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Benoit Huot

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Huot’s Para swimming career started in 1998 when he won five medals, including gold in the 1,500m open water race, at the World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.

‘The Shark’, as his team mates call him, first time competed in the Paralympics in Sydney in 2000. He went on to win three gold and three silver medals.

At the 2002 World Championships in Mar del Plata, Argentina he made a real name for himself winning seven medals, four of which were gold.

His finest competition to date was arguably the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, a competition where he won five titles, broke three world records and also picked up a silver medal.

Due to his success in Athens, Swimming World Magazine named him World Disabled Swimmer of the Year 2005.

After four bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, the huge golf enthusiast won one gold and three silver medals at the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in 2011, Huot took three podiums in his fourth Paralympic Games at London 2012. He broke the world record to take gold in the 200m individual medley, and also won a silver and bronze medal.

Huot was chosen as flag bearer for the Canadian team at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony. "I would say it's by far the greatest honour that I can receive as an athlete," he said.

The veteran Para swimmer, who is in the S10 classification, found another world title at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships at home in Montreal, Canada, against the likes of Brazil's multiple world champion Andre Brasil.

In the summer of 2014 Huot attracted attention of a different kind when thieves broke into his house and stole seven of his medals, including two from Paralympic Games. The accolades were later replaced by the relevant bodies prompting an emotional response from Huot, who said that receiving them again brought back memories from when they were first awarded.

Deciding to continue his career so that he could compete at home once again at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, Huot collected two silver and bronze medals at the 2015 World Championhsips.

Just three weeks later he won gold in the 400m freestyle S10 at Toronto 2015 and secured a further three silver medals.

At Rio 2016, Huot took bronze in the 400m freestyle - his 20th Paralympic medal.

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
French, English
Higher education
Communications - University of Quebec in Montreal: Canada

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age eight at the Seahorse Swim Club in Longueuil, QC, Canada, and began swimming competitively at age 10.
Why this sport?
He was inspired by a friend who won a silver medal at the Quebec Games in Canada.
Club / Team
CN Neptune de St-Jerome: Canada

International debut

Year
1998
Competing for
Canada
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Christchurch, NZL

General interest

Nicknames
The Shark, Big Ben (paralympic.org, 02 Apr 2013; Athlete, 30 Aug 2010)
Hobbies
Sport. (Facebook page, 27 Mar 2015)
Most influential person in career
Canadian open water swimmer Philippe Guertin. (Athlete, 30 Aug 2010)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian motor racing driver Ayrton Senna. (Athlete, 30 Aug 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Pain is temporary, glory is forever." (Facebook profile, 11 Jun 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was named to the Order of Canada in recognition of his sporting achievements and his work as a para-sport ambassador. (swimswam.com, 02 Jan 2017)

In 2016 he received the President's Award from Swimming Canada, in recognition of being an outstanding ambassador for the sport in and out of the pool. (swimswam.com, 30 Sep 2016)

He was named Male Para-swimmer of the Year for 2013 and 2015 by Swimming Canada. (paralympic.ca, 16 Dec 2015; timescolonist.com, 27 Nov 2013)

He was Canada's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 2013)

In 2011 he was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame. (cleanairchampions.ca, 07 Nov 2011)

He was named Swimming World Magazine's Disabled Swimmer of the Year for 2005. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 26 Mar 2010)
Impairment
He was born with a club foot. The condition means he has a weak right ankle with reduced mobility and a smaller right foot. (benoithuot.com, 26 Mar 2010)
Other information
STOLEN MEDALS REPLACED
In July 2014 thieves broke into his house in Montreal, QC, Canada, and stole seven of his medals, including two from the Paralympic Games and three from the Commonwealth Games. The International Paralympic Committee [IPC] and Commonwealth Games Canada had replacements made, which were presented to him in March 2015. Two Parapan American Games medals were also stolen but not replaced. "Being awarded them again brought back a lot of emotions. I remembered that specific moment of when I won the medals when getting them." (paralympic.org, 18 Mar 2015; cbc.ca, 09 Mar 2015)

OTHER ACTIVITIES:
In June 2009 he set up the Benoit Huot Foundation. The organisation aims to provide support to young athletes with an impairment who wish to pursue both academic and athletic ambitions. He has also given motivational speeches to schools and businesses, and served as an ambassador for the Canadian Paralympic Committee [CPC]. (LinkedIn profile, Nov 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Heat 1 4
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Final Round 7
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heat 1 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 8
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 3 1
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heats 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heats 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heats 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heats 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heats 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heats 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 1
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 4
IPC Swimming World Championships Christchurch 1998 (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heats 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley Open Final Round 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heats 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2
Men's 1500 m Freestyle Open Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heats 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heats 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley Open Heats 1
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m Medley SM10 Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m Medley SM10 Final Round 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Heat 2 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Final Round 4
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heat 1 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 1
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heats 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heats 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heats 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heats 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heats 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heats 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heats 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 2012-08-30 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 2012-08-30 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 2012-09-04 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 1 2012-09-04 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2012-09-05 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2012-09-05 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2012-09-06 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2012-09-06 4
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 2013-08-15 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final 1 2013-08-15 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 2013-08-17 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final 1 2013-08-17 4
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final 1 2015-07-14 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 2015-07-14 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final 1 2015-07-16 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 2015-07-16 5
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 2015-07-17 6
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2015-07-19 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2015-07-19 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 1 2016-09-10 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 2016-09-10 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 2016-09-11 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 2016-09-11 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2016-09-15 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2016-09-15 2