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Go World: Team VISA’s Benoît Huot

Thursday, August 9th, 2012 — 10:39am PDT
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Visa is currently sponsoring a handful of Canadian Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls (and some who have become champions already) as they have done for the last 26 years. They have partnered with me to showcase members of their team like bronze medal-winners Brent Hayden of Mission and Emilie Heymans, and today’s feature moves on to the Paralympics with swimmer Benoît Huot.

He was born with a clubfoot and after years of surgery and physio, he gained partial use. Benoît started swimming competitively at age ten and catapulted to fame in 1998 when he won two gold and four silver medals at the International Paralympic Committee World Championships. He now holds more than three world records and has over over 40, spanning three Paralympic Games, three Commonwealth Games and four World Championships. []

In the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, he added to his winnings three gold medals and three silver medals and eight more medals at the IPC World Championships in 2002 in Argentina. Benoît then won five gold medals and one silver at the Paralympic Games in Athens in 2004, while setting three world records. In 2005, Benoît won six gold medals at the Disability Sport England Swimming Championships and finally a gold medal and one silver at the first Paralympic World Cup in Manchester. []

Benoît won 4 bronze medals at the Beijing Paralympic Games and said that it was one of the greatest experience of his life. Cheer him on in his freestyle swimming events during the London 2012 Paralympics August 29th to September 9th, 2012.

VISA Canada has offered up a $250 pre-paid gift card to one lucky Miss604 reader to celebrate Canadians cheering for Canadians. Here’s how how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming the Olympic or Paralympic sport you like to watch the most (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a $250 pre-paid #VISA #GoWorld gift card from @Miss604

Continue to cheer on your Canadian athletes through Team VISA on Facebook and by using the tag #GoWorld on Twitter.

You can still enter to win on the Brent Hayden and Emilie Heymans posts as well. I am publishing one final post tomorrow and one winner will drawn from all entries on all Team VISA posts on Saturday, August 11 2012 at 12:00pm. This contest is open to all Canadians residents.

Update The winner is Shannon Mac!

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  1. Bonnie says:

    The Olympic sport I like to watch most is tennis.

  2. Donna L says:

    Hockey, hands down. Then figure skating. And speed skating. And and and!

  3. Janet says:

    I watch swimming and diving the most.

  4. Ray Maddly says:

    I love watching swimming (and realise how technically poor my swimming skills are).

  5. Shelley says:


  6. Virginia says:

    Winter Olympics: hockey & figure skating
    Summer Olympics: gymnastics
    Winter Paralympics: Ice-sledge hockey
    Summer Paralympics: No favourites yet 🙂

  7. Adina H. says:

    I enjoy watching the Olympic running events, like the 100m dash.

  8. Cliff says:

    Curling, from the winter olympics.

  9. Brenda says:

    Figure skating and gymnastics

  10. Jocelyne L. says:


  11. Justine says:

    Can’t pick a favourite but I prefer to watch sports that don’t get much coverage outside of the Olympics. I’d like to watch rugby in this year’s Paralympics. Hope it gets on TV!

  12. Kay says:


  13. Andrea says:

    I like watching hockey!

  14. Katrina says:

    it is always the gymnastics that are my favorite.

  15. Elena says:


  16. Linda says:

    For the Olympics, I like watching indoor volleyball; for Paralympics, it’s sledge hockey.

  17. Aliana Slot says:

    What sport don’t I love watching, but VBall (volleyball) is up there!

  18. Kathy E. says:


  19. roy whitney says:

    bronze medal womens soccer. after all that happened they kept their heads up and went for it. happy for them

  20. Gary T says:

    To me the marquee event in the Summer has always been the 100 m. Still remember Donovan Bailey’s win, and love seeing Bolt make history

  21. Garrett says:

    Favourite sports: Handball, handball, and of course, handball.

  22. Chelle says:


  23. Bree says:

    I love watching gymnastics and hockey!

  24. Gideon says:

    Skiing in general, but the downhill is tops!

  25. Cyndi says:


  26. Sandy says:


  27. Darcy says:

    Hockey…of course!

  28. Kelly B. says:

    Swimming. So intense!

  29. Von says:


  30. Jenn S says:

    I love to watch the diving.

  31. laurel k. says:

    I love to watch the swimming in the summer olympics

  32. Don M says:

    Diving is my favourite

  33. Anna says:

    My new favourite after today is Women’s Soccer!

  34. Siobhan S. says:

    Diving is so impressive!

  35. Jag says:

    Track and field – esp. the 100 metre race

  36. Bal says:

    I love any chance to watch soccer (men’s and women’s) – first Euro, now Olympics – I’m loving it!

  37. Lori says:


  38. Sherry F says:

    I like the wheelchair basketball and absolutely was on the edge of my seat for the Women’s soccer this week. Christine Sinclair was/is amazing.

  39. Jeff says:


  40. Betty says:


  41. Bekki says:

    Whatever sport has Canada playing!

  42. Nancy says:


  43. kahhlee says:


  44. Cole Baiker says:

    Love the swimming, great sport!

  45. Ruby says:

    100 metre race

  46. Donna says:

    swimming, running & gymnastics

  47. Jackie says:

    Paralympic football 7 a side!

  48. Matthew S says:


  49. EM says:

    All Athletics…especially the Men’s 100m

  50. Linda says:

    For the summer Olympics, I like watching the martial arts events – taekwondo or judo.

  51. debbie f says:

    hockey for sure.

  52. Amber Turnau says:

    My favourite Olympic sport to watch is probably the rowing. It’s action packed and those athletes work HARD!

  53. Brian G says:

    I enjoyed diving the most. You don’t get to see it often enough on tv, and it’s really easy to get into and be your own judge!

  54. Deidre says:


  55. Hisayo says:


  56. Puck says:

    In summer? Fencing! Winter? Hockey or ski cross.

  57. Stephanie says:

    I enjoy watching all the track events.

  58. Teresa says:

    I’ve always loved watching the excitement of hockey the most.

  59. Krista says:


  60. Jeanne says:


  61. Christine says:

    For the Summer Olympics, beach volleyball. For the Winter Olympics, hockey!

  62. Andre says:


  63. Vince says:


  64. Julia says:

    Soccer and diving!

  65. Cheryl (@loucheryl) says:

    The Olympic sport I like to watch most is Synchronized Swimming!

  66. Elizabeth B says:

    Winter: hockey Summer: gymnastics

  67. Michael says:


  68. Ginger Leah Gervais says:


  69. Roberta says:

    Paralympic Basketball really does it for me!

  70. Dana says:

    I watch as much as I can fit in, but I like swimming and the decathlon above all else.

  71. lindawwww says:

    I love ice skating, especially dance and pairs.

  72. Tamara says:

    Synchronized swimming!

  73. Sadie says:

    Gymnastics! Such precision, flexibility and strength necessary. I truly admire their hard work.

  74. KarenS says:

    Judo! Or Gymnastics! Fantastic!

  75. Mark says:

    I’ll be watching volleyball!

  76. James says:


  77. Maureen M says:

    Women’s weightlifting-what amazing strength! (definitely wouldn’t want to mess with these athletes)

  78. Tracy says:

    i love watching gymnastics

  79. Sheila says:


  80. Tim says:

    would love to see 100m sprint in person!

  81. stacey dempsey says:

    the gymanstics and skating has always fascinated me

  82. Carlie says:

    Diving and gymnastics

  83. Karla Sceviour says:

    I love watching the gymnastics.
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  84. Lou (@davids_deardad) says:

    I love to watch the diving.

  85. Marieke says:

    Swimming & syncronised-swimming 🙂

  86. Nancy says:

    I love gymnastics. The men are so strong and the women can do so much.

  87. CG says:

    For winter, Ice hockey. For summer, Rowing!

  88. Bons says:

    Gymnastics and swimming!

  89. Leanne M says:

    Hockey, swimming and gymnastics!

  90. Kelly says:


  91. bc says:

    Speed skating in winter. track cycling in summer

  92. Tony says:


  93. Iain says:


  94. Glenda says:

    figure skating

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