Congratulations to long-time CWSA President Donald Royer, who received the prestigious Jacques-Beauchamp Award recently at the Sport Quebec Gala in Laval, Que. The award recognized his outstanding contribution to sport.
“Donald Royer has been involved with wheelchair sports in Canada from the very beginning,” said CWSA CEO Cathy Cadieux. “His contributions as a coach, team leader, educator and board member have impacted the development of wheelchair sport from recreational activities to dynamic, powerful Paralympic sport programs.”
Royer has volunteered in countless roles since the beginning of the Canadian parasport movement. He was the first president of the Quebecois Wheelchair Sports Association: a post he held from 1984 – 2011. He has been the president of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association since 1999 and is currently president of Parasport Quebec. He also served as president of the International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation and contributed to the formation of the International Paralympic Committee Sports Council.
For his work, Royer has received numerous honours. He was inducted into the Wheelchair Basketball Canada Hall of Fame as a builder in 1996, was the first winner of the Dr. Robert W Jackson award for outstanding community service, and received the Paralympic Order – the IPC’s highest honour – in 2003.
Congratulations to Donald Royer on this well-deserved honour.