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.