ATHLETE/COACH PROFILE - Clary Stubbert - Wheelchair Basketball
Clary Stubbert - Wheelchair Basketball
John (Clary) Stubbert has been involved in sport since as long as he can remember. Born with Spina Bifida (a congenital defect involving several vertebrae), he could not participate in school sports but was always involved as manager of the school’s basketball and soccer teams. In 1973, during his last year of High School, Clary was approached to try wheelchair basketball. At first, hesitant, he finally decided to give it a go and was immediately hooked. By 1977, Clary was invited to represent Canada at the Stoke Mandeville Games in England. He went on to compete in 2 Pan American Games, 2 Paralympic Games, and Three World Championships finishing his National team career with a silver medal at the Gold Cup in Melbourne Australia in 1986. Over his lengthy career, there were numerous allstar and MVP awards at events such as the Spitfire Challenge, NWBA Sectionals, National and International events. Clary has been honoured by PEI and twice by his home province of Nova Scotia. He was also inducted into the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.
Clary acted as an administrator, coach, classifier and also promoted the sport of wheelchair basketball through school demonstrations to encourage awareness and participation. Clary is now living in New Brunswick and coaches youth in the Moncton P506 Wheelchair Basketball Program. As he says “I will never be able to give back as much as I have been given by the wheelchair basketball.”