Induction year: 2013
Sport: Wheelchair Basketball
Tim Frick of Pender Island, B.C. once coached Rick Hansen and Terry Fox and was the head coach of Canada's national women's wheelchair basketball team from 1990 to 2009. He led Canada to an 11-year winning streak, an unprecedented three consecutive Paralympic gold medals (1992, 1996 and 2000) and four consecutive World Championship titles (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006).
An innovative coach who spearheaded major innovations in sport development and sport science, Frick solidified Team Canada as one of the most dominant teams in the history of Canadian amateur sports.
"Tim Frick has left a 30-year legacy of excellence both on and off the court," said Arley McNeney of the B.C. Wheelchair Sports Association. "He remains a passionate builder within the wheelchair sports community and continues to advocate for wheelchair athletes at all levels."
In 2013, the University of British Columbia alumnus was inducted into the Basketball B.C. Hall of Fame just a few months after receiving the same honour from Wheelchair Basketball Canada's Hall of Fame. In 2009, Frick received the Geoff Gowan Lifetime Achievement Award from the Coaching Association of Canada and in 2008 he won the Jack Donahue Coach of the Year Award.
The Canadian Paralympic Committee established the Tim Frick Paralympic Coach Excellence Award in 2010. It is presented once every two years to a Paralympic Games coach, following the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.
Frick first met Rick Hansen in 1977 as a physical education student at UBC. He coached the Canadian wheelchair hero in marathons and also helped launched the world famous Man in Motion Tour. Frick coached Terry Fox in track and wheelchair volleyball, and played with him in wheelchair basketball. He also coached track at the 1980 and 1984 Paralympic Games.