The Canadian Paralympic Sport Awards recognizes outstanding athlete and team performances at the Paralympic Games, as well as excellence in coaching at both the high performance and development levels.
The awards were created by the Canadian Paralympic Committee following the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games and have been awarded following each Paralympic Games since then.
2023 Development Coach of the Year – Ken Hall, Para Athletics
Originally starting as a throws coach at Cruisers Sports in Ontario, Hall works at all levels of sport, from volunteering and lending his expertise at community try-it days and local meets to coaching world championships medallists on the national team. He always ensures athletes are having a positive experience, and his collaborative approach in working with athletes, coaches, officials, and other stakeholders has been central to his success in advancing Para sport across Canada.
A valued member of the Paralympic community for decades, Hall’s advocacy, passion, and commitment has had a lasting legacy on greater accessibility, equity, and opportunities for Para athletes.
Best PARALYMPIC Debut BY A FEMALE ATHLETE
The award for Best Paralympic Debut by a Female Athlete goes to a female athlete who achieved outstanding results in their debut Games.
Best PARALYMPIC Debut BY A MALE ATHLETE
The award for Best Paralympic Debut by a Male Athlete goes to a male athlete who achieved outstanding results in their debut Games.
Best Female Athlete
The award for Best Female Athlete recognizes and celebrates a female athlete for outstanding athletic performances at the Paralympic Games.
Best Male Athlete
The award for Best Male Athlete recognizes and celebrates a male athlete for outstanding athletic performances at the Paralympic Games.
Best Team Performance
The award for Best Team Performance recognizes and celebrates a team's outstanding athletic performances at the Paralympic Games.
Tim Frick Paralympic Coach Excellence Award
The Tim Frick Paralympic Coach Excellence Award recognizes a coach who provides the vision, leadership, knowledge, and dedication towards setting an environment that supports an athlete's journey to reach the highest levels of Paralympic sport excellence.
Development Coach Of The Year Award
The Development Coach of the Year Award recognizes a coach within the development environment who has had an exceptional influence on the recruitment, identification, and progression of athletes through the sport's development pathway.