Janice Dawson - Goalball
Date of Birth: June 11, 1967
Birth Place: Ottawa, ON
Residence: Calgary, AB
Role: Head coach
Janice Dawson has been involved in sport for most of her life. Before becoming head coach for the Women’s National Goalball Team, Dawson was a competitive speed skater. She also volunteered at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics at the speed skating oval.
Dawson was introduced to goalball when a friend asked her to help coach the Alberta Women’s Team. She was impressed with how the athletes moved on the court – blocking, passing, throwing and communicating. Dawson has now been coaching athletes with a disability for 14 years, starting in 1998.
One of the most rewarding experiences she has experienced was when everyone came together as a team to win gold at the 2011 IBSA World Championships in Turkey and qualified for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Dawson is immensely proud of the team she is part of and is appreciative of all the opportunities afforded to her.
Dawson’s goal for the team in London is to reach the podium - she believes there's nothing like an Olympic or Paralympic Games to inspire a nation.