On Saturday night or Sunday morning, thieves broke into the house of Canadian Paralympian Benoit Huot and stole his seven swimming medals, including his three medals from the Parapan Pacific Games in 2007, a bronze medal from Beijing in 2008, a bronze medal from the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002, a silver medal from the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006 and a gold medal from the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010.. Also stolen were his television and some furniture. Huot has appealed to the public for assistance in returning his medals.
Huot is quoted by CBC as saying, “The other stuff, they’re replaceable, but not the medals. […] It has no (monetary) value attached to it pretty much. It’s all sentimental and emotional and that’s it. These are things I want to give to my kids.”
Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi is quoted in the same source as saying, “It is disgraceful and shameful that a person would steal mementoes such as these. […] Swimming Canada is calling on that person to return the medals, and we ask them to contact the Longueuil police as soon as possible to make arrangements. Benoit worked so hard to earn these medals as a representative of Canada. The most important part is that they are returned to him.”
If people have more information about the theft, they are urged to contact the Longueuil police.
Huot has club feet and competes in the S10 class. He has nine Paralympic gold medals, which he won at the 2000 Summer Paralympics, 2004 Summer Paralympics and the 2012 Summer Paralympics.