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 in Mexico City 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.
At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, MacPherson will coach Stephanie Chan. Chan won gold at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games to earn her berth in Rio.
2007, 2011, 2015 Parapan Am Games…2000 and 2008 Paralympic Games
Retired school administrator…