Montreal radio station names Benoit Huot Sports Personality of the Year

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MONTREAL – The Team 990, Montreal’s all sports radio station, named Canadian swimmer Benoit Huot of Longueuil co-recipient of the Sports Personality of the Year Award in the amateur category. He shares the award with Concordia University Stingers quarterback Liam Mahoney.

Huot is one the world’s top swimmers with a disability and enjoyed a 2007 season.

Highlights included a world record performance in the 800-metre freestyle in March and the 400 individual medley in May in both the short course and long course pools.

But it was at the Para Pan Am Games in August, where Huot sparkled. He collected seven medals including three gold and a world record in the 200 IM and was named Canada’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies.

‘’It is always a great honour to be recognized by your community,’’ said Huot. ‘’This was an award I never expected and it’s certainly heartwarming.’’

He’s off to a flying start in 2008 posting a world record time in the 50 backstroke this past weekend at the Eastern Championships in Toronto. He is one of Canada’s top athletes for this summer’s Paralympic Games in Beijing. He won five gold at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens.

In December at the Quebec Sport Awards he was named the International Male Athlete of the Year.

Huot was honored by Team 990 on Friday at a Benefit Luncheon at the Hotel Nelligan.

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