Tamborero becomes first woman to win prestigious wheelchair tennis coaching award

    OTTAWA, April 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's national wheelchair tennis coach
Séverine Tamborero was named this month as the first woman recipient of the
International Wheelchair Tennis Association's (IWTA) coach of the year.
    She was named the 2006 recipient in recognition of her outstanding
contributions to wheelchair tennis at the international level. The certified
level four coach has traveled extensively at home and abroad throughout her
20-year career, and is a regular on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
    "We are very proud of Séverine. She has represented our country and the
wheelchair tennis program in an admirable fashion for two decades," said
Tennis Canada President and CEO Michael S. Downey. "Wheelchair tennis is an
important stream within our high performance development. It is through the
dedication of leaders such as Séverine that Tennis Canada has the respect of
the international tennis community for our vision in wheelchair tennis."
    Tamborero coached the Canadian wheelchair tennis team at the Paralympic
Games in 2000 and 2004.
    "All of us at the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) would like to
congratulation Séverine and thank her for her contributions to Canada's
Paralympic wheelchair tennis team," said CPC President Carla Qualtrough.
"Coaches play a key role in the success of our Paralympic athletes."
    Tamborero also was Canada's World Cup team coach on five occasions and
has been instrumental in the development of Canada's national team program.
    "This award means a great deal to me," said Tamborero. "Being part of a
federation like Tennis Canada which has wheelchair tennis integrated within
its able-bodied system is definitely a plus because it gives me more touring

For further information:

For further information: Michael Cvitkovic, Tennis Canada Media and
Communications Regional Director, (416) 650-7947; Carolyn Blakely, Tennis
Canada Media and Communications Manager, (416) 650-7922; Louis-Antoine Paquin,
Tennis Canada Communications and Public Relations, (514) 262-0803; Norma
Reveler, Canadian Paralympic Committee Media Relations, (613) 569-4333, ext.

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