(Ottawa, ON—Oct. 13, 2015) – The Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association congratulates Dr. Donald Royer on his induction into the Canadian Paralympic Committee Hall of Fame. For over 40 years, Royer has been a tireless advocate of athletes with a disability in multiple sports as a coach, referee, researcher, team leader, judge, board member and federation delegate. He has been on the CWSA Board of Directors since 1975, including 16 years as president.
“It is impossible to overstate Donald’s contribution to the parasport movement,” said CWSA CEO Cathy Cadieux. “We are so thrilled that the Canadian Paralympic Committee has recognized his amazing contributions at home and abroad.”
Royer began his involvement in wheelchair sports as a coach, leading Canada’s women’s wheelchair basketball team from 1977-79 and acting as the chief bench boss of the Canadian’s men’s team in 1986. He has also coached athletics and powerlifting and served as team manager or team leader for an incredible range of international events, including 13 Paralympic Games.
Royer has also served on an incredible range of boards of directors and committees, including the International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation, CWSA, the Canadian Paralympic Committee Executive Council, Wheelchair Basketball Canada, the Executive Committee of the International Paralympic Committee and Parasports Québec. For his tireless dedication, he has received numerous awards, including the Jacques-Beauchamp Award, the Robert W. Jackson Award, the Rick Hansen Award and the Paralympic Order.
The Canadian Paralympic Committee Hall of Fame induction ceremony and celebration dinner is set for Friday, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa.