After a legendary career that spanned two sports, Michelle Stilwell announced yesterday that she has retired from competitive sport. She leaves racing with multiple world and Paralympic records.
Stilwell began her career in wheelchair basketball, where she became the first woman with quadriplegia to win a Paralympic gold medal. After health complications forced her to leave the sport she loved, she was recruited to track by coach Peter Lawless. She quickly became a champion in that sport as well, winning 6 Paralympic gold medals and 1 silver medal along with multiple World Championship titles. She is the only Canadian female to be a Paralympic champion in two separate summer sports (basketball and athletics).
Stilwell is going out on top. At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, she had a perfect campaign: 2 races, 2 gold medals, 2 Paralympic records. Now, she will focus on her political career and her family.
Congratulations to Michelle on all of her athletic success. We wish her so much luck in the future, and we know that she will remain a major part of the wheelchair sports community.