Stilwell, one of the world's most decorated Paralympic athletes and the first Canadian Paralympian to win gold in two different sports, announced her retirement Wednesday night after a stellar athletic career, winning seven Paralympic medals, including six golds, and numerous world championship titles.Read More
Michelle Stilwell, the seven-time Paralympic medalist and world record-holder who serves as MLA for Parksville-Qualicum, was selected Wednesday for induction into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.
Stilwell is part of a 2017 induction class of 11 athletes and one team. The 51st induction class will be formally inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame April 12, 2017, at the annual Banquet of Champions at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.
“This is one of the greatest honours of my sporting career,” Stilwell said of her selection. “I have had the privilege to represent Canada at multiple international competitions, always striving for excellence, and always pushing myself further than I thought I could. But it hasn’t been without the love and support of my family, coach, friends and Canadians alike that have all been a part of my success.”
Among the inductees are Stilwell’s former wheelchair basketball coach, Tim Frick, who was selected in the Builder/Coach category. Frick, who now lives in Parksville, was born in the U.K. and raised in Port Alberni.Read More
Canadian wheelchair racer Michelle Stilwell claimed her second gold medal at the Rio Paralympics on Saturday, winning the women's 100-metre event.
The 42-year-old from Parksville, B.C., beat American Kelly Morgan and Belgium's Marieke Vervoort to take top spot in 19.42 seconds, which is a new Paralympic record.
Stilwell, who also holds the world record in the 100, now has six career Paralympic gold medals. She won her first race of the Games a week ago in the 400.
Stilwell is only the second female Paralympian to have won gold in two separate summer sports, having been part of Canada's gold-medal winning wheelchair basketball team in Sydney. Complications to her spinal cord injury forced her to switch to track after the Games in 2000.
Stilwell isn't sure what her immediate racing future holds, but she's learned to approach every race like it's her last.
"I do that every time, because you never know," Stilwell said. "And I think that's really what it's about for everyone. No matter if you're Paralympian or able-bodied, you can have a life-changing injury.
"In an instant your life changes. And so I think I try and enjoy every moment. And have fun."Read More
Returning home a champion is nothing new for Michelle Stilwell, but this time it was different.
The Parksville-Qualicum MLA landed at the Nanaimo Airport Monday after regaining her wheelchair racing crown, but with an uncertain future in the sport.
She earned gold in the T52 classification 200, 400 and 800-metre races at the International Paralympic Committee 2013 Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France. She set a world record in the 800 (2:14.79) and a championship record in the 200 (35.71). Biggest of all, she regained her status as the most dominant athlete in her sport, after she lost for the first time in the 100 metres at the 2012 London Paralympic Summer Games.Read More
Michelle Stilwell of Canada celebrates winning the Women's 800m T52 final during day six of the IPC Athletics World Championships on July 25, 2013 in Lyon, France.
Photograph by: Julian Finney, Getty ImagesRead More
With just over five months to go until the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships here’s a list of the top athletes to keep your eyes on.Read More
Canada’s Michelle Stilwell and Australia’s Rheed McCracken set unofficial world records this week at Australia’s Summer Down Under Series.
At the Canberra Track Meet, Stilwell unofficially broke her own 200m T52 world record with a new top time of 33.19. This is an incredible start to the season taking off over ½ second from her previous record.Read More
Stilwell defended her Paralympic gold medal in the women’s 200 metres in 33.80 seconds Saturday, September 1st, 2012 at the London Paralympic Games. She shattered her Games record by over two seconds...Read More
It was another world record for Stilwell and she clocked in at 18.75s in Nottwil Switzerland during the Swiss Nationals on the newly laid mondo track. "This shows that the resources I am utilizing to prepare for London have been very effective. It felt amazing to break the 19 second barrier as that has been one of my targets for a long time."
Three-time Canadian Paralympic gold medalist Michelle Stilwell of Parksville
breaks course record at the 2012 TC10K in Victoria. On Sunday, the 37-year-old
was the first woman wheelchair racer to sprinted across the finish line in a
time of 30 minutes 53 seconds. She broke the course record in her division and
also posted a personal best time. "I didn't set my watch," said
Stilwell, who has raced the TC10K five times. "I just wanted to go out,
push hard and not worry about time and look what happened." Kip Kangogo
was the overall winner of the race in a time of 29.51.
Three-time Canadian Paralympic gold medalist Michelle Stilwell of Parksville is
back in the record books. On Sunday, at the 28th Annual Vancouver Sun Run
Stilwell crossed the finish line in 32:39 setting a new course record by almost
a minute. Stilwell was also the first female across the line ahead of Anjali
Forber Pratt of the United States of America.
Three-time Canadian Paralympic gold medalist Michelle Stilwell of Parksville is
back in the record books. On Sunday, the 37-year-old wheelchair racer smashed
the world record in the T52 400-metre event at the Summer Down Under 2012
International Track and Road Racing Series in Canberra. Earlier in the day,
Stilwell raced the 100m event in a time of 20.97, a race she holds the world
record in in a time of 19.52. But it was the 400m event she was most focused on
and leading up to the race, "I truly felt like good things were going to
happen," said Stilwell.
But positive energy drained from her body almost as fast as the air in one of her tires as she position herself at the start line. Races are rarely held up due to mechanical failures, but as the other athletes stalled, Stilwell wheeled to her race crew and they fixed her up faster than a NASCAR pit crew.
Back on the start line, adrenaline pumped through Stilwell's body as she dug in deep and raced to a 1:06.57 finish, breaking the world record by more than two seconds. "Words can not describe the elation I felt," said Stilwell. "Here I thought I was in an individual sport but turns out I am in a team sport. Not just my Canadian staff but my fellow competitors as well who went out of their way to make it possible for me to race tonight."
Paying tribute to the top athletes in British Columbia on December 3, 2011,
awarded Michelle Stilwell for her outstanding performances of 2011. This
included her bettering of the 200m World Record and the three gold medals and
silver that Michelle brought back from the IPC World Championships. Her coach
Peter Lawless was awarded Coach of the Year for his efforts leading to her
impressive wins at the 2011 IPC Para-Athletics World Championships.
(Winnipeg, MB) – Top athletes, coaches and builders were honoured this week for
their contributions to wheelchair sports across Canada at the Canadian
Wheelchair Sports Association Awards Night. Representatives from wheelchair
sports organizations across the country gathered Sunday night in Winnipeg to
pay tribute to the many exceptional individuals who have impacted the
wheelchair sports community this year.
Michelle Stilwell was awarded Female Athlete of the Year – Despite undergoing
major spinal surgery, Michelle won three gold medals and one silver medal at
the IPC Para-Athletics World Championships and bested her own World Record in
the 200m. Her coach Peter Lawless was awarded Coach of the Year for his efforts
leading to her impressive wins at the 2011 IPC Para-Athletics World
Last week it was announced that Stilwell would be inducted into the along with
3 other greats in the Nanaimo sporting community. At a well attended ceremony
the display case was unveiled and brought tears to not only Stilwell but the
friends and family who were there to support her.
While having her new race chair built at Invacare Top End in Tampa, Florida.
Stilwell is spending time with old friends and making new ones! Below she is
pictured with Mark Volman (Flo) after the Happy Together concert at Ruth
Eckhard Hall. Mark, who co-founded the Turtles and later played with Frank
Zappa and the Mothers of Invention now runs the entertainment studies
department at Nashville's Belmont University when he isn't out on the road
singing "Happy Together."
Stilwell could not have asked for better weather conditions at the Ansin Sports
Complex in Mirmar, Florida. Cruising past the finish line in a time of 35.22,
Stilwell bettered her previous World Record by 6/100th of a second. Next up she
heads to Calgary, Alberta to compete in the Canadian National Track and Field
Championships from June 23-25th.
The London Paralympic Games are only 544 days away and people are starting to
take notice of those to As athletes across the globe try to reach their standards
and qualify for their Paralympic teams the pressure is on. Canada will release their standards in the next few weeks.
As the IPC World Championships wrap up, Stilwell is bringing home some
hardware. Three gold and one silver medal plus 3 World Championship Records.
All this coming off a major spine surgery just 5 months prior. It is an
incredible recovery for the Nanoose athlete who was out completely for more
than 3 months of training.
"It was fabulous to again get to the top of the podium and sing Oh Canada...I don’t think I will ever get tired of hearing the anthem...ever."
The choice of a flag bearer is often seen as a sacred trust. An honour bestowed
on those who represent not only the athletes at the games but Canadians across
our country. The decision cannot be taken lightly and the person selected has
to be just right. There are many qualified athletes on our team who deserve the
honour to carry the Canadian flag but for these World Championship games in
Christchurch it has been given to me -Michelle Stilwell - wheelchair basketball
player turned racer.
"This is one of the greatest honors of my sporting career. For many years I have had the privilege to represent Canada at multiple international competitions. I have been inspired by my fellow athletes and I have always strived for excellence, pushing myself further than I thought I could and harder than many people wanted me to. Tomorrow at noon I will carry our country’s flag at the opening ceremony of the 2011 World Championships in Para-Athletics with incredible pride and great emotion."