Coaching Association of Canada

Canada’s Paralympic coaches primed for success in Beijing

March 1, 2022

OTTAWA, ON (March 1, 2022) – The Coaching Association of Canada is pleased to present the 14 coaches who have been named to represent Team Canada at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games from March 4 to March 14. 

Of the selected coaches, seven have been granted the official designation of Chartered Professional Coach® (ChPC) by the CAC, while three hold the status of Registered Coach (RC). ChPCs and Registered Coaches represent all sports, and they are recognized as individuals who value coaching excellence and its impact on enhancing the athlete experience.


“The Coaching Association of Canada is exceptionally proud of our Canadian coaches and athletes for the perseverance they have shown in preparation for the Games,” said Lorraine Lafrenière, Chief Executive Officer of the CAC. “We commend their ability to adapt and succeed in this environment, and we thank them for their commitment to coaching excellence and ensuring a safe and positive sport experience for their athletes.” 

Team Canada is sending 49 athletes to Beijing and will have representatives in all five winter sports in Beijing: Para ice hockey, Para nordic skiing, Para alpine skiing, wheelchair curling, and Para snowboard. The team includes 25 Paralympic medallists and 19 first-time Paralympians.

Mick Lizmore, ChPC, will be making his Paralympic debut as the Head Coach of the national wheelchair curling team after being appointed in May of 2020. While Lizmore is honoured and excited to be representing his country in the upcoming Games, the team’s eyes are set on the preparation and efforts necessary to compete for a  Paralympic medal.

“It’s not very often that you get to represent your country internationally and we’re looking forward to a new and exciting experience as a team,” said Lizmore, the London, Ontario native. “But at the same time, we’re there to compete against a very strong field and do our best to earn a podium finish by the end of the week.”

The Para ice hockey team is being led by Head Coach Ken Babey, ChPC. Babey brings years of coaching knowledge and prior Games experience, having led the 2018 national team to a Paralympic Silver in PyeongChang. 

“The Paralympic Winter Games are the pinnacle of our game, and it is a true honour to be a part of the Canadian Paralympic Team’s para hockey team in Beijing,” said Babey. “The Paralympics are the biggest stage for our athletes, as well as our coaching and support staff, and we are excited for the opportunity to represent the country as we look to accomplish our goal of winning a gold medal for Canada.”

For more information on the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games, please visit the official Canadian Paralympic Committee website.

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About the Coaching Association of Canada

The Coaching Association of Canada unites stakeholders and partners in its commitment to raising the skills and stature of coaches, and ultimately expanding their reach and influence. Through its programs, the CAC empowers coaches with knowledge and skills, promotes ethics, fosters positive attitudes, builds competence, and increases the credibility and recognition of coaches. 

About the Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) designation 

The ChPC® is the professional designation for sport coaches in Canada. The CAC grants the official designation of the ChPC and the status of Registered Coach to professionals in the field of coaching in Canada.

The designation signals to parents, sport organizations, and to other coaches a commitment to embody and uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct in coaching.

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Manager, Marketing and Communications
Coaching Association of Canada
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