Stilwell tops again

Parksville Paralympian earns honour from Sport B.C.

Returning home a champion is nothing new for Michelle Stilwell, who recently piked up an award at the 48th Athlete of the Year Awards, celebrating B.C.’s best amateur athletes, coaches and officials.

The Parksville-Qualicum MLA won the award for Athlete with a Disability, which was a testament to her excellent 2013 season.

Stillwell 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, Stillwell regained her status as the most dominant athlete in her sport, after she lost for the first time in the 100 metre at the 2012 London Paralympic Summer Games.

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