Michelle Stilwell

Michelle Stilwell

 

Michelle Stilwell was a member of the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team that won gold at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, 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 2012 Paralympic Games.

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 says she always knew she would get back into sports, just in a different way.

Stilwell is now balancing her roles in politics and sport. She was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly for British Columbia for Parksville-Qualicum on May 14, 2013 and was appointed Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation on February 2, 2015.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2000, 2008, 2012 Paralympic Games… 2015 Parapan American Games… The only Canadian female to have Paralympic gold medals from two separate summer sports (wheelchair basketball and para-athletics).

PERSONAL

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. Is married to her husband Mark and they have a son, Kai.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2015 Parapan American Games 100m 1st

2013 IPC World Championships 100m 1st

2013 IPC World Championships 200m 1st

2013 IPC World Championships 800m 1st

2012 Paralympic Games 200m 1st

2012 Paralympic Games 100m 2nd

2011 IPC World Championships 100m 1st

2011 IPC World Championships 200m 1st

2011 IPC World Championships 400m 1st

2011 IPC World Championships 800m 2nd

2008 Paralympic Games 100m 1st

2008 Paralympic Games 200m 1st

2006 IPC World Championships 200m 1st

2006 IPC World Championships 100m 2nd

2000 Paralympic Games wheelchair basketball 1st

 

 

 

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2016 Rio ParalympicsAthletics100m - Womengold
2016 Rio ParalympicsAthletics400m - Womengold
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

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2016 Rio Paralympics Athletics 400m - Women 1
2016 Rio Paralympics Athletics 100m - Women 1
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 100m - Women 2
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 200m - Women 1
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 100m - Women 1
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 200m - Women 1
2000 Sydney Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Basketball - Women 1
Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Athletics 100m - Women 1
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Athletics 800m - Women 8