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20 time Paralympic and 4 time Commonwealth swimming medallist was Canada’s Assistant Chef de Mission at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

July 28, 2020 – OTTAWA – On the two-year countdown to the Opening Ceremony of the 2022 Birmingham Games, Commonwealth Sport Canada (CSC) is pleased to announce that Paralympic and Commonwealth swimming champion Benoit Huot has been named Chef de Mission for Team Canada 2022.  

Huot, from Longueuil, QC, is one of Canada’s most accomplished Paralympians of all time, having won 20 medals at five Paralympic Games (2000 – 2016). He has also won a total of four medals at 3 Commonwealth Games (2002, 2006, 2010). A member of the Order of Canada and Knight of the Order of Quebec, he is the recipient of a number of awards and honours, such as the 2003 CGF Athlete Of The Year With A Disability, Para-swimmer Of The Year by Swimming World Magazine in 2005, 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony Flag Bearer and more. 

“It was such a privilege for me to work with Team Canada at the Gold Coast Games in 2018”, said Huot. “Being named Chef for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham is a huge honour, and I will do everything I can to ensure an inclusive and inspiring environment for our athletes. The Commonwealth Games have been a significant part of my high performance journey, and I believe that their focus on inclusivity and diversity is of even more importance in the world that we live in today. I look forward to being part of these amazing Games, and hope to inspire our athletes and para-athletes to achieve their objectives in Birmingham in 2022.” 

The 22nd Commonwealth Games will take place July 28th to August 8th, 2022 in Birmingham, England, with up to 4,500 athletes taking part. The twelve-day sporting and cultural event will feature 19 sports and 8 para-sports as part of its programme. The Commonwealth Games are the only multi-sport event that feature equal standing for sport and para-sport events, and these 2022 Games will showcase the largest para-sport programme ever. In addition,for the first time in its history, the Games will feature more women’s (135) than men’s (133) medal events.  

“Ben is an inspired choice as Team Canada’s 2022 Chef de Mission”, said Richard Powers, President of Commonwealth Sport Canada. “With his storied background as an athlete and his incredible energy and passion for sport, he is the perfect person to lead our Team at the Birmingham Games. We look forward to working closely with him as we prepare our country’s team for 2022 and know that he will give his all to ensure success.”  

With 71 participating countries and over 4000 athletes taking part in the Commonwealth Games, these Games offer a valuable opportunity for all Canadian athletes, as an integral step on the path to Olympic and Paralympic success.  

A short video about Benoit Huot, courtesy of Canadian Paralympic Committee, can be viewed here.  

For further information: 

Commonwealth Sport Canada 

Brian MacPherson 

Chief Executive Officer 

613.244.6868 x 3

brian@commonwealthsport.ca 

For media interviews: 

Sylvie Bigras 

613.298.1625 

sylvie@magma.ca 

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