Benoît Huot
speakermultiple Paralympic medalist and President of Parasports Québec

Benoît Huot, speaker, is our Quebec Michael Phelps. While Phelps' exceptional performances are attributed to his physical structure, said to be perfect for a swimmer, Benoît has learned to work with his uniqueness, his handicap, to excel in his sport.

In the swimming world, he is known as The Shark. His record-breaking performance in the 200m medley in London blew us away and his unparalleled passion for the sport, for surpassing oneself and, undoubtedly, for life, will also win you over.

Since October 2023, Benoit has continued his mission to promote and recognize parasports in Quebec as President of Parasports Quebec.

Benoît Huot's lectures and training workshops:

  • Duration of his lectures: about 60 minutes, adaptable.
  • Workshops: 2 to 6 hours, depending on your needs, tailor-made.
  • Conferences available in French and English.
  • A preparatory call is planned to adapt the content of the conferences.

The Paralympic adventure

From an early age, Benoît learned to cope with the foot deformity he was born with. Far from abandoning his desire to succeed in sport, like most boys his age, swimming became an inexhaustible source of motivation for him when he realized that his clubfoot was no longer an obstacle to performance. Reviewing the four Paralympic periods in which he participated, Benoît Huot, speaker, will talk with contagious enthusiasm about the importance of always believing in your dreams, identifying your goals, doing everything you can to achieve them, and surrounding yourself with the right people. Through his own story, with a convincing visual to back it up, he'll inspire you to surpass yourself and push for success.

Overcoming adversity

We all have to deal with adversity at some point in our lives. It can come in many forms; stress, pressure, mental illness, anxiety, depression, etc. In this conference, Benoit shares his story of waking up one morning, overnight, besieged by severe anxiety related to his sport, with 4 Paralympic Games and several world championships under his belt, without the shadow of this threat.

After nearly six months without being able to put his head under water, his preparation for his next championships is seriously affected. A return home... and to his roots, is necessary. Like millions of people around the world, Benoit must learn to accept, understand and live with this imposed guest. He tells you about his journey, his search for solutions, how he still and forever coexists with anxiety and optimises his performance in the face of adversity. How do you get back on the podium?

Benoît Huot offers a variety of training courses tailored to your needs.

Here are some of the training titles he can develop with you.

Stress management training :

  • Overcoming adversity

Check out all our stress management training courses.

Social media training :

  • Being your own brand on social media

Check out all our social media training courses.

Performance training :

  • On your marks, get set!

See all our performance training courses.

Benoît Huot, speaker, is also available for variousanimation mandates. Contact us to find out more!

Biography of Benoît Huot :

Benoît was born with a deformity in his right leg, a club foot. He began swimming at the age of 8, and went on to become one of Canada's most decorated Paralympic athletes, winning 20 medals in 5 Paralympic Games.

A member of the Canadian national team from 1998 to 2018, he won over 32 medals in six World Championships, setting over 60 world records in his category.

Benoît is involved in various causes related to inclusion, diversity and healthy living. He is a proud ambassador of the Bon Départ Foundation and Right to Play.

A member of the Order of Canada and Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Québec, he inspires and motivates people to achieve their goals. He does this by passing on his passion for life.


  • Coaching & leadership
  • Human achievements
  • Stress management
  • Sport
  • Motivation, success and self-improvement
  • Living together
  • Communications (how to talk to the media/give an interview)
  • Social media (being your own brand/creating your brand)
  • Self-confidence
  • Performance


  • Wireless headset
  • Small table (for notes and water bottle)
  • Laptop computer
  • Remote control
  • Projector and screen
  • (audio-video outputs as videos with sound)

Benoît Huot in conference:

Benoît gives a short inspirational speech on Parliament Hill during Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations / Summer 2017

Conference presented in English in 2017.

Conference presented in English in 2017.

Conference presented in English in 2017.

Watch the excerpt of Benoît's conference presented at our VITRINE OF speakerson June 11, 2013 at the Gesù in Montreal

Interviews with Benoît Huot :

Entrevue avec Benoît Huot : Vivre avec l’anxiété (avril 2024)

HOW IT IS - Discussion with Benoit Huot at the time of COVID-19

Complete interview of Benoît Huot on the program PROFIL DE SUCCÈS (Fall 2018).

PepTalk on the road with... Benoit Huot

What our customers say:

« Benoit Huot a été excellent! On a beaucoup aimé sa conférence. Le temps a passé rapidement et il a su garder l’audience captivée et amener une touche d’émotion. Je le recommande! »


Everyone present was charmed! It was interesting and would have been very relevant to our students.
Benoît is very friendly and passionate. In short, I have nothing but good things to say.

Center de services scolaires de l'Or-et-des-Bois

« La formule présentée par Benoît est intéressante, sous forme d’histoire, son histoire, ses épreuves et ses solutions pour les surmonter.

L’atelier en piscine et ses échanges avec nos nageurs, se fut Formidable. Bien expliqué, pratique, toutes les informations étaient pertinentes, avec une très grande expérience comme nageur et olympien, même comme descripteur à la télévision, les jeunes ont été captivé et marqué par sa facilité d’approche. »

Marsouins de Val d'Or

[L]es participants (et moi-même) avons adoré sa présentation! Ce fut un vrai succès. Il est vraiment sympathique, dynamique et inspirant.

Défense nationale | Gouvernement du Canada

Les élèves ont beaucoup apprécié la conférence et la disponibilité de Benoît après celle-ci.
Ils ont été particulièrement captivés lors de la diffusion de la vidéo vers la fin de la conférence.
Une belle réflexion sur le courage dans l’adversité, le plaisir à retirer dans la réalisation de nos rêves.

Collège Sainte-Anne