Two former Thunderbirds to enter Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Kathy Shields (left) and Tim Frick (right)

VANCOUVER – Two former UBC Thunderbirds who made their mark in the world of coaching have been inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in the builders category.

Renowned wheelchair basketball coach Tim Frick and CIS basketball legend Kathy Shields (nee Williams) were unveiled as part of a 2014 class that includes six of Canada’s greatest athletes.


Frick was member of UBC’s excellent men’s volleyball teams of the early 1970s. He graduated from UBC in 1975 with a Bachelor of Phyiscal Education degree and then finished a Master of Education in 1980. After his time as a varsity athlete, Frick embarked on a career in coaching.

He coached the VCC Langara men’s volleyball team to the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association national championship in 1980.

Ten years later, Frick became the head coach of Canada’s national women’s wheelchair basketball team. Over the next 19 years, he developed the program into one of the most dominant in Canadian sports history.

Frick coached Team Canada to an incredible decade-long undefeated streak in major international competition, including an unprecedented three consecutive Paralympic gold medals (1992, 1996, 2000), four consecutive Wheelchair Basketball World Championship titles (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006), and bronze medals at the Wheelchair Basketball World Championship (1990) and Paralympics (2004).

He has also had the distinction of coaching both Rick Hansen and Terry Fox in volleyball and track during their younger years and was involved with Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion Tour.

“Tim Frick was my friend, my coach, and my Difference Maker. Tim challenged me to be the best I could be, to find excellence through hard work and purpose. Tim helped me become the “Man in Motion”,” said Hansen.

Frick already owns numerous honours, including membership in the Order of British Columbia. In 2010 the Tim Frick Paralympic Coach Excellence Award was created.

Shields was part of the 1969-70 Thunderbirds women’s basketball team is enshrined in the UBC Sports Hall of Fame after winning the Western Canada university and the Canadian Senior ‘A’ titles.

She went on to have an incredible coaching career with both the University of Victoria and the Canadian national team program. The West Vancouver native won eight CIS national championships as head coach of Victoria and owns an outstanding 320-50 record.

In 1993, she was named the Canadian women’s national team head coach and promptly coached the squad to a seventh-place finish at the FIBA World Championships.

In 2008, Shields was made a member of the Order of British Columbia.

Fourteen of her athletes have gone on to represent Canada internationally while eight former athletes and assistant coaches have become head coaches of university teams

– with files from Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and Fred Hume (UBC Thunderbirds Historian)

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