Michael Edgson

Michael Edgson (born 6 May 1969) is a Canadian retired Paralympic swimmer. He is amongst the most successful Paralympians of all time[1] having won 18 gold medals.[2][3][4] He attended three Games between 1984 and 1992, winning medals in all but one of the events in which he competed individually.[5] As a visually-impaired athlete Edgson competes in the B3 classification.[4][5]

Michael Edgson
Personal information
NationalityCanadian
Born (1969-05-06) 6 May 1969 (age 52)
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sport
CountryCanada
SportSwimming
Disability classB3
Coached byMike Blondal
Peter Vizsolyi
Ron Jacks
Medal record
Men's swimming
Representing  Canada
Paralympics
Gold medal – first place 1984 Stoke Mandeville
/ New York
100m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1984 Stoke Mandeville
/ New York
200m individual medley
Gold medal – first place 1984 Stoke Mandeville
/ New York
400m individual medley
Gold medal – first place 1984 Stoke Mandeville
/ New York
4×100m medley relay
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul 50m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul 100m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul 400m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul 100m backstroke
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul 100m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul 200m individual medley
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul 400m individual medley
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul 4×100m freestyle relay
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul 4×100m medley relay
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 100m backstroke
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 100m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 200m individual medley
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 400m individual medley
Silver medal – second place 1984 Stoke Mandeville
/ New York
100m backstroke
Silver medal – second place 1984 Stoke Mandeville
/ New York
4×100m freestyle relay
Silver medal – second place 1992 Barcelona 200m backstroke

Early lifeEdit

Born in North Vancouver on 6 May 1969, Edgson moved to Nanaimo at a young age.[2] He played ice hockey, soccer, and gymnastics but found that his visual impairment did not negatively affect him in swimming as it might in other sports and began swimming competitively at the age of eleven.[3][4]

SwimmingEdit

He has competed internationally in both disability and able-bodied swimming events from age 14.[3][4]

Edgson set nine world records during a career that lasted twelve years.[3] With 18 Paralympic gold medals Edgson is one of the most successful Canadian athletes of all time.[2][3] He is a three-time recipient of the BC Disabled Athlete of the Year Award and was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame in 2006.[6] In 2009 Edgson became the first Paralympian to be honoured with a place in Swimming Canada's Circle of Excellence.[2] In 2013, he was inducted in to the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame[7] and in 2015 he was named to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.[8]

At the 1984 Summer Paralympics in Long Island Edgson won five medals (four gold and one silver) and set four new records. His most successful haul came four years later in Gothenburg when he won nine events.[3] He was chosen to carry the Canadian flag at the closing ceremony.[4] Edgson went on to win four more gold medals and a silver in 1992 in Barcelona.[3]

After retiring from international competition Edgson became the finance director for the Canadian Paralympic Committee.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Multi-Medallists". British Paralympic Association. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Michael Edgson, Athlete". Canadian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Michael Edgson". Swimming Canada. Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e Beck, Jason. "Michael Edgson". BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Athlete Search Results". British Paralympic Association. Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Michael Edgson, Athlete | Canadian Paralympic Committee". paralympic.ca. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Michael Edgson (2013)". gvshof.ca. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Edgson inducted into Canadian Sports Hall of Fame". Delta Optimist. Retrieved 19 April 2020.