchair Basketball is pleased to announce the Class of 2021 in the BC Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame. Congratulations to these amazing individuals inducted in the On Court and Builder Categories.
As a player, builder and coach, Pat Harris has been a driving force behind wheelchair basketball in British Columbia for more than 40 years. He has also worked tirelessly to change attitudes toward disability and has helped make northern B.C. communities more accessible for people with mobility challenges.
When Harris reached high school, P.E. teacher Doug Everett introduced him to wheelchair sports and trained him in wheelchair racing. Everett changed Harris’s life.
Harris played for the Vancouver Cable Cars wheelchair basketball team from 1971 to 1974 and was a member of a Canadian championship team. He is also a two-time Paralympian in athletics. When Harris and his wife, Nancy, moved to Prince George in 1980, he found there were no wheelchair sports in the region and that general day to day accessibility for people in wheelchairs was limited. He knew it was up to him to begin building the foundations for wheelchair sports and accessibility infrastructure, including founding the Prince George Titans wheelchair basketball program, which is still going strong today, as the Prince George LumberJacks.
His involvement as a player and/or coach with the Titans stretched almost 30 years. During that time, he has organized countless wheelchair basketball demonstrations in Prince George and has travelled to numerous northern communities to encourage people with disabilities to stay physically active and to get involved in wheelchair sports. As a coach, he has played a significant role in helping many wheelchair basketball players advance to provincial, national and international levels of competition.
Harris also coached at several editions of the B.C. Winter Games, as well as the 2003 and 2007 Canada Winter Games. Continuing to stay involved in the sport, he was the sport chair for wheelchair basketball at the 2015 Canada Winter Games hosted in Prince George.
As a rehabilitation consultant and information services manager for Spinal Cord Injury B.C., Harris has shown a passion for enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities. He was instrumental in the formation of Accessibility Advisory Committees in Prince George, Quesnel and Fort St. John. He also spearheaded the Measuring Up the North Project, a partnership between Spinal Cord Injury B.C. and more than 40 northern B.C. communities. The program seeks to make northern towns more age- friendly, disability-friendly and inclusive for all citizens and visitors. For all he has done, Harris has been recognized with numerous awards.
We acknowledge Pat Harris in the Builder category with BC Wheelchair Basketball Society, creating a legacy to the sport and community.
Joe Higgins has been a leader and contributor within the wheelchair basketball community for over 35 years. During his outstanding career with Team Canada, he has been an assistant coach with the Senior Women’s National Team and the Junior Men’s National Team, and a head coach for the Senior Men’s National Team. He helped coach the senior women to a gold medal finish in the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, and led the senior men to a bronze medal finish at the 1994 World Championship on home soil in Edmonton, Alta.
Alongside his distinguished career with Wheelchair Basketball Canada, Higgins has been an athlete, coach, mentor and volunteer within the B.C. community. He continues to influence the development of new programs, contribute to the success of individual athletes and teams, and helps to increase participation in the sport within the province. Along with his involvement and development with athletes in B.C., Higgins is also involved with the Canadian Red Cross where he has taken his passion for wheelchair basketball and adapted sport to many international countries. He is always striving to show the best of the sport and bring out the best potential any person has inside of them.
“In wheelchair basketball we’re all one family. When you break your back or your neck, or you have cerebral palsy, polio, or spina bifida, the fact that you have to figure out a different way to do things makes a big difference to how important it is whether you won or lost a game,” Higgins said. “It doesn’t mean you don’t want to win. It doesn’t mean you’re not super competitive. It means after the game you recognize that there’s a life balance that’s more important.”
As a coach, the ultimate reward is to see your players improve. To see the joy on their faces as they master a new technique or to fight through the frustration of not yet being able to make their bodies do what they want to them to do. “I’m hoping that sport can be that little bit of a kick for people to see it’s not what you can’t do, it’s what you can do. Sport has been that for me in my life and I think it can be even more for people around the world who aren’t seen as the same or equal or employable,” Joe said. “They’re more than employable. They’re great human beings. They have great skills. They’re very good problem solvers because if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be able to do what they do.”
Joe is the founder of the wheelchair basketball “Breakfast Club,” and virtual training site to help better coaches and athletes alike with skills, drills and virtual challenges. Work Hard. Work Smart. Work Together.
We acknowledge Joe Higgins in the Builder category with BC Wheelchair Basketball Society, creating a legacy to the sport and community.
BC Wheelchair Basketball is pleased to announce the Class of 2020 in the BC Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame. Congratulations to these amazing individuals inducted in the On Court and Builder Categories.
Jaimie Borisoff, Vancouver, was introduced to wheelchair basketball while in rehab following a spinal cord injury and quickly moved through the system to represent his country. Jaimie was considered a leading member of the Canadian Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team from 1995 -2008 and the BC Provincial Team from 1991 – 2012. As a starter, he led Canada and BC when they were at their best internationally and provincially. His athletic ability, intelligence, leadership skills and competitiveness set him apart and made him a leader on and off the court.
He was a voice for his teams throughout his playing career, with teammates counting on him to confidently represent their team with officials, opponents, and coaching staff. Jaimie was always trying to improve his game by experimenting with his strapping and chair positioning while helping new lower class players do the same. He played as much with his mind as he did with his athletic ability, understanding what it would take to win every time he went onto the court.
As a class one athlete, he revolutionized the sport. He was always striving to make his teammates and the sport better. Jaimie was trusted by his teammates, with many great players who played for Canada considering Jaimie to be their leader.
2-time Paralympic Gold Medalist, Paralympic Silver Medallist
World Champion Gold Medallist and 2 -time World Champion Bronze Medallist
1998 World All-Star Team
8-time National Champions with Team BC and 11-time Nationals All-star Team
2008 NWBA Division 1 Champions with BC Cable Cars
5-time CWBL National Champions with Douglas College
BC Wheelchair Sports Association Athlete of the Year, 1998, 2006
BC Wheelchair Basketball Society Male Athlete of the Year, 2002, 2006
Wheelchair Basketball Canada Male Athlete of the Year, 2007
Wheelchair Basketball Canada Hall of Fame: Team Inductee, 2001, 2005, 2007
Sport BC Athlete with a Disability of the Year, 1999
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal: Governor General, 2012
University of British Columbia Athlete Big Block Award, 1996
All of these sport accomplishments were achieved while still attending university and becoming a Doctor in engineering! As the Canada Research Chair, Dr. Jaimie Borisoff is dedicated to making lives of those with disabilities better through rehabilitation engineering design. Rehabilitation engineering design looks at how people use devices in real life and, based on these observations, designs better versions.
Jaimie throughout his career showed not only he was a leader but strove to ensure all he did on and off the court made Canada a world leader too!
We acknowledge Jaimie Borisoff as an athlete in the On Court category with BC Wheelchair Basketball Society, creating a legacy to the sport and community.
Tim Frick, of Pender Island, has changed the sport of wheelchair basketball worldwide with his positive attitude and enthusiasm for the game. 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 Canadian sports. They went on a decade-long undefeated streak in major international competition, including winning an unprecedented three consecutive Paralympic gold medals in 1992, 1996 and 2000, and also four consecutive World Championship titles in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006.
Renowned for his coaching strategies both on and off the court, including his focus on mental preparation and sport science, Frick’s tutelage solidified Team Canada as one of the most dominant teams in the history of Canadian amateur sports.
Frick was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (2014), The Canadian Paralympic Hall
of Fame (2013), and the Wheelchair Basketball Canada Hall of Fame (2012), in recognition of his distinguished career and adding to an extensive list of accolades. Tim is a seven-time
recipient of the Coaching Excellence Award for his efforts in helping Canada to podium
finishes in major international competitions, as well as a recipient of the Coaching Association of Canada’s Geoff Gowan Award, Coaches of Canada Jack Donohue Award and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.
The Canadian Paralympic Committee also named its high-performance coaching excellence award the Tim Frick Paralympic Coach Excellence Award in his honour in 2010. The CPC recognizes that for an athlete to reach the highest levels of Paralympic sport excellence, they require a coach who provides the vision, leadership, knowledge, and dedication to accomplish this in a collaborative environment. Frick exemplified these traits throughout his career, and his legacy of professionalism, leadership and excellence have set a standard of performance expectation that all Paralympic coaches strive to attain.
Tim’s legacy extends beyond the medal count, as he continues to make significant contributions to the sport community through player and coach development. He is a respected mentor who strives to create greater opportunity for fellow coaches to gain valuable technical experience by actively implementing the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and spearheading clinics and training sessions designed to develop the next generation of great coaches and players. Tim is also an active athlete with the Victoria Wheelchair Basketball Club and plays in the BC-CWBL league.
We acknowledge Tim Frick as a coach in the On Court category with BC Wheelchair Basketball Society, creating a legacy to the sport and community.
A native of Vancouver, Kathy Newman is a visionary and passionate sport administrator who has dedicated nearly 40 years to creating opportunities for people with disabilities through sport. She pioneered several programs that have since been embraced across Canada, including the Bridging the Gap program, which connects newly injured people with disabilities to wheelchair sports. Sport has always been a part of Kathy Newman’s life, providing many opportunities for personal growth and for sharing her passion for sport with
others. She has worked tirelessly for more than three decades to increase the awareness of athletes with a disability worldwide, and wheelchair sport in Canada would not be the same without her.
A recognized leader in sport for athletes with a disability nationally and internationally, she was the executive director for BC Wheelchair Sports Association for 25 years where she brought a visionary and innovative approach to marketing and fundraising, event planning, strategic planning, governance management and policy development. Among her many accomplishments is being instrumental in bringing a number of groundbreaking events to Canada including the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships and inaugural
Women’s U25 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships.
Kathy received the 2020 W.A.C Bennett Award at the formal induction ceremony. This is a special recognition award of the BC Sports Hall of Fame, the most prestigious honour awarded by the Hall of Fame. It is presented, from time to time, to an individual who has made a significant, unique and lasting contribution to sport in the Province of BC. Over her vast career, Newman held numerous roles at all levels of engagement in wheelchair and adapted sport and for that we are truly grateful.
A thoroughly respected leader and administrator, Kathy’s influence on the development of Para sport hits all regions – local, provincial, national, and international. She has tirelessly worked to make sport more accessible for people with disabilities, and her involvement – whether it be developing or enhancing programming, hosting events, recruiting new athletes, advocating for more resources, or a number of other contributions – has had an immeasurable impact on the Paralympic Movement in Canada. Newman remains a member of the Board of Directors of both Wheelchair Rugby Canada and Wheelchair Basketball Canada today, and is also the chair of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation’s Competitions Committee.
We acknowledge Kathy Newman in the Builder category with BC Wheelchair Basketball Society, creating a legacy to the sport and community.
On May 16, 2019 BC Wheelchair Basketball Inducted our first Class of Builders and Leaders.
These founding board members created an organization that has grown into the incredible organisation you see today and through which 1000’s have benefited from our programs and services we deliver.
Throughout his career, Peter Colistro represented Canada at three Paralympic Games (1976, 1980, 1984) and two world championships (1979, 1986), helping the team secure silver in 1986. He is also a two-time Paralympic medallist in wheelchair athletics.As a force to be reckoned with on the Canadian courts, Peter played for the Vancouver Cable Cars from 1971-1986. The Cable Cars were one of the most dominant provincial clubs in Canadian wheelchair basketball history and Peter was a part of the team that won six straight national championship titles. As a close friend to Terry Fox, Peter was one of the friends to first introduce Fox to wheelchair basketball prior to the Marathon of Hope.
Norah Stronge, nee Fladgate, was the first female member of the board of directors and a founding member of the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society. She was the sister of founding member Stan Stronge and a strong female role model.On May 19, 1983, the Greater Vancouver Wheelchair Basketball Society was incorporated under the Society Act of BC. The society later changed its name to the BC Maple Leaf Wheelchair Basketball society and lastly to the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society (BCWBS)
After being injured at age 15, Rick worked on his rehabilitation, completed high school, then became the first student with a physical disability to graduate in physical education from the University of British Columbia.
In 1975, Rick was recruited to play wheelchair basketball by BC wheelchair basketball society founder, Stan Strong for the Vancouver Cable Cars, a powerhouse wheelchair basketball team that dominated the national championships in the 1970s and early 1980s. Hansen won multiple championships with the Vancouver Cable Cars and was also a member of the Canadian National Wheelchair Basketball Team from 1977 to 1983 and competed for Canada at the 1980 Paralympic Summer Games in Holland where the team finished in 5th place.
Rick’s influence in wheelchair basketball went beyond his performance on the court. In 1983, he became one of the founders and first directors of the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society. He also motivated a young Terry Fox to become involved in wheelchair sports after the amputation of his leg in 1977 due to bone cancer. That year, Hansen invited Fox to play for the Cable Cars. Fox won the national championships with Hansen and the rest of the team in 1978 and 1979 before embarking on his Marathon of Hope in 1980.
Bill Lynes began his involvement in Basketball by officiating in 1948, while in high school and also playing on the Trail high school team that went to the B.C. Championship in 1951.
After he moved to Vancouver in 1957, Bill began officiating with the Vancouver and District Basketball Association and refereed there from 1957 until 1978. Upon his retirement from officiating he was approached by the team manager of the Vancouver Cable Cars wheelchair basketball team and asked to take on the role of head coach.
Lynes agreed and coached from ’78 to ‘81. In that role, he coached the Canadian Wheelchair basketball team in the Paralympics in 1980 in Holland which finished in 5th place.
Wayne was all about community. Growing up in Port Coquitlam as part of a close knit family, Wayne lived there for much of his life. His deep roots in this community, and others, were evident from many years of generous volunteer and philanthropic commitment.
Wayne was a devoted member, and former club president, of the Port Coquitlam Kinsmen Club. He was active with Kinsmen for much of his adult life, working to support local programs helping citizens of all ages.
He was very active with the Port Coquitlam Seniors Housing Society and the Hawthorne Seniors Care Community. He was also a founding member, past chair and major contributor for the Heart of Hawthorne Foundation, growing a community of outstanding care for seniors. Wayne was a caring, hard working and generous individual. Community mattered to him and he contributed each and every day to make it better for everyone.
Before his spinal cord injury, Stan had been a high level soccer player, winning the 1936 Canadian national championships with the New Westminster Royals and even being asked to try out for an English 1st Division team. Post injury, he was unwilling to give up his love of sport, so in 1950 he and Doug Mowat teamed up with other athletes to form the first wheelchair basketball team in BC, the Dueck “Powerglides.”
Stan went on to become a player, mentor and motivator to others, inspiring players like Gene Reimer, Kevin Earl, Peter Colistro, Jeff Standfield, Reg McClellan and Rick Hansen to become involved both on and off the court. Stan was also instrumental in the formation of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association and as a founding member and director of the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society. Later in his sporting career, Stan dedicated countless hours to coaching Paralympic swimmers and organizing BC’s involvement in Para Pan Am games until his retirement. Stan is remembered as a passionate builder of wheelchair sports in BC whose legacy continues to this day.