July 24, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) would like to congratulate Michael Edgson on his induction into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame. The Paralympic swimmer will be honoured – amongst other inductees – at a gala event at PISE on October 26, 2013.
He is the first Paralympian to be inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame.
“PISE is thrilled to see the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame induct their first Paralympian – and Michael is such an incredible athlete and ambassador for sport,” said Andrea Carey, Director of Operations and Community Engagement, PISE. “Congratulations to Michael, we look forward to the event in October”
“I am extremely honored, and would like to thank PISE for submitting the nomination to the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame,” said Edgson. “I am both humbled and quietly proud of the career I had in sport. It is a warm feeling when you are recognized for having an impact on your lifelong passion.”
Edgson remains one of the most decorated Paralympic athletes in Canadian history. He started swimming competitively at the age of 11 while living in Nanaimo, BC. He then attended the University of Victoria, joining the Vikes Swim Team.
Competing in the B3 category for athletes with visual acuity lower than 20/200, over his 12-year career (1981-92) Edgson represented Canada at three Paralympic Games (1984, 1988, 1992) winning 22 Paralympic medals including 18 gold. Combined with world championship competitions, he won 32 individual medals and set more than 20 world records. After winning nine Paralympic medals and setting four world records at the 1988 Seoul Paralympics, he was selected as Canada’s flag bearer at the Closing Ceremonies. He was responsible for the field of play of swimming at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria. In 2009 he was the first Paralympic swimmer to be inducted into Swimming Canada’s Circle of Excellence. In 2011 he was inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Committee Hall of Fame and in 2012 he was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.