The Ontario Wheelchair Sports Community Mourns the Loss of Ken Thom


It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our President, Ken Thom.

Ken was the head of the OWSA but he was also the heart and soul of the organization. A tireless and dedicated volunteer, Ken served on the board of directors for decades and was a passionate advocate for sport opportunities for athletes with disabilities.

As a high performance coach, Ken created a program that allowed athletes to reach their full potential. He coached athletes at many National Championships, World Championships, Parapan Am and Paralympic Games. In addition to his coaching commitments, Ken somehow found time to dedicate to our association. Whether it was attending meetings, writing policies or running to raise money for our association, all we had to do was ask and Ken would be there. We will never be able to fill the void left by his passing.

Anyone that knew him, knew that Ken was more than a coach. He was a mentor, teacher, role model, confidant and friend. Our condolences go out to Jessica, Isaiah, Austin and all the athletes that had the privilege of calling him, “Coach”.

Our thoughts are with Karen, Christopher, Stephanie and Curtis at this very difficult time.