Sport: Wheelchair Basketball
Current Coaching Position: Head Coach, Wheelchair Basketball, Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled (www.cruisers-sports.com)
CAC Program Involvement: Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
Mentor: Michael Broughton
“Kathy Ludwig’s enthusiasm for coaching wheelchair basketball is described as ‘unwavering’. She will make an excellent contribution to Team Ontario’s performance in the role of a coach at the upcoming 2011 Canada Winter Games. She has the right combination of a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and passion that will carry her throughout this experience as an apprentice,” - Faye Blackwood, Sport and Recreation Consultant, Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion
As a child, Kathy participated in every sport she could, including girls’ hockey back in 1972. She began playing baseball and basketball at the age of seven in Montreal and continued playing throughout high school. Soccer became a passion when she was introduced to the sport at the age of 10 in Ridgetown, Ont. Moving to Ottawa in Grade 9, she convinced a gym teacher to start a girls’ team. As well as playing for her high school team, she played on elite teams. As an adult, Kathy joined a Brampton, Ont., women’s team while her children played on the sidelines. “There is nothing like winning the championship soccer game in overtime while it pours rain.”
When her daughter showed an interest in soccer, Kathy helped to coach her team. When her son was born with Spina Bifida and she could not find a local program for him, Kathy and a friend began a multi-sport group for children with physical disabilities in 1992. The group grew and added a wheelchair basketball team in 2001. Both groups joined Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled in 2008, located in Mississauga, Ont. Kathy serves as head coach and director of wheelchair basketball.
Speech Language Therapy Assistant
• National Coaching Certification Program, Competition – Introduction Parts A and B
• Studied chemistry at university
Expectations of the Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
“I feel very fortunate to be selected by the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association to be part of this program. This experience has already allowed me to network with other women from across the country and given me ideas on how to move forward as a coach. I look forward to attending the 2011 Canada Winter Games and gaining a huge amount of experience that I can bring back to Cruisers Sports and help our athletes grow as players.”
Greatest achievement: Being able to establish Blazers Wheelchair Sports Group.
Source of motivation: Completely motivated by the athletes and how hard they work at their sport.
Greatest wish: That the Paralympic Games will one day be integrated into the Olympic Games.