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BC Sports Hall of Fame - 2012

Michael Edgson achieved a dream when he won multiple gold medals and established new World Records in competitions on the World stage at a number of International Swim Competitions. These accomplishments led to him being named BC Disabled Athlete of the Year on three occasions and to him being a finalist for the Canadian Athlete of the Year award in 1992.

Michael began his swimming career in Nanaimo joining the Nanaimo Riptide Team in 1981. Beginning in 1982, he qualified for Provincial Championships, Canadian Youth Nationals/Junior Nationals. Although being visually impaired, he competed as a regular member of the club in Provincial and National Meets. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at the University of Victoria where he was a member of the University Vikings swim team.

Michael became a member of BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association in 1981 and began competing in the B3 In his first Canadian Blind Sports Association National Competition in 1982 (Calgary) where he won 1 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze medal. This was the spark that began 10 years of determination and commitment to being the best he could be and with the support of BC Blind Sports and coaches at the Nanaimo Riptides, Victoria Vikings and the CBSA National Organization his accomplishments are outstanding.

His first International competition was in New York in 1984 where he set 4 World Records in winning 4 Gold Medals. In 2 World Paralympic Games he won an aggregate of 11 individual and 2 team gold medals for Canada. Following his success at the 1988 Seoul Paralympics, Nanaimo City Counsel presented him with the keys to the city. A complete list of his accomplishments is attached.

He graduated from the University of Victoria in 1993 and today is a Branch Manager with one of the major banks. He lives in Delta with his wife and three sons.

Summary of Achievements

1984 International Games for the Disabled, Long Island, New York

  • 4 Gold Medals (set 4 World Records)
  • 2 Silver Medals

1985 CBSA Canadian Games for the Disabled, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

  • 5 Gold Medals (set 5 World Records breaking 4 which he held)

1986 World Championships for the Disabled, Gothenburg, Sweden

  • 3 Gold Medals (set 2 World Records, breaking ones he held)

1987 Can-Am Games for the Disabled, Uniondale, New York

  • 7 Gold Medals (set 2 World Records, breaking ones he held)

1988 Paralympics, Seoul, South Korea

  • 7 Individual Gold Medal (set 4 World Records, breaking ones he held)
  • 2 Relay Team Gold Medals (1 new World Record)

1990 World Games for the Disabled, Assen, The Netherlands

  • 7 Gold Medals (set 5 World Records, breaking ones he held)

1992 Paralympics, Barcelona, Spain

  • 4 Gold Medals ( set 1 new World Record, breaking one he held)
  • 1 Silver Medal


Sport BC Disabled Athlete of the Year; 1984 and 1988 and 1990

Finalist; Norton H. Crowe Award for Canadian Male Athlete of the Year 1992
(other nominees were winner Mark Tewksbury and Mark McCoy)

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