January 24, 1984 |
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)|
Benoit Huot (born January 24, 1984) is a Canadian Paralympic swimmer of the 21st century, who has won nine Paralympic Games gold medals for Canada, primarily in the freestyle and butterfly strokes.
Hailing from Longueuil, Quebec, Huot was born with club feet, started swimming competitively at age 10 at the CAMO Natation club, where he is trained by Benoit Lebrun. In the beginning he competed alongside able-bodied swimmers and competed at two Quebec Games, earning silver in 1997.
Benoit Huot made his international debut in 1998 as a member of Canada's team at the International Paralympic Committee world championships, where he won two gold and four silver medals. He added three more gold and three silver medals at the 2000 Paralympics and eight medals at the 2002 IPC World Championships.
In 2003, Huot was named the male athlete of the year with a disability by the International Commonwealth Federation.
In 2005, Huot won six golds at the Disability Sport England Swimming Championships. He then went on to take a gold and a silver at the inaugural Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in events that were swum just 15 minutes apart. This led the Swimming World Magazine to award him the World Disabled Swimmer of the Year award.
At the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London he won gold, silver, and bronze medals, giving him a total of 19 medals in four Paralympic Game. He was named Canada's flag bearer for the Games closing ceremony.
Huot has served on the athletes' council with Swimming Canada, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Commonwealth Games Federation.
- Canadian Paralympic Committee (September 9, 2012). "Benoît Huot "The Shark" named Team Canada Flag Bearer for London 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony". Canada Newswire. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
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