The Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sport Association would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Earl Church. Dr. Church is the first coach to be inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Committee Hall of Fame. CCPSA is very proud of our long-standing relationship with Dr. Church. We have been fortunate to have Dr. Church serve as our Executive Director as well as our head coach (athletics).
For more than forty years Dr Church has been a fixture in the Canadian sporting community. His hard work, dedication and spirit have been of enormous benefit to many sporting organizations over the years. He has spent countless hours educating and caring for not only his athletes, but for the community around him in support of his athletes. From working with schools and school boards, varying sport associations, colleges and universities, as well as community groups, Dr. Church has brought the importance and value of coaching and athletics to the attention of our Nation.
Dr. Church's dedication led him to begin working with paralympic athletes in the late 1980s. Dr. Church shares with our athletes the knowledge and skill of the able-bodied world of athletics that would otherwise be difficult to attain. His influence has led to gold medals for several of our athletes, including three time Paralympic gold medalist, Joanne Berdan, and to both Paralympic and World Records. He was part of the coaching staff of the first fully integrated athletics team at the 1994 World Athletic Championships. He has also served as a mentor to many Para-Athletics coaches.
The Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA) is an athlete focused national organization administering and governing sport opportunities targeted to athletes with CP and related disabilities. CCPSA and its provincial partners cooperate as a proactive force to facilitate the development of equitable and fair sporting opportunities for our athletes.
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