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Frank Henderson




Wheelchair Sports


Saint John

Year Inducted


Sport Ambassador

black athlete

Frank Henderson



Saint John born Frank Henderson has accumulated medals throughout his 50 year career in Wheelchair Sports, including athletics and basketball. Henderson kept working towards his dream to become a professional athlete despite a polio diagnosis at the age of 4. Between 1971, the year of his first international competition, and 1988, Henderson participates in either provincial, national or international competitions every consecutive year. Most notably, he won a silver medal at the 1972 Paralympics in Heidelberg, Germany, and silver and bronze medals at the 1976 Paralympics in Toronto. Upon retirement, he coached basketball to other physically disabled athletes in New Brunswick and co-captained the Canadian Wheelchair All-Star team. Henderson was granted the Commemorative Medal during the 125th Confederation’s anniversary in 1992 and in 1995 he was a recipient of the New Brunswick Service Award.

Quick Facts

  • Paralympian who represented Canada at the 1972 and 1976 Games. 

  • Silver medalist at the 1972 Paralympics in Men’s 60m Relay. 

  • Bronze medalist at the international Stoke Mandeville Games in 1971 in the Men’s 100m Relay. 

  • Won 5 Silver and 2 Bronze medals at the 1976 Canadian National Wheelchair Games. 

  • Won 80 medals throughout his career in Basketball and Track & Field

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