Michelle Stilwell

Michelle Stilwell


Michelle Stilwell was a member of the wheelchair basketball team that won gold at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney, the first female quadriplegic to do so. Complications to her spinal cord injury forced her to switch sports after Sydney. Stilwell took up wheelchair racing and at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics, won the 100 and 200-metre races in Games’ record times.  Four years later she collected gold and silver at the London Paralympics

At the 2011 IPC World Championships in New Zealand, Stilwell won three gold and a silver, and lowered the world mark in the 200 metres. She was Canada’s flag-bearer in the opening ceremonies. 

Stilwell became a quadriplegic at age 17 when she fell from a friend’s back while piggyback riding. A natural athlete, she always knew she would get back into sports, just in a different way.

Stilwell was a featured athlete in the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Super Athletes marketing campaign in 2012 and was given the nickname, “The Mastermind.”


World Record holder for the T52 100m, 200m… Won double gold at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics… Gold and silver in 2012 London Paralympics… Gold medalist in Wheelchair Basketball in 2000 Sydney Paralympics… The only Canadian female to have Paralympic gold medals from two separate summer sports (basketball and athletics).


Serves as an elected MLA for the riding of Parksville-Qualicum for the British Columbia legislature and is currently the Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation


2013 IPC World Championships 100m 1st
2013 IPC World Championships 200m 1st
2013 IPC World Championships 1st
2012 Paralympic Games 200m 1st
2012 Paralympic Games 100m 2nd
2008 Paralympic Games 100m 1st
2008 Paralympic Games 200m 1st





2015 Toronto Parapan AmsAthletics100m - Womengold
2012 London ParalympicsAthletics200m - Womengold
2008 Beijing ParalympicsAthletics100m - Womengold
2008 Beijing ParalympicsAthletics200m - Womengold
2000 Sydney ParalympicsWheelchair BasketballWheelchair Basketball - Womengold
2012 London ParalympicsAthletics100m - Womensilver


Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Athletics 100m - Women 1
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Athletics 800m - Women 8
Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 200m - Women 1
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 100m - Women 2
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 100m - Women 1
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 200m - Women 1
2000 Sydney Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 1