London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Olympic Stadium

Michelle Stilwell of
 Nanoose Bay, B.C., today won Canada’s second track and field and
 Canada’s eighth medal overall at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
 Stilwell won gold in the women’s T52 classification 200-metres in a new
 Paralympic Games record time of 33.80 seconds.

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“From the beginning the crowd had a roar and the roar kept going, I’m so
 happy right now, I’ve put everything into this for the last four
 years,” said Stilwell. “My whole family is here and I couldn’t be
 happier to share this with them.”
Stilwell is well on her way in repeating her feat of double gold at the
Paralympic Games. At the 2008 Games she took first in the T52
wheelchair 100 and 200-metres. Having just won gold in the 200-metres
she’ll now prepare and look forward to the 100-metres final which is
set for Wednesday September 5.

In swimming, Valérie Grand’Maison of Montreal won the silver medal in
the women’s S13 50-metre freestyle. Kelly Becherer of the U.S., took
the gold medal in 27.46 seconds, Grand’Maison followed in a personal
best 27.91 and Prue Watt of Australia  was third in 27.94.

“I’ve never won this event so for me coming second is still a big
 success,” said Grand’Maison, Canada’s most successful Para swimmer at
 the 2008 Games with six medals including three gold.  “To go a best
 time for the first time in four years is something to be proud of.”

The performance also gave Grand’Maison some big confidence for the rest
of the Games. She was hampered by a shoulder injury that derailed her
2011 season.

“I’m a lot less stressed than I thought I would be,” she said.  “It was
 actually a lot of fun.  There was a British girl in the race and that
 really got the crowd into it.”

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