At his fifth Paralympic Games in 2016, Benoit Huot made Canadian swimming history, surpassing Stephanie Dixon and tying Michael Edgson for second all-time with 20 Paralympic swimming medals (Tim McIsaac holds the record at 28). Huot’s highlight in Rio was a bronze medal in the 400-m freestyle in a personal best time which brought him to the magical 20-medal barrier.
In 2018, he was Canada’s Assistant Chef de Mission at the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia. Started MBA studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.
His best Paralympic Games were in Athens in 2004 with five gold medals and one silver. Four years earlier at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, he collected three gold medals and three silver. In 2008 at the Paralympic Games in Beijing, Huot won four bronze medals. Most recently, he won a medal of each colour at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. In London, Huot was named Team Canada’s flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony in recognition of his achievements.
Huot completed a self-described crazy year in 2014 with a gold medal in the 200-m IM at the Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships. He added a silver minutes later in the 100-m backstroke. The performances came on the heels of some bad news for Huot who had several of his Paralympic Games medals stolen from his home. The medals were later replaced.
In 2015, Huot raced at two major events. At the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games he earned a gold and four silver and also read the Athlete’s Oath in the Opening Ceremony; and at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland he won two silver and a bronze.