Anne Marie Glenn, MD - Classifier - 1998
Position: Classifier (1988 - 1995)
Hall of Fame Induction: 1998 (1st Classifier inducted)
One of the true pioneers of the Sport, Anne Marie who specialized in spinal cord injuries was a long time supporter of disabled sport. She classified athletes in several different sports before Quad Rugby came along. She was the first classifier in the USQRA, and was instrumental in developing the sports first classifiers. She became head classifier for the USQRA when the Association started. She not only educated other potential classifiers, but players as well. Hearing players' opinions about trunk function, strong sides, and other considerations helped her develop a more equitable system for classifying players in the sport.
Anne Marie's experience with Quads and the sport led her to develop our current International system that all but eliminated the old three-point system. In 1991, she led a monumental meeting on classification at the USQRA National Tournament in Tampa, Florida. The meeting lasted over two days with team representatives having a say what they wanted weighed into the new system. From this she evolved our current system and then sold it to the International community, which included Canada at the time. At the 1992 Toronto International Tournament, the system was adopted at the International level and is still utilized by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) today.
In 1993, the IWRF was founded at the Stoke Mandeville games where Anne Marie served as a classifier. At these games the first International Board was elected. Anne Marie fittingly was elected as Head Classifier for the IWRF. Anne Marie worked hard in trying to build a universal understanding of the system, which would be consistent throughout the International community.
Dr. Glenn was a great promoter of the game, as she founded the Best of the West annual tournament that is still played today. She also helped keep the Andy Beck Classic tournament going annually by moving it to Corpus Christi after Dallas could no longer put it together. Both tournaments were used to foster the growth of classifiers. Her top pupil and fellow Hall of Famer, Diane Bulger would take Anne Marie's spot as Head Classifier in the U.S. when she took her International post. Diane would also replace her when Lung Cancer shortened her illustrious career and life in February of 1997. Unfortunately Ann Marie was never able to see Rugby played in the 96 Paralympics due to her cancer battle. She left behind a strong foundation for our current system and will long be remembered for pioneering International classification.