Written by Laurel Crosby
Tim Frick is one of the most legendary amateur sport coaches of our time. He was the Head Coach of the Canadian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball from 1990 to 2009. His women’s team was one of the most dominant in the history of wheelchair basketball. With them, he led Canada to a decade-long undefeated streak capturing three consecutive Paralympic gold medals (1992, 1996, 2000) and four consecutive Wheelchair Basketball World Championship Titles (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006).
Tim was known for his innovative coaching style, which included a focus on mental preparation and sport science. He often experimented with a wide range of sport science strategies, including utilizing psychologists, researchers and personal trainers. As a result, many other sports have recognized the effectiveness and impact of including these strategies, as an important aspect of coaching.
Tim is the recipient of numerous coaching awards, including inductions into the Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012, the Canadian Paralympic Committee Hall of Fame in 2013, and Canada’s Sport Hall of Fame in 2014. He has also been awarded the Coaching Excellence Award on seven separate occasions.
Tim leaves countless legacies; the growth and development of the game of wheelchair basketball, innovations in coaching, and contributions to the sport community through the development and the mentorship of many other coaches. One of his greatest legacies, however, is his dedication and passion for wheelchair sports. He has been a volunteer for over 30 years and has made a significant difference in the world of wheelchair sports. For those that know Tim, one of the things that defines him is his engaging personality and incredibly dry sense of humour. No one tells Stan Stronge (for those who don’t know him, Stan was a pioneer, a legend and a character) stories in the truly hilarious way that Tim does or acknowledges the early days of wheelchair sport with wit, humour and a history through great stories. The CWSA is very fortunate that Tim continues to this day to contribute to wheelchair sports in innumerable ways.