Michelle Stilwell

Name: Michelle Stilwellmichelle-stilwell-headshot
Sport: Para-Athletics
Hometown: Nanoose Bay, BC
Nickname: Mikey (boys name not the mouse!)

Favorite Sports Memory: Setting Paralympic records and winning double gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

How you got involved in your sport: Sport has always been a part of my life. After retiring from Wheelchair Basketball, I was coaching and met my current coach for track. He encouraged me to transition to racing…the rest is history.

The moment you knew you wanted to represent Canada: Opening Ceremonies 1996 Paralympic games in Atlanta – I was a spectator – I turned to my friend as Canada was parading in and said “ I want to compete for Canada, I want to go to the Paralympic Games!”

Favorite Quote: “We are what we repeatedly do – Excellence therefore is not an act but a habit” ~ Aristotle
CAN Fund Testimonial: Without the support of CAN Fund my ability to rise to the top on the world stage would never have been possible. It allowed me the opportunity to access training, coaching, equipment and proper nutrition needed for an elite athlete to be at their very best and have a peak performance at key moments. Thanks CAN Fund – I am forever grateful and share my GOLDEN moments with you!

Best Result: World Records in the 100m and 200m (soon to be 400m!)

Fun Facts: Many of my friends have called me Martha Stewart…I hope they mean it in a good way! I love decorating, trying new recipes, scrapbooking, knitting, sewing, you name it! At Christmas it takes me more than 14 hours to decorate my house.

Website: www.mikeystilwell.com

Speaking Topics:

  • Believe to Achieve