New Paralympic Coach Excellence Award Named After Wheelchair Basketball Canada Coach Tim Frick

October 16, 2010

(Ottawa, ON) Wheelchair Basketball Canada congratulates former Sr. Women¹s
Wheelchair Basketball Coaching great Tim Frick who was selected by the
Canadian Paralympic Committee¹s (CPC) Coaches Council when naming their new
coaching excellence award ­ ³The Tim Frick Paralympic Coach Excellence
Award.²

Frick led Team Canada to an unprecedented three straight Paralympic gold
medals in 1992, 1996, and 2000 as part of a run of nine consecutive podium
finishes at the Paralympic Games and World Championships between 1990-2006.

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, as a Paralympic coach, 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.

³To be recognized in this manner is overwhelming.  I was fortunate to  have
very talented and dedicated athletes, unbelievable support staff and
assistant coaches, and the incredible support of Wheelchair  Basketball
Canada, the CPC and the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific,² said Frick.

³That made it easy to pursue excellence, but to be honoured with the  naming
of the Paralympic Coach Excellence award is acknowledgment of  how much it
takes to win gold internationally and how hard it is to stay at the top for
so long,² said Frick.

The award is one of distinction, as it is only presented once every four
years to a Summer Paralympic Games Coach, and once every four years to a
Winter Paralympic Games Coach. The bi-annual award recipient will be
honoured at the CPC Congress banquet that follows the most recent Paralympic
Games. The CPC Coaches Council selects the successful nominee.

³On behalf of my coaching fraternity and  particularly as a long time member
of Coaches of Canada, I would like  to express my gratitude that the
contribution that coaches make has  been valued so highly.  We have an
amazing cadre of great coaches in  Canada therefore it is really special to
be singled out in this fashion,² said Frick.

The 2010 Selection Committee consists of: Ozzie Sawicki (Athletics/Alpine
Skiing), Chair, CPC Coaches Council; Craig McCord (Swimming), CPC Coaches
Council; Kasper Wirz (Cross Country Skiing), CPC Coaches Council; Stephen
Burke (Cycling), CPC Coaches Council.

To nominate a coach, please email a letter outlining how the nominee meets
the award criteria to Laura Domenicucci care of ldomenicucci@paralympic.ca;
by fax to (613) 569-2777; or by mail to 85 Alberta St., Suite 1401 Ottawa,
ON K1P 6A4, Attn: Laura Domenicucci.  For questions, please contact Laura at
613-569-4333 x234.

Nomination deadline: Friday October 15, 2010.

For more information, please contact:

Jody Kingsbury, Communications & Media Relations
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
(613) 260-1296 ext. 204
jkingsbury@wheelchairbasketball.ca
<mailto:jkingsbury@wheelchairbasketball.ca>

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About the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)

The CPC is a non-profit, private organization with 43 member sports
organizations responsible for creating an optimal environment for
high-performance Canadian Paralympic Athletes to compete and win in the
Paralympic and Parapan American Games, and by promoting their success,
inspire all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport. The next
Parapan American Games will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, from November
19-27, 2011, while the next Paralympic Games will be hosted in London in
2012.

About Wheelchair Basketball Canada

Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sports governing body
responsible for the organization of wheelchair basketball in Canada. It is a
non-profit, charitable organization that is the Canadian member to the
International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF).

Wheelchair basketball is a fast paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport that
has emerged as one of the most competitive and athletic sports played at the
Paralympic Games. Our senior national teams are held in high esteem around
the world for the elite skill and control that placed them on the podium
with a combined five gold and one silver medal in the last four Paralympic
Games. Visit www.wheelchairbasketball.ca
<http://www.wheelchairbasketball.ca>  for more information.

For more information, please contact:

Jody Kingsbury, Communications & Media Relations
Wheelchair Basketball Canada
(613) 260-1296 ext. 204
jkingsbury@wheelchairbasketball.ca
<mailto:jkingsbury@wheelchairbasketball.ca>