l'athlète

The athlete


Benoit was born with a disability in his right leg known as clubfoot. He started swimming at 8 years old and became, in the last 2 decades, one of Canada's most decorated Paralympic athletes with 20 medals in five Paralympic Games.

Member of the Canadian national from 1998 to 2018, he won 32 medals in six World Championships, lowering more than 60 world records in his category.

Benoit is always involved in various causes involving youth, heatly living, physical activity and sport. He is an ambassador for Right to Play and Jumpstart Foundation.

Member of the Order of Canada and Knight of the Order of Quebec, his biggest dreams are to help our youth by inspiring them to look beyond their own boundaries and motivate anyone who aims to realize their dreams. He does it well by sharing his passion for life.

International event
  • 20 Paralympic medals (9 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze)
  • 32 medals in IPC World Championships
  • 4 Commonwealth Games medals (one gold (2010), two silver (2006), one bronze (2002))

  • Broke more than 60 world records
Paralympic Games

2016 – Rio de Janerio Paralympic Games (Brasil)

  • 1 bronze medal (400m freestyle)
2012 – London Paralympic Games (United Kingdom)
  • 1 gold medal and world record (200m IM)
  • 1 silver medal (400m freestyle)
  • 1 bronze medal (100m backstroke)
  • Flag bear of the Canadian flag at the closing ceremony
2008 – Beijing Paralympic Games (China)
  • 4 bronze medals (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 200m IM)
2004 – Athens Paralympic Games (Greece)
  • 5 gold medals (50m freestyle (world record), 100m freestyle (world record)
  • 400m freestyle, 100m butterfly (world record), 200m IM (Paralympic record)
  • 1 silver (100m backstroke)
2000 – Sydney Paralympic Games (Australia)
  • 3 gold medals (50m freestyle (world record), 200m IM (Paralympic record)
  • 3 silver medals (100m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke)

2013

  • Winner of the King Clancy Award "Person with a Disability of the Year" – Toronto

2012

  • Athlete of the Year by Swimming Canada - Toronto
  • Prestigious James Worrall honor - Montreal
  • Diamond Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II - Ottawa
  • Personality of the Week September 16, 2012 – La Presse

2011

  • Inducted into the Hall of Fame for people with disabilities - Toronto

  • Athlete of the Year by Swimming Canada – Toronto

2010

  • Athlete of the Year by Swimming Canada – Toronto

2009

  • Winner of the King Clancy Award "Person with a Disability of the Year" Toronto

2008

  • Athlete of the Year by Swimming Canada – Toronto

2007

  • International Athlete of the Year at Gala Sports Québec - Montreal
  • Athlete of the Year by Swimming Canada - Toronto
  • Flag bearer for Canada at the Para Pan American Games - Rio de Janeiro , Brazil
  • International Level Athlete of the Year at the University of Quebec in Montreal – UQAM

2006

  • Finalist for Best Male Elite Athlete with a disability for Commonwealth countries - London, England
  • Athlete of the Year by Swimming Canada – Toronto

2005

  • Athlete of the Year, with a disability, by the magazine " Swimming World " - Phoenix , USA
  • Athlete of the Year by Swimming Canada - Victoria , BC
  • Finalist in the Canadian Sport Award for Athlete of the Year in Canada - Toronto
  • Winner of the King Clancy Award "Person with a Disability of the Year " – Toronto

2004

  • Finalist at the Gala Sports Québec "International Athlete of the Year " - Montreal
  • Athlete of the Year " Canadian Aquatic Federation"
  • Athlete of the Year by Swimming Canada

2003

  • Winner of Best Male Elite Athlete with a disability for the Commonwealth - Glasgow , Scotland
  • 
Athlete of the Year by Swimming Canada – Quebec

2001

  • Award nominee for "Viscount Alexander " to " Canadian Sport Award" – Toronto