Michelle Stilwell competes in the 200m T52 final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Olympic Stadium.

Michelle Stilwell competes in the 200m T52 final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Olympic Stadium.

Stilwell to race at Parapan Ams

Local politician and Paralympic gold medallist Michelle Stilwell will be part of the national team at the Parapan Am Games.

Local politician and Paralympic gold medallist Michelle Stilwell is getting ready for her next race.

The Canadian Paralympic Committee and Athletics Canada announced last week that the wheelchair racer will be part of the national team at the Parapan Am Games, starting Friday (Aug. 7) in Toronto.

“This honour is something I will cherish,” said Stilwell, Parksville-Qualicum MLA, in a press release. “It marks the first time I will have the privilege to represent my country at a major international competition being held on Canadian soil. The thrill to compete in front of my fellow Canadians will be a highlight of my athletic career.”