Photo Courtesy of Seaside Studios

At the age of 17 Michelle was rendered quadriplegic after falling from a friends back while piggyback riding. Prior to her injury Michelle was involved in many sports. She excelled at track, basketball and ringette. Her injury has not put a stop to her enjoyment of these sports, just a few alterations.

A gold medalist at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Wheelchair Basketball, Michelle Stilwell is no stranger to athletic success. However, Michelle was forced to quit basketball shortly after the games due to complications arising from her spinal cord injury. Despite this, rather than give up, she moved to a whole new sport and channeled her competitive drive and passion for sport into making one of the most meteoric rises for any Canadian athlete ever‚going from a novice Wheelchair racer to World champion in just two years. In fact, in 2006 she won a Gold medal and set a new games record at the World Championships in the 200m and captured silver in the 100m.

In 2007, 2009, and 2010 Michelle won the women’s quad division at the Vancouver Sun Run 10k and the Victoria Times Colonist 10k but her specialty lies in sprints where she won numerous track and field competitions in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m events.

In May of 2008, just seven weeks post surgery Michelle broke the World Record in both the 100m and 200m. Four months later success was found again in Beijing at the Paralympic Games where Michelle found herself on top of the podium for the 100m and 200m events breaking Paralympic Records in both. In 2011, Michelle brought home 3 Gold medals and a Silver from the IPC World Championships in New Zealand. An incredible comeback after major spine surgery just 5 months prior.

In 2012 Michelle made history as she repeated as Paralympic Champion in the 200m at the London Paralympic Games. Michelle also captured the silver medal in the 100m.

Michelle is extremely dedicated to training, bringing her competitive drive to athletics after an extremely successful international career in Wheelchair Basketball. She manages to juggle full time child rearing,   marriage, the training required to compete at the international level all while representing her constituents as the MLA for Parksville/Qualicum and the Minister Of Social Development and Social Innovation for the Province of British Columbia. Michelle actively speaks about the stages of her life, the circumstances that brought her to become a wheelchair athlete, her major victories, and her minor disappointments. Her words to live by are “Remove self-imposed limitations - anything is possible with a positive attitude.” 

Michelle recently competed in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games successfully topping the podium in both the 100m and 400m breaking Paralympic records in both events.


Awards and Distinctions

 

  • 2016 Inducted the BC Sports Hall of Fame
  • 2016 Female Athlete of the year - BC Athletics
  • 2016 - Outstanding Para Athlete of the year - BC Athletics
  • 2012 Outstanding Para Athlete of the Year - Athletics Canada
  • 2012 Female Athlete of the Year Finalist - Manitoba
  • 2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012 Awarded Key to the City - Parksville, British Columbia
  • 2011 Outstanding Para Athlete of the Year - Athletics Canada
  • 2011 CWSA Female Athlete of the year
  • 2011 Female Athlete of the year - BC Athletics
  • 2011 Female Athlete of the year-with a disability-BC Athletics   
  • 2010 Outstanding Para Athlete of the Year - Athletics Canada
  • 2010 Female Athlete of the year and Female Athlete of the year-with a disability-BC Athletics
  • 2010 Top 100 most influential women - Vancouver Sun
  • 2009 Athlete of the year - Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 2008 Sport BC Athlete of the year
  • 2008 Awarded Key to the City - Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 2008 Honaray Citizen - Parksville, BC
  • 2007 CAN FUND
  • 2007 Sport BC Athlete of the year
  • 2007 Female individual athlete of the year-Pacific Sport
  • 2007 Female Athlete of the year-with a disability-BC Athletics
  • 2007 Premier's Athletic Award recipient
  • 2007 BCLC -- featured athlete
  • 2006 Female individual athlete of the year-Pacific Sport
  • 2006 CAN FUND
  • 2006 Miracle Mile Bursary
  • 2006 Female Athlete of the year-with a disability-BC Athletics
  • 2006 Finalist BC Female Athlete of the year (Sport BC)
  • 2006 First Fund for Gold Athlete Assistance Program Pacific Sport
  • 2006 Fast Track
  • 2005 BCWBS Coach of the year
  • 2005 Female Athlete of the year-BCWSA
  • 2005 Female Athlete of the year -- with a disability-BC Athletics
  • 1998 Calgary City Council and the Calgary Booster Club Excellence in Sport Award
  • 1998 Calgary Sun's Noteworthy Women of 1998
  • 1996-1997 Ada MacKenzie Memorial Bursary for Outstanding academic achievement for national level athletes
  • 1996-1998 Manitoba Foundation for Sport
  • 1996 Rugby All-Star Award
  • 1996 Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association Merit Award for Outstanding Leadership and Promotion of MWSA
 

Profile

Height: 5'7" ( 1.7 metres)

Weight: 110lbs (50kg)

Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Nationality:  Canadian

Place of Residence: Parksville, British Columbia


World Records

100m: 18.67 seconds - Notwill, Switzerland

200m: 33.19 seconds - Canberra, Australia


Paralympic Medals

400m: Gold - 65.43 - Rio 2016

100m: Gold - 19.42 - Rio 2016

200m: Gold - 33.80 - London 2012

100m: Silver 19.80- London 2012

200m: Gold - 36.18 - Beijing 2008

100m: Gold - 19.97 - Beijing 2008

Wheelchair Basketball: Gold - Sydney 2000


World Championship Medals

100m, 200m, 800m: Gold - Lyon, France 2013

100m, 200m, 400m: Gold - Christchurch, New Zealand 2011

800m: Silver - Christchurch, New Zealand 2011

200m: Gold - Assen, Netherlands 2006

100m: Silver - Assen, Netherlands 2006

Wheelchair Basketball: Gold - Sydney, Australia 1998


 

Photo Courtesy of Seaside Studios

 

Results

Results                                                                                                                           

Location

Date

Event

Time

Placing

World Champs – Lyon, France

July 25 – 27,

2013

800m

100m

200m

2.14.79

20.45

35.71

1st  WR

1st

1st  CR

Summer Down Under- Oz Day

January 26, 2012

10km

30.43

1st

 

Summer Down Under -Sydney

January 24, 2013

100m

200m

 

 

Summer Down Under - Canberra

January 22, 2013

200m

100m

400m

33.19

18.84

1:06.94

1st WR

1st

1st

2012 Paralympic Games, London, GB

September 1st & 5th, 2012

100m

200m

19.80

33.80

2nd

1st

Boiling Point Elite, Windsor, ON

July 14th, 2012

100m

200m

18.67 (+1.7)

34.44 (+2.1)

1st WR

1st

Boiling Point Allcomers, Windsor, ON

July 14th, 2012

100m

200m

18.68 (+3.8)

35.07 (+1.2)

1st

1st

Windsor Twilight Meet

July 5-12th, 2012

100m

200m

19.59 (+0.1)

34.71 (+0.6)

1st

1st

Swiss Series, Nottwil, Switzerland

May 28-29th, 2012

100m

200m

18.75 (+0.3)

33.58 (+0.3)

1st

1st

Swiss Series, Pratteln, Switzerland

May 26-27th, 2012

100m

200m

19.00 (+1.6)

34.08 (+1.6)

1st

1st

Dogwood, Victoria, BC

May 12th, 2012

100m

800m

1500m

20.79

2:26.54

4:42.66

1st

1st

1st

Sun Run, Vancouver, BC

April 15, 2012

10km

32:39

1st CR

Sydney Track Classic, Sydney, Australia

Feb 18, 2012

100m

400m

20.11

1:05.41

1st

1st WR

Summer Down Under, Sydney, Australia

Jan 26, 2012

10 km

30:31

1st

Summer Down Under, Sydney, Australia

Jan 24, 2012

100m

200m

400m

19.42

34.97

1:09.18

1st

1st

1st

Summer Down Under, Canberra, Australia

Jan 21-22, 2012

200m

100m

100m

400m

35.32 (-0.2)

21.13 (-4.1)

20.95 (-2.7)

1:06.57

1st

1st

1st

1st

AACT, Canberra, Australia

Dec 16, 2011

100m

400m

20.79

1:09.10

1st

1st

U.S. Nationals, Mirmar, Florida

June 17-19, 2011

100m

200m

400m

20.42

35.22

1:10.91

1st

1st

1st

Swiss Nationals, Prattlen, Switzerland

May 25/26, 2011

100m

200m

400m

20.72

36.77

DNS

1st

1st

Dogwood Track Meet, Victoria, BC

May 8, 2011

100m

200m

400m

800m

19.70

37.71

1:13.20

2:29.89

1st

1st

1st

World Champs, Christchurch, NZ

Jan 22, 2011

100m

200m

400m

800m

20.35

37.12

1.12.71

2.30.90

1st CR

1st CR

1st CR

2nd

Swiss Nationals, Arbon, SUI

June 24, 2010

100m

200m

400m

19.52

35.82

1.08.81

1st

1st

1st

US Nationals, Miramar,Florida

June 19, 2010

100m

200m

400m

19.81

36.09

1st

Dogwood Track Meet, Victoria, BC

May 8, 2010

100m

400m

1500m

20.19

1:13.69

4:42.11

1st

Sun Run, Vancouver, BC

May 9, 2010

10km

33:27

1st

Summer Down Under, Sydney, Australia

January 2010

10km

100m

30:12

19.81

1st CR

1st

Oita Marathon

October 25, 2009

42.2km

2:21.17

1st

Delta 1/2 marathon

August 9, 2009

21.1km

1:12.39

1st

Squamish Days

August 2, 2009

10km

31.39

1st CR

Times Colonist

April 26, 2009

10km

34:31

1st

Vancouver Sun Run

April 19, 2009

10km

35:43

1st

Palm Springs Half Marathon

February 2009

21.1km

1:18

1st

Summer Down Under, Sydney, Australia

January 2009

10km

32:42

1st

Paralympics, Beijing, China

Sept 2008

100m

200m

19.97

36.18

1st PR

1st PR

Boiling Point, Windsor, Ontario

July 2008

100m

200m

20.06(1.7)

35.92(2.0)

1st

1st

Meet in the Heat, Atlanta, Georgia

July 2008

100m

200m

400m

20.41 (1.3)

38.95 (1.6)

1:13.50

1st

1st

1st

Canadian Championships, Windsor, Ontario

July 2008

100m

200m

400m

N/A

37.98 (-2.7)

N/A

1st

1st

1st

US Paralympic Time Trials

June 2008

100m

200m

21.99 (-1.2)

37.12

1st

1st

Switzerland-Ibach

May 2008

100m

200m

400m

19.60

36.35

1:12.25

1st

1st

1st

Switzerland-Muttenz

May 2008

100m

200m

400m

20.24 (.4)

37.78

1:15.04

1st

1st

1st

Dogwood Track Meet

May 2008

100m

200m

400m

800m

21.37 (.1)

37.25

1:21.80

2:40.59

1st

1st

1st

1st

Summer Down Under Series-Australia

January 2008

100m

200m

400m

10k

 

 

 

34:12

1st

1st

1st

1st

Richmond Flatlands

October 2007

10k

35:37

1st

IWAS World games-Taiwan

 

September 2007

100m

200m

400m

800m

20.89

39.44

76.56

181.65

1st

1st

1st

1st

Saskatoon River Run Half Marathon

August 2007

21.1km

1:22.17

1st

Squamish Days

July 2007

10k

33:18.00

1st

Canadian Nationals

 

July 2007

100m

200m

400m

23.03

37.06 (.2)

1:23.01

1st

1st

1st

Boiling Point Invitational

 

July 2007

200m

400m

38.88 DQ

Meet in the Heat

June 2007

100m

200m

400m

800m

21.63 (-.6)

39.38 (.7)

1:16.24

2:48.64

1st

1st

1st

1st

Nanaimo Track Meet

 

June 2007

100m

200m

800m

25.7

35.53

2:39.51

1st

1st

1st

Dogwood Track Meet

May 2007

100m

200m

400m

800m

21.14

39.13

1:22.93

2:41.41

1st

1st

1st

1st

Times Colonist

April 2007

10k

39:40

1st

World Championships

September 2006

100m

200m

22.11

39.51

2nd

1st

Richmond Flatlands

October 2005

10k

38:34

1st

European Track Championships

August 2005

100m

200m

800m

24.75

44.76

3:01.83

5th

8th

8th

Squamish Days

July 31, 2005

10k

 

1st

Garriock Track Meet

June 11-12, 2005

400m

1:38.8

1st

Elwood Wylie Track Meet

May 28-29, 2005

800m

3:03.6

1st

Dogwood Track Meet

May 14-15, 2005

100m

200m

400m

800m

23.32

46.47

1:29.58

2:52.62

1st

1st

1st

1st

Times Colonist

April 24, 2005

10k

41:40

1st

Vancouver Sun Run

April 17, 2005

10k

47:28

1st

PB = Personal Best

CR = Course Record

WR = World Record

(Bracketed numbers indicate wind speed)            

 


 

T52 Class World Records

Event

Time

100m

18.67

200m

33.19

400m

1:05.41

800m

2:14.79

1500m

4:25.49


 

 

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