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Michelle Stilwell

Birthdate

Sport(s)

Para athletics, Wheelchair basketball

Hometown

Parksville, BC

Michelle Stilwell continued her dominance in the women’s T53 metre wheelchair racing sprint events with gold in the 100-m and 400-m at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

In 2017, Stilwell was re-elected MLA for Parksville-Qualicum. She serves as the Official Opposition Critic for Tourism, Arts and Culture and is Deputy Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth.

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.

Stilwell was a member of the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team that won gold at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, the first female with quadriplegia 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.

Year Type
Host City
Medals
2016 Summer
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2
2012 Summer
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London, England
1
1
2008 Summer
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Beijing, China
2
2000 Summer
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Sydney, Australia
1

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2000, 2008, 2012, 2016 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)... nine-time world champion, and the world record holder in the 100m and 200m events in the T52 class (as of September 1, 2018).

 

PERSONAL

Stilwell lives with her husband Mark and son Kai... Stilwell became a quadriplegic at age 17 when she fell from a friend’s back while piggyback riding... Graduated from the University of Calgary in 1999 with a science degree

 

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2016 Paralympic Games 400m 1st

2016 Paralympic Games 100m 1st

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