January 24, 1984 |
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)|
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 Swimming 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.
Awards and honoursEdit
In 2011, Huot was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame. In December 2016, Huot was named a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2018, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.
On July 27, 2014, Huot was robbed in his home in Longueuil. Among the stolen items are seven medals, including two Paralympic medals. The athlete then appealed to the public Sunday afternoon on Twitter. The idea of never seeing his medals is "heartbreaking," he pleads. "Those medals represent a lifetime of work. Hours and hours of work to get them" said Huot in an interview.
As his house was under renovation at the time, the athlete was not there when it was broken into during the night from Saturday to Sunday. The Longueuil Police Department is continuing its investigation.
- 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.
- "Previous Hall of Fame Inductees". Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
- "Order of Canada's newest appointees include Paralympian, Supreme Court judge and astrophysicist". CBC News, December 30, 2016.
- "Citation" (PDF) (in French).
- "Cash reward offered for return of Paralympic swimmer Huot's stolen medals". ctvnews.ca. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014.