John MacPherson


John MacPherson has been coaching Paralympic table tennis for nearly 15 years. Before becoming a coach, he was a Paralympic table tennis player himself. As an athlete, he competed at the 1999 Parapan Am Games and the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, where he finished in positions 13-20 in his class in singles event.

MacPherson was inspired to coach by simply watching other coaches with their players. Coming from a Paralympic sport background, he saw a good fit for himself as a coach for the sport. Coaching also provides him with fuel for his competitive and fitness needs.

He abides by the motto, “Never give up”. MacPherson’s biggest accomplishment and most rewarding experience as a coach was his team’s performance at the 2007 Parapan American Games in Rio, where his team won a spectacular five medals.

He is a retired school administrator.


Led Canada to five medals at Rio de Janeiro 2007 Parapan Am Games… Played at 1999 Parapan Am Games and 2000 Paralympic Games... Coached at 2007 and 2011  Parapan Ams and 2008 Paralympic Games.