Year of Birth: 1962
Year of Induction: 2021
2021 Inductee Ken Hall has been an instrumental force in the para-sport community for many years and his initiatives have created lasting impacts with relation to the accessibility, high performance and fairness of athletics programs offered to para-athletes. In 1997, Ken Hall became a Para-Athletics coach while working with Cruiser sports for the physically disabled. He joined the Club Board in 2000 and volunteers at least 30 hours a week towards coaching athletics. Hall has long been an advocate for accessibility and equality within para-sport. As a para throws coach, Hall has developed a number of high-performance athletes including Kyle Pettey (3-time world record holder) and Paralympian Renee Foessel. Ken has been instrumental in coach and officials’ education in para throws in Canada, and is the co-author of the BC Wheelchair Sports Association Coaching Manual that is now utilized in NCCP Club Coach throws courses. For the past 5 years, Ken has also overseen the seated throws competition at the Canadian National Championships.
Ken Hall has been recognized for many awards including the 2008 Ron Foster Award, 2010 OCPSA Coach of the year, 2011 Ontario Coaching Excellence Award, 2012 Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2015 Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Prestige Award. Throughout Ken’s time in athletics, he has proved to be a tremendous role model and coach to a plethora of para-athletes. His work has not only created better opportunities for the para-athletes he coached but also opened the door to improve accessibility throughout para-sports for future athletes.