Amongst several famous Canadian athletes, Dr. Robert D. Steadward, former president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), was recognized as the man whose efforts spearheaded the growth of sport for persons with a disability. As founding IPC President from 1989 to 2001, Dr. Steadward helped to move disability sport out of the hospitals and rehabilitation centres and onto the biggest world sporting stages, helping to reshape attitudes about people with a disability in society in the process.
In addition to his work for the Paralympic Movement, he worked as professor at the University of Alberta as well as founded the Steadward Centre, which provides fitness facilities for persons with a disability.
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame recognizes and honours Canada's sports heroes. It is the Hall's mission to inspire Canadian identity and national pride by telling the compelling stories of those outstanding achievements that make up Canada's sports history. The addition of these athletes and builders brings the total number of Honoured Members in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame to 489.