Toronto, – Benoît Huot received Saturday evening the King Clancy award with all the other athletes who won a medal at the Paralympic Games in Beijing. The Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons (CFPDP) celebrated it’s 25th annual Great Valentine Gala, a major fundraising and public awareness event honouring the aspirations and achievements of Canadians with disabilities.

In a special tribute this year, the foundation wanted to recognize the performances of the Paralympic athletes who won medals at the recent Paralympic Games in Beijing by awarding the prestigious King Clancy.

In addition of the award, Scotiabank of Canada has partnered with the foundation to restore individual grants to athletes who won Paralympic medals in Beijing.

Benoît is very proud to receive this award. This is the second time that Benoît has received the King Clancy. In 2005, he won the honor following his performance at the Athens Games.

“A big thank you for the support over the last 25 years and especially for your passion for Paralympics. The foundation has always been present for us, the Paralympic athletes, and you’re still there 25 years later. We are fortunate to have people like you to help us. “Benoît said.

This year’s gala was held in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York hotel.

The 25th anniversary festivities also included a tribute to Gala founder and CFPDP Chairman, Vim Kochhar.

For 25 years, through numerous projects and national awareness campaigns like the Great Valentine Gala, Kochhar and his CFPDP colleagues have showcased the outstanding achievements of Canadians with disabilities along with the signal contributions of their many community partners, in Canadian business and society at large.

“We have always strived to bring people together in a broader understanding of what people with disabilities can really do,” says Kochhar. “Whether we are highlighting the achievements of our remarkable athletes or recognizing other people’s personal and professional accomplishments, it’s all about recognizing this country which is big enough for everyone who wants to play a part.”

Thank you and see you soon!

Benoît will be competing from March 19-21 in Portland, Oregon!