Jerry Tonello - Wheelchair Basketball
Born: December 29, 1956
Residence: Toronto, ON
Jerry Tonello grew up as an all-round athlete in football, basketball and a number of other sports. He is recognized in Canada as the first able-bodied player to compete at the national wheelchair basketball championships in 1992, although able-bodied players had been competing in the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association since 1989.
Tonello is a respected coach who pays particular attention to the game of the big men. Bringing a work ethic instilled by his parents to his job on the sidelines, Tonello has made a tremendous contribution to the national team program.
With Tonello as head coach, the Canadian Men’s Senior Team won the gold medal at the 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, UK; silver at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, UK; and silver at both the Americas Cup Qualifier in Vancouver, B.C., and Rollers World Challenge in Australia in 2009. He also coached the team to a bronze medal at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Tonello was an associate head coach from 2008 to 2009 and assistant coach from 1991 to 2007. During that time Canada won silver medals at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games and 2007 Rio Parapan American Games, along with gold at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games and 1991 International Games in Stoke Mandeville, England.